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Outreach Paralegal - Voting Rights @ Southern Poverty Law Center

  • 15 Jan 2019 3:06 PM
    Message # 7002851
    Jason Fierman (Administrator)

    Outreach Paralegal - Voting Rights

    at Southern Poverty Law Center

    Atlanta, GA

    Summary: 

    The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Voting Rights Practice Group is the organization’s most recent expansion as it increases the breadth and impact of its voting rights program.  Given the onslaught of voter suppression tactics, especially those directed towards racial minorities and low-income people, the practice group’s work will focus primarily on litigation, legislative initiatives, and affirmative electoral reforms in the Deep South.   The group builds upon the SPLC’s history of advocating for the most vulnerable members of our society and continues the work it already is doing in this arena. 

    The program currently includes a lawsuit challenging Mississippi’s felon disenfranchisement law; playing a leading or supportive role in the passage of laws to restore voting rights in Florida and Louisiana; registering formerly incarcerated people in Alabama; and GOTV activities throughout the South, especially on college campuses.  The practice group will expand upon that work by delving even deeper into statewide and local redistricting, protecting the right of eligible voters to cast a ballot, and strongly advocating for reauthorization of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. 

    To assist in this exciting endeavor, we seek an outreach paralegal with at least two years of experience to perform extensive outreach to current and prospective clients and community organizations; conduct field investigations and advocacy; provide case management and support; conduct research; organize documents and information; and assist with community mobilization when appropriate.  Substantial overnight travel is required.  

    Primary Job Functions:

    • Work with team of outreach paralegals, attorneys, and paralegals on issue campaigns and legal cases;
    • Develop and execute outreach strategies to current and prospective community partners, stakeholders, and clients;
    • Support community partners, stakeholders and coalitions to advance voting rights and increase voter participation;
    • Planning and facilitating community meetings, including Know Your Rights presentations and town halls;
    • Manage and maintain routine communication with clients, community partners, and stakeholders;
    • Provide administrative and litigation support to attorneys, including researching, investigating, and documenting the facts of a case, conducting detailed intake interviews, reviewing documents/discovery information, and trial preparation;
    • Respond to individuals contacting the SPLC for legal assistance. 

    Qualifications –

    • College degree or relevant work experience;
    • At least two years of relevant work experience;
    • Well-organized, efficient, highly motivated, able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and see them through to completion, work well under tight deadlines, and take initiative;
    • Strong organizational and administrative skills and the ability to multitask and meet deadlines;
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills; strong interpersonal skills;
    • Ability to work independently as well as within a team while maintaining a high level of efficiency and professionalism;
    • Strong research, writing and computer skills;
    • Ability and willingness to travel;
    • Demonstrated commitment to civil rights issues and the mission and goals of the SPLC;
    • Fluency in Spanish preferred. 

    Other Special Considerations:

    This job is performed under general office conditions and is not subject to any strenuous physical demands or dangerous conditions. 

    Disclaimer:

    The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position.  These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position. 

    An Equal-Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity

    Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and as an organization committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices, we consider applicants equally of race, gender, gender identity, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, political affiliation, national origin, or prior record of arrest or conviction.

    https://boards.greenhouse.io/southernpovertylawcenter/jobs/4183340002?gh_src=e534a23e2#app#app

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