The Innocence Center Paralegal San Diego, CA · Full time

The Paralegal will be responsible for case identification, case review, litigation preparation, and administrative duties.

Description

Overview

The paralegal will be responsible for case identification, case review, preparation for litigation, and administrative duties as assigned.


     I.      Essential Functions:

 

1.    Perform case-related secretarial and administrative functions

2.    Analyze and review documents as required by attorneys

3.    Communicate, correspond, and interact with clients and outside entities

4.    Organize, maintain, and manage electronic case files


    II.      Specific Duties, included but not limited to:

 

1.    Case Processing

a.    Open and process incoming correspondence from incarcerated individuals seeking legal assistance

b.    Log correspondence into the case management system and deliver correspondence to the appropriate staff member

c.    Field calls from incarcerated individuals, clients, clients’ family members, attorneys, and potential clients looking to submit a case

d.    Complete and send template letters to clients informing them of their case’s status and/ or asking for additional case information or documents

e.    Prepare and send personalized letters to clients on behalf of attorneys

f.     Pull client archives and/or closed client case files for attorneys as requested

g.    Coordinate prison outreach to ensure incarcerated individuals have access to case submission questionnaire

2.    Case Management System Maintenance

a.    Maintain a system for tracking incarcerated individual requests for assistance

b.    Log all incoming and outgoing case-related correspondence appropriately in the case management system

c.    Create and maintain electronic client folders on shared drives with scanned case correspondence and relevant case documents

d.    Ensure client files in the case management system and shared drives are updated with the most current information as appropriate

e.    Work with the Director of Litigation to maintain the case management system

3.    Paralegal Duties and Case Preparation

a.    Conduct legal research and gather relevant case information

b.    Edit briefs and legal memoranda

c.    Perform citation checks on briefs and legal documents

d.    Draft legal documents and correspondence

e.    Prepare written reports to assist Case Management Supervisor and attorneys with case management

f.     Assist attorneys with hearing preparation and preparation of witness and expert binders

g.    Attend hearings


  III.      Qualifications


1.    Bachelor’s degree preferred or equivalent work experience

2.    Minimum of 5 years of work experience in a similar or related position

3.    Paralegal certificate preferred

4.    Excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to speak Spanish is a plus

5.    Strong organizational skills, including a well-developed attention to detail and follow-through

6.    Ability to prioritize tasks, work well under pressure, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment

7.    Ability to plan, organize, and manage multiple projects at a time

8.    Flexible and creative problem-solver, possessing strong critical thinking skills

9. Ability to develop reports, extract data, analyze output, and evaluate outcomes based on results

10. Strong interpersonal and organizational skills; must have an approachable and collaborative personal style

11. Ability to take initiative, work independently when needed, exercise good judgment, and make decisions based on established procedures

12. Demonstrated expertise with spreadsheets (MS Excel) and knowledge of word processing software (MS Word)

13. Knowledge of case management software systems, Clio preferred

14. Understanding of criminal legal issues and particularly, wrongful conviction, a plus


Note: this is a grant-funded position.

Salary

$5,000 - $6,000 per month