Part-Time Intake Paralegal

The Midwest Innocence Project (MIP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit legal defense organization dedicated to representing wrongfully convicted prison inmates in our five-state region (MO, KS, NE, IA, AR) who can prove their innocence through the use of DNA testing and other newly discovered evidence. The MIP seeks a candidate for a part-time (20 hours per week) Intake Paralegal position in its Kansas City, MO office, with the potential for full-time. The part-time Intake Paralegal will play a vital role in the project, particularly in the areas of case document procurement and case file management.

 

Responsibilities include:

 

  • Processing mail from applicants; posting and sending outgoing legal mail
  • Locating, collecting, compiling, scanning, and organizing court and evidence records
  • Maintaining electronic and paper case files
  • Inputting data and maintaining case databases, including case information, case statuses, and grant reporting information
  • Drafting client and/or family communications and correspondence
  • Preparing and tracking public records requests and responses
  • Responding to intake and status request letters from applicants and sending out timely reminders regarding the status of an application.
  • Scheduling legal calls and visits for legal staff.

 

Qualifications:

 

  • Commitment to social justice, particularly the mission of MIP
  • Minimum one-year experience as a paralegal or legal assistant
  • Familiarity with criminal legal files and/or prior experience with criminal case files preferred.
  • Proficiency with the following systems strongly preferred: Microsoft Office Suite, Dropbox, Slack, Clio

 

Compensation is $20/hour, with the potential for future full-time employment. This position will require time in-office to handle paper case-files.

 

The selected candidate must be detail oriented with strong organizational and interpersonal skills. The ideal candidate must be a self-starter and passionate about criminal justice issues.

 

Application Instructions:

Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and a list of references to Tricia Rojo Bushnell at trojobushnell@themip.org. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

 

The Midwest Innocence Project is an equal opportunity employer and strives for diversity among its applicant pool as well as within its staff and board. We strongly encourage people from all backgrounds, especially racial, ethnic, gender and sexual orientation minorities, veterans, people with disabilities, and smart people with non-linear/non-traditional experience and educational backgrounds to apply for this position. Most importantly, no matter their background, the person selected for this position must embrace, advocate for, and deeply value equity, diversity, and inclusivity.

 

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