The Civil Rights Group, LLC represents plaintiffs in cases involving police misconduct, abuses in jails and prisons, and sexual harassment or assault by housing providers. Most of our cases are in federal court.
We are passionate about the cases we take, and we care about the people we represent. We pursue our cases relentlessly, leveraging technology and well-documented procedures to get results. We are big believers in improving our own skills and the firm’s practices. We attend seminars, read books, and follow the work of other, skilled plaintiff’s lawyers, always on the lookout for new techniques that can help our clients.
Despite the unpredictable, demanding, and contentious nature of litigation, we maintain a calm, organized workplace. At our firm, fire drills, midnight filings, and sleep deprivation are avoided, not celebrated.
Fit. We are looking for paralegals who (a) share our enthusiasm for taking on police misconduct, prison abuse, and housing sexual harassment (b) enjoy using technology to do things better and more efficiently.
Duties. The new paralegal will assist in all aspects of the firm’s police misconduct, prisoners’ rights, and housing harassment cases. Under direction of the firm’s lawyers, the paralegals will help investigate cases, prepare filings and discovery, file documents using the federal courts’ CM/ECF system, work directly with clients and witnesses, and maintain the firm’s electronic files, including in Filevine, CS DISCO’s Casebuilder, and Nextpoint’s Document Review System.
Training. We will provide training to all new hires to familiarize them with the firm’s technology and processes.
Location. The position is fully remote. As a pandemic-born law firm, the Civil Rights Group does not have a physical office. We will provide funds to comfortably outfit a home office. Because we value face-to-face contact, and the founders are in Chicago, Chicago-based applicants will have an advantage.
Travel. The firm takes cases all over the country, so travel is expected, as required to meet case needs. Activities that require travel may include meetings with clients and witnesses, investigating cases on the ground, and assisting with trials.
Hours. The position is full-time. The firm expects paralegals to work (not “bill”) 40-45 hours per week.
Career Path. The firm does not currently have tiers of paralegals, but compensation and responsibility may increase over time. Paralegals may also, if interested, seek responsibility in firm administration, including marketing, intake, staff and vendor supervision, technology evaluation and implementation, process management and improvement, and so on.
Other Expectations. This is a trial practice, so time demands will sometimes exceed 45 hours per week and can be unpredictable. Also, our clients come from all over the country and every walk of life. We need team members who are comfortable with and capable of communicating effectively with virtually anyone they meet, whether in a courtroom, office, or prison.
Experience. We are open to applicants with 2 or more years of experience working as a legal assistant, paralegal, or in a similar position at a firm focusing on federal-court litigation. Extensive experience with civil rights law, federal court civil litigation, or trial practice will give the applicant a leg up.
Writing. We expect paralegals to write well and have the ability or willingness to learn how to draft simple-to-medium complexity letters, motions, and other documents based on samples and templates.
Technology. The applicant should profess and demonstrate a desire to use technology efficiently and a willingness to learn new systems. The applicant should be proficient with Microsoft Office products, including Outlook, Word, and Excel. Experience with litigation-specific products (case management platforms like Filevine, deposition annotation platforms like CS DISCO’s CaseBuilder, and document review and production platforms like Nextpoint, Logikull, and Relativity) is an advantage.
Compensation and Benefits
Salary. The starting salary is $65,000.
Bonus. We will pay an annual bonus based on the paralegal’s contributions and the firm’s overall performance.
Insurance. We offer a menu of health insurance plans for employees and their families through BCBS of Illinois. We pay $400 per month toward insurance, which may be enough to cover the total cost depending on the plan selected and other factors. We also offer dental and vision plans at the employee’s expense.
Retirement. The firm does not currently have a 401(k) or other retirement plan. Creating one is on the roadmap.
To Get Started. Please send a resume and cover email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may include in your cover email anything you’d like us to know.
When. This position is open until filled.
What to Expect. We will review and respond to all submissions. We will ask some applicants to participate in a Zoom interview. From there, the process will be individualized.