Title: Legal Assistant or Paralegal (if certified)
Supervisor: Legal Director
Hours: 40 hours per week
Georgia Justice Project (GJP) is a non-profit, public interest law office that serves people who are indigent and currently or previously involved in the criminal legal system. One way we do that is by providing vigorous legal representation combined with holistic social service support to clients facing criminal charges in metro Atlanta. Also, through our reentry legal programs we assist clients around the state with expunging and correcting their criminal history, modifying child support orders, overcoming housing discrimination, and dealing with other collateral consequences of a criminal record. GJP also actively engages in statewide education and legislative advocacy in an effort to lower barriers for people with criminal records on a systemic level.
Position Summary and Duties:
GJP is seeking to hire either a Legal Assistant or a certified Paralegal to assist our attorneys in representing clients and advancing the mission of the organization. The exact job responsibilities will depend on the experience of the person hired, but may include, though not be limited to, the following areas:
Attorney Support – The Legal Assistant/Paralegal will assist GJP attorneys by completing tasks such as: preparing files; completing online research for case information; summarizing criminal histories; preparing draft motions; drafting and preparing affidavits; e-filing motions; obtaining court documents; communicating with clients to update them on their cases and obtain information; completing interviews of potential clients who are in jail; preparing draft letters; and communicating with court personnel, law enforcement agencies, and probation officers.
Intake and Event Assistance – Potential intake and event duties include: assisting with the intake process by scheduling appointments and meeting with clients to gather necessary information; contacting potential clients for our criminal records clinic and providing administrative assistance for the clinic; and assisting with preparing for various Expungement Summits and other events held around the state.
Assist Clients with Criminal Records Issues – The Legal Assistant/Paralegal must be comfortable interacting with individuals who have current or prior justice involvement. The ideal candidate will be able to quickly comprehend Georgia’s laws around criminal records and become comfortable providing basic information to individuals about Georgia’s criminal records laws (while understanding the need to avoid giving legal advice as a non-attorney).
- Administrative – Making copies and filing; preparing materials for presentations and events; updating client databases; generating reports (transitioning to a Salesforce case management system), etc.
- Represent the organization to various communities and constituencies as requested
- Work collaboratively with other program staff on behalf of clients to accomplish the mission of the organization
- Assist other departments in organizational projects as needed and attend GJP functions (occasional evenings and weekend days)
- Bachelor’s Degree
- A commitment to social and racial justice and an understanding of or interest in learning about how poverty and race factor into the criminal justice system
- Ability to interact respectfully with diverse groups of people
- Interest in working in a highly collaborative and supportive environment that strives for a culture of equity, inclusion, and kindness
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- The ability to effectively manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment
- Experience with Microsoft Office
- Valid driver’s license (required)
Please email your resume, a 1 page cover letter, and a brief writing sample if you have one (no more than 5 pages). Please email materials (as a single, combined PDF) to Genny@GJP.org. Please use the subject line “Legal Assistant/Paralegal Position.” No phone calls please. GJP will accept applications until August 15th, 2019, but will consider applications as they are received and conduct ongoing interviews, and may select a candidate and remove the notice prior to that date.
GJP is an equal opportunity employer to all persons regardless of race, sex, color, age, religion, actual or perceived gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, ethnic or national origin, or familial status. We especially invite applicants who are themselves formerly-incarcerated or justice-involved, or have family members that are directly impacted by the system.