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The NMELC is currently accepting applications for a PARALEGAL

Posted January 16, 2018

Responsibilities and duties:

  • Responsible to Staff Attorneys and Executive Director

  • Assists Attorneys and provides a range of legal support, such as: conducting legal and factual research, identifying relevant judicial decisions, statutes, legal articles, codes and other pertinent material.

  • Gathers and organizes information, then prepares a written report that the attorney uses to determine how the case should be handled.

  • Assists with preparing legal documents including briefs, pleadings, motions, appeals, agreements, contracts and legal memoranda.

  • Assists in the preparation of discovery documents.

  • Creates, maintains and monitors discovery indexes.

  • Files documents with courts and administrative bodies.

  • Works with attorneys to develop and prepare legal arguments, declarations and motions and other case filings.

  • Drafts legal documents. This can include drafting correspondence and pleadings, pretrial orders and legal briefs.

  • Works with clients, experts. And other witnesses and individuals involved in cases.

  • Develops a case file indexing system that can be used as an active archive for all ongoing and completed cases.

  • Utilizes existing files and a variety of other research resources to develop information for pending cases.

Paralegal Skills:
Paralegals must have a solid knowledge of legal terminology, legal principles and practices, federal and state rules of legal procedure and substantive law. They must have a thorough knowledge of legal research techniques and relevant computer software knowledge and experience. They must have excellent organizational skills to manage voluminous case files and exhibits. Communication skills are crucial because paralegals regularly interact with clients, experts, vendors, court personnel and other attorneys. Strong research and writing skills are also necessary for drafting pleadings, discovery, research memorandums, correspondence and other documents. Paralegal training in the art of written communication is essential.

Paralegal Skills and Qualifications:
Person is a self-starter who takes initiative to achieve team goals, articulate, must use excellent grammar and have excellent writing skills. College degree and 3+ years of paralegal experience. Must have strong organizational and interpersonal communication skills. Strong attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines.

To Apply

Please send cover letter, resume, a writing sample and three references to:

Yana Merrill at ymerrill@nmelc.org,

or send by mail to:

1405 Luisa Street, Suite #5
Santa Fe, NM 87505
attn: Yana Merrill

Competitive non-profit salary DOE and generous benefits. The Law Center is an equal opportunity employer. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

No phone calls, please.