Relman Colfax PLLC is seeking candidates to begin a two-year civil rights paralegal position in early summer 2020 in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office.

We are a national civil rights law firm, with a litigation practice focused on combating discrimination and obtaining equity, including in the areas of housing, lending, employment, public accommodations, education, and police accountability. Our practice includes individual and class action lawsuits on behalf of plaintiffs who have experienced discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, national origin, color, religion, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity), disability, age, familial status, and source of income. The firm also provides legal counsel to progressive financial institutions, Internet-based companies, housing providers, local governments, and nonprofits wishing to be industry leaders on civil rights compliance. We conduct internal investigations and provide counseling regarding consumer protection, privacy, lending, employment, whistleblower, and federal regulatory matters. Our practice also includes analysis and strategy regarding public policy issues and proposed legislation affecting civil rights.

Paralegals are an integral part of both the civil rights litigation and counseling practice groups at the firm. They interview individuals seeking legal representation; conduct factual investigations; review client and discovery documents; assist in preparation of legal briefs, client presentations, and preparation for trials; analyze statistical data to assess disparate racial impact; communicate with clients and witnesses; and conduct various administrative tasks. Paralegals have opportunities to attend strategy sessions, client meetings, depositions, hearings, and trials.

Relman Colfax will be accepting and reviewing applications on a rolling basis beginning December 1, 2019 through March 15, 2020. We seek applicants with strong writing ability; analytical, organizational, and interpersonal skills; flexibility; a willingness to work in a team environment; and a dedication to civil rights and learning more about the litigation process. The ability to communicate with Spanish-speaking clients is a priority for the firm, and so we value Spanish-language skills as well, but they are not required.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, list of three references, writing sample, and a personal statement of no more than 500 words. Diverse perspectives and backgrounds are integral to the firm’s mission and operations; please use the personal statement to tell us how your personal experiences and background have shaped your interest in civil rights. In your cover letter, please tell us how you learned about the position.

Please submit these materials via email with the subject line “Paralegal 2020 Application” to

Relman Colfax is an equal opportunity employer that maintains a supportive, equitable environment. We encourage applications from all individuals without regard to actual or perceived race, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, familial status, family responsibilities, age, personal appearance, matriculation, disability, medical condition, genetic information, political affiliation, military or veteran status, or record of arrest or conviction. We encourage applications from people who identify with historically underserved or underrepresented communities.

Relman Colfax also provides reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities. Any applicant who needs an accommodation in the application process should email or call Dana Melnik at (202) 728-1888. 

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