ACLU of Maryland Now Hiring a Legal Associate!
Legal Associate Job Description
The Legal Associate is a key member of the ACLU of Maryland's Legal Department, based in our Baltimore office. The Legal Department will consist of five staff attorneys and three non-lawyers (including this position), as well as several interns and volunteers. The legal team is currently working on nationally-significant litigation and cutting-edge cases and campaigns addressing issues such as immigrants' rights, criminal justice reform, police accountability, discrimination, free speech, and much more.
The Legal Associate works with the attorneys and other legal staff on litigation and non-litigation advocacy work and will be an integral part of legal department. Please note that this is not an attorney position, nor will it become one. This position is directly supervised by the Legal Program Manager. The ideal candidate is a bilingual, highly organized, people person who is enthusiastic about helping clients and co-workers through administrative support, information gathering, and written and oral communication. The day-to-day is exciting, busy and varied. Projects and cases are typically assigned during or following weekly legal meetings, when decisions are made about which attorneys and other legal staff will work on new cases and projects.
This position is for a bilingual Spanish speaker because an important part of the job will be written and verbal communication with Spanish-speaking clients and outreach to Spanish-speaking groups through our Know Your Rights trainings, Election Protection campaign, and more. The majority of the work will be in English, but Spanish fluency is required.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
LITIGATION AND ADVOCACY SUPPORT
- Communicate with clients, clients' families, witnesses, partner organizations, etc. in writing, by phone, and in person
- Assist with factual research as requested, such as cite-checking, telephoning sources of information, internet searches, etc.
- Investigate complaints of civil rights violations through phone calls, meetings, internet research, gathering documents, and other facts and evidence
- Assist Spanish-speaking callers to our main phone line and Complaint Line, as needed
- Conduct basic translation and interpretation of intake and case documents
- Assist with Know Your Rights (KYR) presentations in English and Spanish, draft KYR materials in English and Spanish, and provide administrative support to the KYR training program
- Outreach to community and client groups
- Conduct and/or assist attorneys in client interviews and meetings
- Schedule meetings and conference calls, prepare materials for meetings, and take minutes
- Draft correspondence, administrative complaints and requests, and case summaries
- Draft requests for public information; review, compile and organize responses to such requests
- Assist with outreach and investigate complaints during state and federal elections for ACLU's Election Protection campaign
- Read and respond to emails and enter work time into time-keeping database daily
- Participate in weekly legal meetings, staff meetings (and sometimes committees)
- Support and participate in the Legal Department's development and progress towards the department's race equity goals
- Maintain hard-copy and electronic files related to cases and projects assigned
- Develop and execute document management protocols in large cases
- Maintain contact lists and information for clients, co-counsel, advocacy partners, committee members, etc.
- Create excel spreadsheets, mail merges, PowerPoint presentations, etc.
- Fax, copy, email and mail correspondence
- Assist with scanning, copying, mailing
- Assist with answering telephones and screening calls
- Perform other clerical tasks, as needed
- Conduct other tasks, as needed
- Detail-oriented writing and formatting skills
- Clear oral communication skills with diversity of people in English and Spanish
- Organized, methodical, and thorough in interviews, investigations, research and writing
- Good time management and adept at managing multiple projects and tasks
- Responsible and reliable
- Good judgment about priorities and communications
- Positive, helpful attitude; warm and empathetic
- Knowledge of civil rights/liberties and/or immigrant communities
- Ability to take initiative, problem-solve, and work independently
- Patience and flexibility with project teams, clients, and partner groups
- Fluency in Spanish
- A commitment to race equity and social justice
- Available occasionally on weekends and evenings, in keeping with 40 hours/week
Compensation and Benefits
Salary based on experience. Excellent benefits include paid vacation and sick leave, medical and dental insurance, retirement plan, life and long-term disability insurance, paid holidays, and friendly work environment.
The position will remain open until filled. Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis.
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The ACLU of Maryland is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate in employment based on any individual's race, socioeconomic status, national origin, color, disability, religion, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity.