Information Technology / Electronically Stored Information (IT/ESI) Litigation Paralegal

The Southern Environmental Law Center is seeking an IT/ESI litigation paralegal to oversee and manage the technology that supports our litigation trial practice.  This new position provides an excellent opportunity to participate in the efforts of an organization that successfully addresses many of the critical and challenging environmental issues that face the Southeast.

About the Position: Under the supervision of SELC’s Litigation Director, the IT/ESI paralegal  will assist SELC’s legal teams on all technical aspects of litigation including e-filing, electronic document management, e-discovery, graphical representation of exhibits, and trial presentations.  The qualified candidate will possess broad, applied litigation technology expertise in these areas and will be knowledgeable and prepared to recommend appropriate IT equipment and software to enhance our complex litigation practice.  The IT/ESI paralegal will work with all members of our case teams, our in-house IT staff, outside and opposing counsel and their staff, court reporters and court personnel to insure all litigation IT needs are timely and fully met. The IT/ESI paralegal will assist and train end-users on the use of litigation support software and equipment and will resolve any technical issues that arise.  While this position will be housed in the Chapel Hill, North Carolina office, travel to other SELC offices and attendance at trial is expected.

About SELC: SELC has nine offices across the region (Charlottesville, VA; Chapel Hill, NC; Atlanta, GA; Charleston, SC; Washington, DC; Birmingham, AL; Nashville, TN; Asheville, NC; and Richmond, VA), SELC is widely recognized as the Southeast’s foremost environmental organization and regional leader. SELC works on a full range of environmental issues to protect the South’s natural resources and the health and well-being of its people. Although its regional focus is the Southeast, much of its work is national in scope and impact. 

SELC works in Congress and state legislatures to inform environmental laws; in regulatory agencies to implement environmental laws and policies; and in the courts to enforce the law, stop the worst abuses, and set important precedents. The organization works collaboratively with more than 100 national, state, and local groups to enhance their efficacy and achieve common conservation goals. It currently has a staff of over 130 individuals, with 80 attorneys, including some of the nation’s leading experts in their respective fields.

SELC prides itself on collegiality, teamwork, and mutual respect among its staff and board.  We seek to bring these same values to our work in partnership with organizations, communities, and people of all backgrounds that share our mission to protect the environment of the South. The South has a rich natural diversity and an equally rich cultural diversity. To better fulfill its mission, SELC is committed to broadening the diversity of its staff. We believe this will strengthen our organization and our effectiveness in responding to the many environmental challenges affecting the South and its people.

Required Qualifications:

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree
  • Prior experience in a similar position with a litigation trial practice
  • A high aptitude for IT systems, software and equipment, particularly those utilized in litigation
  • Complete knowledge and understanding of the litigation process and procedures
  • Expertise in processing, converting, loading, tagging, exporting and the overall management of data and records received and produced through discovery and public records requests
  • Experience with Relativity, Concordance, Logikull and Trial Director or similar software programs
  • Ability to develop, stream-line and implement best-practice procedures and systems
  • Ability to take initiative, to anticipate and solve problems, and to remain on-task until work is complete and issues are resolved
  • Great listening and communication skills
  • Ability to focus, attend to details, and juggle multiple assignments and complete them on time
  • Ability to work independently and with teams of legal professionals
  • Proficiency in all MS Office applications
  • Willingness to stay current on litigation and courtroom technologies with the goal of bringing useful state-of-the-art applications and tools to SELC
  • A genuine interest in and commitment to helping SELC foster a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace.

To Apply: Please apply by sending an email with a cover letter, resume and list of three employment references to [email protected] with “IT/ESI Litigation Paralegal” as the subject.  Applications missing any requested documents will not be considered.  No telephone calls or walk-ins please.

SELC believes that a broad range of ideas, life experiences, and backgrounds enriches our workplace, drives innovative thinking, and attracts highly talented people who seek a work environment that values the unique contributions of individual team members. We are eager to welcome new team members who share this belief. We still have much progress to make, but our goal is to create and maintain a staff that, at every level, reflect the rich racial and cultural diversity of the communities where we work and the clients that we serve. SELC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and persons of all backgrounds—including people of color, women, people with disabilities, veterans, and LGBTQ candidates—are strongly encouraged to apply.