American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico (ACLU-NM) seeks a self-motivated and dependable team member to fill the position of Paralegal in support of our Legal Department. The Paralegal will provide legal administrative support to staff attorneys and help with legal intake under the supervision of the Legal Director. The Paralegal must maintain confidentiality, exercise sound judgment, multi-task, meet deadlines and use discretion in performing job responsibilities.
This is a part-time (20 hours/week) position based in Albuquerque, with occasional required travel within the state.
The ACLU of New Mexico is the state affiliate of the ACLU, the nation’s premier civil rights and civil liberties organization. The purpose of ACLU-NM is to protect and advance justice, liberty and equity as guaranteed by the constitutions of New Mexico and the United States. We work to make justice, liberty and equity realities for all people in New Mexico, with particular attention to the rights of people and groups who have historically been disenfranchised. The ACLU of NM furthers these principles without political partisanship. For more information please visit www.aclu-nm.org.
The ACLU-NM combines legal, policy, organizing and communications approaches to maximize its impact. We partner with individuals and communities impacted by injustices to inform and mobilize people throughout the state. The people in the center of the struggles for justice, who feel the impact in their daily lives, are especially important allies.
The ACLU of New Mexico is committed to ending racism and other inequities. This includes how we work with each other and with our partners and allies in the communities we serve. We are looking for candidates who share our commitment to advancing racial justice, both internally in our organization and externally in the communities that we serve.
Primary responsibilities include:
- Prepare and execute filings of legal documents, including briefs, motions, court forms, petitions, subpoenas, and discovery documents.
- Maintain electronic and paper case files, including pleadings, correspondence, discovery, and other materials.
- Communicate and coordinate with clients, court personnel, co-counsel, partner organizations, etc.
- Draft correspondence, declarations, notices, and various court/legal documents.
- Manage logistics for depositions, oral arguments, court hearings, and other events;
- Assist attorneys with research, including cite-checking and Internet searches.
- Support various investigatory, research, advocacy, and case-related projects as needed.
- Organize and analyze discovery documents.
- Assist in case development and policy work, including conducting interviews of potential clients and witnesses, requesting and reviewing records.
- Respond to requests for assistance; utilize and maintain intake database.
- Coordinate with accounting department on legal department and case expenses.
- Provide administrative support to attorneys.
- Prepare expense reimbursements, check and credit card requests.
- Provide logistical support for meetings in/out of the office.
- Engage in special projects and other administrative duties as assigned.
- Center principles of equity, inclusion, and belonging. Demonstrate cultural and social humility with colleagues, with clients, and with community partners.
- Work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts
- An understanding of and enthusiasm for civil liberties and civil rights and personally committed to advancing the ACLU’s values, mission, goals and programs.
- A commitment to diversity; a personal approach that values the individual and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance, and able to work with diverse individuals within the organization and broader community.
- Awareness of, and willingness to engage in, the difficult and transformative work of challenging systems of oppression, institutional and structural racism, and implicit bias.
- Two years of paralegal work experience or related field. Paralegal certification, a plus.
- Strong research skills, including internet research.
- Excellent word processing and proofreading skills.
- Knowledge of filing procedures and requirements for trial and appellate courts in state and federal systems, and experience researching civil procedure and all courts’ rules.
- Demonstrated proficiency with filing and case management system
- Strong verbal and written communication skills.
- Strong computer skills with advanced knowledge in Microsoft Office Suite. Experience creating tables of contents, tables of authorities, and mail merges.
- Must take initiative, be highly organized and detail-oriented, and possess strong interpersonal and time-management skills.
- Able and willing to travel and work overtime as needed including some evenings and weekends.
- Bilingual in English and Spanish a plus.
Compensation and Benefits
The ACLU of New Mexico offers a comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and in line with the ACLU of New Mexico compensation scale. The compensation range for this position is $22/hour to $24/hour.
To apply, email a cover letter, resume, and a list of three references to HR@aclu-nm.org and include in the subject line of the email: your last name and Paralegal. In your letter, please indicate where you learned of the posting.
Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible as we will be evaluating applications on a rolling basis beginning on July 26, 2021.
Application materials will also be accepted via postal mail, but electronic filing is strongly preferred. Mailed applications should be sent to c/o HR, P.O. Box 566, Albuquerque, NM 87103.
Due to COVID-19 and our commitment to prioritize employee health and safety, our organization is operating with a hybrid of remote and in-person work. If the successful candidate is hired while the ACLU of New Mexico staff is still remote, we will work with that candidate to ensure that they have the tools, equipment, and digital onboarding to be successfully integrated into our remote work environment.
The ACLU of New Mexico is an equal opportunity employer. The ACLU of New Mexico is committed to creating a work environment that is free from discrimination and supportive of a workforce that reflects the diversity of our communities and the people we serve. The ACLU of New Mexico strongly encourages applications from all qualified including women, people of color, people who identify as LGBTQ, people who are gender diverse, people with disabilities, people who have experienced poverty or homelessness, people who have had prior contact with the juvenile, criminal justice, child welfare, or immigration systems, and people who have personal experience with other issues we work on.
“ACLU of New Mexico” refers collectively to two separate corporate entities, the ACLU of New Mexico and the ACLU of New Mexico Foundation. The two entities share the same mission, office space, and employees.