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||Paralegal-ACLUF Immigrants' Rights Project, NY
||Office: National Offices, New York, NY
Location: New York
March 13, 2013
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation Immigrants' Rights Project, NY For more than 92 years, the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (ACLU), has been at the forefront of virtually every major battle for civil liberties and equal justice in this country. Principled and nonpartisan, the ACLU has offices in all 50 states, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico, and brings together the country?s largest team of public interest lawyers, lobbyists, communication strategists, and members and activists in the advancement of equality, fairness, and freedom, especially for the most vulnerable in our society.
The Immigrants? Rights Project of the ACLU's National office in New York City seeks applications for the full-time position of Paralegal.
The Immigrants? Rights Project (IRP) works to defend the civil and constitutional rights of immigrants through a comprehensive program of impact litigation and public education. The IRP conducts the largest litigation program in the country dedicated to enforcing and defending the constitutional and civil rights of immigrants and to combating public and private discrimination against non-citizens.
In recent years, state and local lawmakers around the country have adopted unconstitutional legislation and policies designed to take federal immigration regulation and enforcement into their own hands. These policies invite discrimination against immigrants, Latinos, and other communities of color and erode civil rights and civil liberties by, for example, permitting police officers to demand documentation from anyone who is subject to routine encounters with law enforcement. The civil liberties threats are especially dire in the southeastern region of the country, where state legislatures have enacted some of the nation?s harshest anti-immigrant laws and local law enforcement agencies have engaged in patterns and practices of racial profiling.
Current areas of litigation and advocacy also include detention; habeas corpus and access to the courts; immigration enforcement practices and racial profiling; discrimination in the criminal justice system; workplace rights; discriminatory language and education policies; due process in immigration removal proceedings; Freedom of Information Act proceedings; and post-9/11 policies and practices affecting non-citizens and citizens alike.
The IRP maintains offices in New York and California but also supports and coordinates the immigrants? rights work of the ACLU?s affiliates around the country. The Paralegal will be an integral part of the IRP team, will attend regular staff meetings and will have the opportunity to learn about strategies for protecting the rights of immigrants.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Produce and file pleadings in federal courts (from district court through Supreme Court level), and occasionally state courts around the United States.
- Manage and coordinate databases, case files, attorneys' correspondence files, IRP litigation docket, etc.
- Research and analyze issues where appropriate.
- Serve as liaison with co-counsel and clients.
- Provide litigation support for attorneys in the New York office and backup support for attorneys in the San Francisco and Georgia offices.
- Respond to intake calls, emails and letters from individuals seeking assistance.
- Prepare updates for IRP information on ACLU website.
- Occasional drafting of cultivation materials and letters.
- Hire, supervise, and train legal administrative assistants, undergraduate interns and volunteers. Serve as liaison for administrative relations with ACLU affiliates and other offices within National ACLU.
- Perform other special projects and other duties as assigned by the Director and Staff Attorneys.
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
- A Bachelor's degree required and one year of paralegal or related experience preferred.
- Excellent word-processing and computer skills in Windows XP environment.
- Proficient with Microsoft WordPerfect, Word, Excel, and Outlook.
- Strong internet research skills are essential.
- Must be well organized, efficient, highly motivated, able to handle multiple tasks at once, work well under pressure, and take initiative.
- Must have outstanding written, verbal and interpersonal skills, superb attention to detail and excellent phone manner.
- Ability to work independently as well as within a team.
- Commitment to civil liberties, immigrants' rights and public interest legal work is essential.
The ACLU offers a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and within parameters of the ACLU compensation scale.
HOW TO APPLY
Applicants should send a cover letter (with salary requirements), resume, a non-fiction writing sample of not more than five pages in length and the names of two (2) references by email to hrjobsIRP@aclu.org. Reference [IRP-04/ACLU-FEM] in the subject line. Please note that this is not the general ACLU applicant email address. This email address is specific to the Immigrants' Rights Project posting. In order to ensure your application is received, please make certain it is sent to the correct e-mail address. You can expect to receive an automatic response that acknowledges the submission of application materials.
Alternatively applications can be mailed Human Resources
American Civil Liberties Union
125 Broad Street, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10004
Please indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this career opportunity.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
This job description provides a general but not comprehensive list of the essential responsibilities and qualifications required. It does not represent a contract of employment. The ACLU reserves the right to change the job description and or posting at any time without advance notice.
The ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status. We encourage applicants with disabilities who may need accommodations in the application process to contact: Recruitment@aclu.org.
Correspondence sent to the Recruitment@aclu.org address that is not related to accommodations will not be reviewed. Applicants should follow the instructions above regarding how to apply.
The ACLU comprises two separate corporate entities, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation. Both the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation are national organizations with the same overall mission, and share office space and employees. The ACLU has two separate corporate entities in order to do a broad range of work to protect civil liberties. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name "ACLU."
||May 20 2013 12:00AM
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