South Carolina Environmental Law Project

Lawyers for the Wild Side of South Carolina

Legal Assistant
Job opportunity posted on 01/11/2021

Position Start: February (initially part-time with the potential to lead into full-time employment)
Location: Georgetown, SC or Charleston, SC
Salary Range: $15-18/hour, based on experience

Summary

The South Carolina Environmental Law Project (SCELP) is now accepting applications for a legal assistant. SCELP was founded in 1987 to meet the critical need for specialized non-profit legal services for environmental protection in South Carolina. SCELP is a non-profit public interest environmental law firm that utilizes the legal system to ensure protections for and conservation of our state’s natural resources. SCELP has a main office in Georgetown and satellite offices in Greenville and Mt. Pleasant.

The mission of the South Carolina Environmental Law Project (SCELP) is to protect the natural environment of South Carolina by providing legal services and advice to environmental organizations and concerned citizens and by improving the state’s system of environmental regulation.

Description

SCELP is seeking a resourceful and enthusiastic person to assist and provide support for the organization’s attorneys as well as help manage the case filing and retrieval system to ensure that SCELP’s document management is efficient and well-organized.

The position will report to the Executive Director, but work closely with staff attorneys and other staffers across our three offices and can be based in either Georgetown or Mt. Pleasant, with weekly visits to the other office. This job offers opportunities for future full-time employment.

The goals and key responsibilities of this position include the following:

o Coordinate and improve legal file management:
 Organizing, maintaining and managing both electronic and paper files for all legal cases and issues
 Developing and implementing a new electronic filing and retrieval system;
 Ensuring that case-related documents are properly maintained in both paper and electronic files, as appropriate;
 Coordinating with the attorneys to ensure effective document management across the three offices;
 Ensuring calendaring of any case-related deadlines.

o Assisting attorneys with timely submission of court filings and trial preparation:
 Scheduling court reporters for depositions, and coordinating with opposing counsel when requested;
 Preparing mailings to other attorneys and the court;
 Assisting with trial preparation, including preparing trial notebooks, compiling and organizing exhibits;
 Compiling and preparing records on appeal.

Qualifications & Experience
• Two or more years of legal experience.
• Interest in environmental protection and justice.
• Post-baccalaureate credentials or bachelor’s degree preferred.
• Strong organizational skills, with a high level of attention to detail.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, and WordPerfect a plus.
• Ability to work independently, while maintaining consistent and transparent communication with a team and leadership.
• Ability to manage multiple and competing priorities and meet deadlines in a dynamic environment.

To Apply

Please send your resume, cover letter and salary requirements to [email protected].

Other Opportunities
Internship opportunity posted on 05/03/2019

You may have noticed from all of the information on our website that SCELP does some pretty wonderful work. But, did you know that SCELP is also a wonderful place to work? Headquartered in the city of Georgetown, our dog-friendly office is a short walk to waterfront shops and restaurants, and a short drive to the beach. We offer law students and recent graduates the opportunity to gain meaningful experience in environmental litigation.

Legal Internships, Externships, and Fellowships

SCELP hires up to two unpaid law student summer interns each year, on a rolling basis. Usually application review begins after fall semester grades are in (January/February). We work with students to receive grant funding and/or class credit, when available. SCELP gives preference in the hiring process to 2Ls, but all applicants are considered.

To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and transcript here.

Now hiring interns for 2021!

SCELP also offers externships and fellowships for those law students and recent graduates who are able to secure class credit or funding. While SCELP has no formal deadlines for these opportunities, often funding from a law school, equal justice works, or other program is limited. Law students interested in applying for a fellowship or externship with SCELP should contact us as early as possible to coordinate efforts.