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The MacArthur Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, disability, age, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, race or ethnicity.

The Roderick & Solange MacArthur Justice Center in New Orleans is seeking an Investigator/Paralegal (IP) for its New Orleans office.

Our Investigator/Paralegals (IP) perform litigation support, as well as outreach and meetings with current and prospective clients and witnesses. The IP assists with field investigations, discovery, and evidence preparation.  They also assist the Center’s attorneys with case management and support, conduct research, and organize information.

The primary responsibility for this Investigator/Paralegal position is to interview clients and witnesses, and assist in document review and management, in the class action against Orleans Parish Prison, Jones v. Gusman.  The IP will be required to travel for work in other parts of Louisiana.   In addition to the Jones litigation the IP will be asked to assist in support of the MacArthur Justice Center’s other litigation against various governmental agencies.

Responsibilities include but not limited to:

  • Monitoring conditions inside Orleans Parish Prison, interviewing imprisoned clients and documenting their experiences
  • Building high-quality, trusting relationships with clients, many of whom have experienced severe trauma or suffer from mental illness
  • Drafting detailed memoranda reflecting fact-finding and reviewing it with litigation team members
  • Note and document signs and symptoms of mental illness and intellectual disability for evaluation by mental health experts.
  • Review and management of documents in complex litigation, using case management software tools and written memoranda
  • Conducting litigation fact-finding, including creative problem solving, gathering documents, and conducting detailed witness interviews
  • Willingness to travel and work long hours, including nights and weekends, as needed

 Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but MacArthur seeks to fill this position as soon as possible.

The salary is competitive and includes an excellent benefits package.  To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume by e-mail to with “Investigator/Paralegal Application” in the subject line.

Updated 9/28/2017

The Roderick & Solange MacArthur Justice Center in New Orleans is seeking summer law clerks for 2018.

The MacArthur Justice Center is a not-for-profit law office advocating for civil rights and social justice. Our work is focused on reforming the criminal justice system through litigation in Louisiana and Mississippi.  

Some of our current campaigns for criminal justice reform include:

  • Jones v. Gusman, a federal lawsuit challenging pervasive violations of prisoners’ constitutional rights in the Orleans Parish Prison;
  • Federal and state litigation in Mississippi, including Jordan and Chase v. Hall et al, challenging the constitutionality of the state’s lethal injection procedure;
  • Tennart v. City of Baton Rouge and related cases: four civil rights actions against multiple law enforcement agencies and officers seeking damages for the use of excessive force, illegal arrests, invasion of property, and mistreatment in jail of Baton Rouge residents who protested the killing of Alton Sterling by officers of the Baton Rouge Police Department in July 2016;
  •  Pipkins v. Stewart, a federal lawsuit challenging the discriminatory practice of the Caddo Parish District Attorney’s Office to use peremptory challenges to limit the number of African-American citizens selected to serve on criminal trial juries;
  • Challenges to bail practices in Louisiana that result in the unconstitutional pre-trial detention of impoverished citizens based merely on their inability to pay; and
  • Chase v. Hall and Conner v. Mississippi, two post-conviction/habeas corpus cases seeking to prevent the execution of two Mississippi prisoners who are intellectually disabled.

Each law clerk will be supervised directly by the office’s attorneys and will have the opportunity to assist with cases those attorneys are working on. Specific tasks that summer law clerks may be responsible for include, but are not limited to, (a) legal research and writing, (b) gathering, processing, and summarizing records, (c) gathering statistical data, and (d) preparing for and attending court proceedings. The MacArthur Justice Center will offer a stipend to cover basic living expenses for the duration of the clerkship.

Law students who will have completed their 1L or 2L year by summer 2018 may apply. Interested applicants should send the following materials to the MacArthur Justice Center at with “Summer Law Clerk Application” in the subject line: 

  • a resume
  • a cover letter detailing their interest in the work of the MacArthur Justice Center
  • a writing sample (a non-legal writing sample is acceptable)
  • two references

Application deadline is March 30, 2018.

Updated 9/25/2017