About the Clinic: The Duke Environmental Law & Policy Clinicâ€™s mission is to train the next generation of leaders to solve environmental problems by providing access to justice in underserved communities. Operating collectively as a public interest law firm with eleven distinct practice areas and housed in its own wing of the law school, the Duke Legal Clinics provide students challenging opportunities to deepen their substantive legal knowledge, strengthen their advocacy skills, and build their professional identities. The Environmental Law & Policy Clinic (â€œELPCâ€?) is a joint program of Duke Law School and the Nicholas School of the Environment that represents non-profit clients in civil matters. The ELPC provides a range of services to its non-profit clients, including factual and legal research, litigation representation, policy research and development, and project counseling. Cases involve a wide range of matters. About the Position: The position offers a salary and benefits commensurate with comparable non-profit paralegal positions. This is a part-time position located in Durham, North Carolina. Some additional evening, weekend, and travel assignments may be required. It is expected that part time hours will be 30 hours per week in any week.
Responsibilities: Depending on the ELPCâ€™s caseload, the paralegal will be responsible for: —? Determining specific court requirements for filing in state and federal courts —? Finding and obtaining copies of public records from local, state and federal agencies —? Drafting legal documents in compliance with state, federal, and local rules under supervision of assigned attorneys, including but not limited to the following: affidavits; interrogatories; requests for production; deposition; litigation hold notices; electronic discovery requests; sections of complaints; civil summons; cover sheets; and certificates of service. —? Preparing final clean versions and arranging for filing and service of all court briefs and other final court documents including pleadings appendices; tables of contents; tables of authorities; exhibits; and indices for court filings —? Calendaring matters for hearing and coordinating calendars among team members —? Communicating with clerks of court regarding filing, logistical, and other questions —? Establishing a chronology of facts for litigation and administrative petitions —? Locating and interviewing witnesses, and preparing selected witnesses for trial —? Assisting with document review and discovery, including requesting admissions and document production —? Legal and policy research, including research using Bloomberg, Westlaw and/or LexisNexis —? Identifying and contacting experts —? Attending hearings and trials in order to take notes, observe the jury, handle exhibits, and other tasks as needed —? Organizing meetings with clients, colleagues, and community groups —? Organizing and supporting meetings of the Clinicsâ€™ Advisory Boards, travel plans, and social gatherings in support of the work of the Clinic and affiliated entities —? Maintaining secure paper and electronic files according to established office protocol and procedures —? Streamline office operations and leading the movement to paperless systems —? General administrative support —? Ability to effectively use Clio to manage documents —? Willingness to work with students to foster a positive learning environment —? Orientation of new staff, including Law and Policy Fellows, interns, and students —? Supporting supervising attorneys in maintaining critical membership, CLE, and Bar compliance —? Performing initial case assessments on matters referred or submitted to the Clinic —? Acting as an initial point-of-contact for potential clients and preparing initial information for the supervising attorneysâ€™ review —? Calendaring meetings, appointments, and other dates for clinical staff —? Ability to meet deadlines and work under time pressure —? Assisting the classroom training of clinical students upon request —? Occasional support of other Duke Legal Clinics upon request and depending upon availability
EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE Required Education: —? Work requires analytical, communications and organizational skills generally acquired through completion of a bachelorâ€™s degree program. —? North Carolina Paralegal Certification is preferred.
Required Experience: —? Work requires one year of experience in program administration or involving academic, instructional or counseling activities to acquire skills necessary to plan, coordinate and implement a variety of program activities and events. OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANTÂ
Required Skills: —? Ability to provide guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting standards and monitoring performance. —? Skills using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions to problems. —? Skills evaluating program performance, summarizing findings, communicating results, and forming an action plan. —? Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, recourse allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, and coordination of people and resources. The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. Essential Physical Job Functions Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.
Preferred Experience and Skills: —? Demonstrated knowledge of state and federal rules of civil and appellate procedure —? Previous professional experience as a paralegal working in a litigation-focused law office, including previous experience preparing and filing documents in state and federal courts (5+ years preferred) —? Ability to conduct intermediate factual and legal research —? Demonstrated time management skills and ability to work with diverse subject matter —? Highly organized and detail-oriented —? Ability to maintain strict confidentiality and discretion —? Ability to maintain good relationships and communicate effectively with court staff, co-workers, and students - ? Ability to take ownership of assigned projects —? Familiarity with Law Clinics and working in an academic environment —? Strong interest and dedication to public interest work —? Flexibility to adjust work plan according to clientsâ€™ changing needs, court schedules, etc.
Younger than most other prestigious U.S. research universities, Duke University consistently ranks among the top schools in the country. It’s 9,000-acre campus is located in Durham, N.C, a city with vibrant business, sporting, and arts communities. Duke also is active internationally through the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School in Singapore, Duke Kunshan University in China and numerous research a...nd education programs across the globe. Duke employees are part of a premier organization dedicated to excellence in education, research, and patient care. By working at Duke, employees gain the opportunity and the responsibility to make a real difference in the world. Duke is continuously seeking top talent to help contribute to a legacy of great achievement and even greater promise.