April 5, 2022

California Paralegal Support Fellow


California Paralegal Support Fellow

Root & Rebound is excited to bring on our first cohort of systems-impacted individuals

to support the administration, operations and client support needs of our growing team

Who We Are

Root & Rebound (R&R) is a national 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, with offices in California and South Carolina. Our mission is to restore power and resources to the families and communities most harmed by mass incarceration through legal advocacy, public education, policy reform and litigation—a model rooted in the needs and expertise of people who are directly impacted. R&R has a holistic approach to dismantle the two-tiered system of injustice in this country, working in rural and urban communities, and across all areas of life, including housing, employment and occupational licensing, family reunification, parole and probation advocacy, court debt, record expungement, and more. Learn more at www.rootandrebound.org.


This is a short-term, non-exempt role that can span between 6-12 months, working 20-30 hours per week. The pay for this position is $20.00/hour and includes health benefits. Applications will be accepted until such time as the position is filled.


The selected individual must live within commuting distance of our office in Oakland California, but much of the work can be done remotely. 

About the Role

The California Paralegal Support Fellowship Program was conceived out of a need to support a growing number of Root & Rebound clients and our commitment to provide employment opportunities for systems-impacted individuals, which includes formerly incarcerated individuals and their family members. We believe that our work is upheld by our clients and individuals with lived experiences within the U.S. carceral system.  The California Paralegal Support Fellow is responsible for providing backbone support to our clients and legal team.  

Typical Tasks to be Performed

  • Check and respond to emails;
  • Maintain electronic files;
  • Assign tasks and manage task completion using Google Drive & Clio (client management system);
  • Support legal team with preparation and filing of simple legal forms;
  • Correspond with clients (provide information, case status updates, request information, etc.); and,
  • Call court clerks and/or review court websites for information on filing procedures, case status, etc.


  • It is a requirement of this position that you be “system-impacted”.  Our definition of “system-impacted” includes those who have been incarcerated, those with arrests/convictions but no incarceration and those who have been directly impacted by a loved one being incarcerated.
  • It is a requirement of this position that you be able to work within the hours of 9am-5pm PST.
  • Detail oriented;
  • Strong technology skills;
  • Able to manage multiple priorities;
  • Comfortable in an open office environment with many projects and activities;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Stable housing and internet access, plus willingness to come to the Oakland Office from time to time;
  • Not intimidated by learning and working independently in a remote environment;
  • Excited to contribute to and observe all aspects of an advocacy non-profit;
  • Desire to work directly with people in reentry and on criminal justice/reentry issues; and,
  • Eager to learn new skills in legal system, administrative, operational, and client-facing capacities.

How to Apply:

To apply for this position, please send a resume and cover letter in an email to Daniel Halpern, Senior Paralegal, at [email protected] with the subject line: 2022 California Paralegal Support Fellow. Please specify in your cover letter how you meet the definition of “system-impacted”, and, declare your ability to work between the hours of 9am-5pm PST. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. No phone calls, please. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

Root & Rebound is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from all qualified individuals including formerly incarcerated and/or system-involved individuals, people of color, persons with disabilities, ethnic and religious minorities, women, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and gender variant individuals. People with past involvement in the justice system are seen as an asset to our organization and are strongly encouraged to apply.