Legal Assistant/Paralegal (Morgantown)

Who We Are
Mountain State Justice is a nationally recognized, non-profit law office with offices in Charleston, and Morgantown, West Virginia. MSJ is dedicated to redressing entrenched and emerging systemic social, political, and economic imbalances of power for marginalized West Virginians, through legal advocacy and community empowerment. Essential to our mission is an inclusive work environment that encourages, supports, and rewards the collaborative and creative pursuit of professional excellence. The MSJ team is committed to shared values of impact; excellence; empowerment; compassion; integrity; maximizing available resources; and addressing unmet needs.

At MSJ you will work with creative and aggressive advocates who care deeply about our work and our clients. MSJ values candidates who bring diverse experiences to the workplace, including economic, racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds, and criminal legal system contact.

The Position
MSJ is seeking a full-time paralegal/legal assistant to work out of our Morgantown office, supporting three attorneys in our immigration and civil litigation practices.

Who You Are
The following is an aspirational view of an ideal candidate; we encourage applications from candidates with a wide range of experiences and backgrounds, especially those from historically marginalized groups. While no candidate will bring every qualification desired, the below are representative of the knowledge and skills that MSJ seeks for this hire:

  • Bilingual (especially in English and either Arabic or Spanish)
  • Paralegal experience or training in immigration and/or civil litigation
  • Excellent attention to detail, typing, and proof-reading skills
  • Ability to multi-task & excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to draft basic legal notices and documents
  • Knowledge of immigration forms and procedures
  • Knowledge state and federal court forms and procedures, including use of CM/ECF
  • Comfort with technology, including case management software, Adobe Pro, and Microsoft Office
  • Dependability and strong work ethic
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Experience working with low income, high needs, or marginalized people
  • Knowledge of West Virginia social service system
  • Lived experience with racism, poverty, and/or other inequity
  • Energetic and ability to thrive in a fast-past environment
  • Commitment to social and racial justice

Compensation & Benefits
Salary commensurate with experience. Salaries range from $35,000 to $55,000 for an extremely qualified individual under the metrics above. Benefits include health, vision, dental, and life insurance as well as a flexible spending account and/or health savings account, and paid leave.

Application Process
To apply, please send a cover letter explaining your qualifications and interest and resume to rachel@msjlaw.org with the subject line “Paralegal.”

Application deadline: January 10, 2021

For more information about Mountain State Justice visit www.mountainstatejustice.org and our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mountainstatejustice.