Post Date: 03/24/2020
Close Date: 05/29/2020
Organizational and Campaign Overview:
Our Children’s Trust is a non-profit public interest law firm that provides strategic, campaign-based legal services to youth from diverse backgrounds to secure their legal rights to a safe climate. We work to protect the Earth’s climate system for present and future generations by representing young people in global legal efforts to secure their binding and enforceable legal rights to a healthy atmosphere and stable climate, based on the best available science. We support our youth clients and amplify their voices before the third branch of government in a highly strategic legal campaign that includes targeted media, education, and public engagement work to support the youths’ legal actions. Our legal work – guided by constitutional, public trust, human rights laws and the laws of nature – aims to ensure systemic and science-based climate recovery planning and remedies at federal, state, and global levels. We seek legally-binding, countrywide and/or statewide science- based Climate Recovery Plans that will return atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations to levels below 350 ppm by the year 2100.
o Eugene, Oregon office.
Tasks and Responsibilities:
• Support multiple lawyers and cases with litigation and non-litigation tasks.
• Client management to ensure professional monitoring, collection, documentation, tracking and management of client circumstances and related evidence, and to apprise clients of
status in cases, in coordination with counsel of record.
• Report client needs to counsel of record and Client Support Manager.
• Coordinate with Alliance and Education Manager on new client outreach.
• For assigned jurisdictions, organize case files and document databases in both paper and electronic formats.
• For assigned jurisdictions track all case and docket requirements, and deadlines.
• Gather, review, analyze and summarize documents, orally or in writing, for litigation and
case development purposes.
• Perform legal research, including cite checks and shepardizing, on Westlaw and with traditional research tools.
• Prepare discovery, pleadings, caselaw and document binders to prepare attorneys for meetings, hearings and trial.
• Format and create tables for legal briefs and other court filings.
• Prepare, edit, and file pleadings and other documents electronically through court filing
• Ensure arrangements for depositions, court reporters and service agents and ordering of transcripts of every court proceeding in a timely manner.
• Prepare agendas for, and record minutes of, legal meetings and keep task lists updated as requested by Senior Paralegal and/or Managing Attorney.
• Support the legal team with excellent knowledge of all facets of Microsoft office, excel, and Google Documents/Sheets, and other case management software.
• Support other projects, such as Powerpoints, as needed.
• Be familiar with the rules of practice for every court in which we work.
Reporting Duties and Responsibilities:
o Report internally as requested.
Position Reports to:
o SeniorParalegalandManagingAttorney,andbeforehireofManagingAttorneyandSenior paralegal, Paralegal reports to Senior Litigation Attorney or Executive Director, as individually assigned.
o A Paralegal degree, three or more years working as a litigation/trial Paralegal or legal assistant, or equivalent experience.
o Exceptional proficiency with Westlaw, Google Drive, Macbooks, Microsoft Office, timekeeping, client management and document management software.
o Exceptional writing, organizational, and communication skills.
o Experience with state and federal court rules and electronic filing.
o Experience in client management and an interest in working with youth and families.
o Experience working in a fast-paced trial and appellate advocacy practice.
o Highly dependable and available and able to respond quickly to litigation needs, including
short deadlines and in high pressure situations.
o Familiarity with the Blue Book for cite checking purposes.
Compensation and Benefits:
OCT offers a competitive salary and benefits package. Salary is commensurate with experience and with the other members of our team. Employee benefits include employer-paid medical, vision, life, and disability insurance, retirement savings plan with employer match, paid vacation and holidays, and a relaxed work environment (albeit fast-paced).
We welcome, embrace, and respect diversity of people, identities, and cultures. We are committed to fostering an organizational culture of diversity and inclusion. Applicants from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. OCT is an equal opportunity employer.
Applicants should submit in a single PDF a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three references to Julissa@ourchildrenstrust.org. Please put “Paralegal” in the subject line of your email. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
You can find out more about OCT at our website: www.ourchildrenstrust.org.