Paralegal I

Qualifications

BA or BS with legal Coursework OR completion of a paralegal program of paralegal program

Legal support, paralegal or social services experience

Responsibilities

In addition to paralegal support this position will also be responsible for administrative tasks and data entry that is required by our grant funders

Handling intake sessions for new clients

Employee accomplishes this responsibility by completing the following tasks

Interview clients in person at TLC office and on the phone

Gather relevant legal, income and demographic information

Complete intake forms, statistics cards, case opening memos, client retainer agreements and releases, conduct conflicts checks

Enter information into database

Review cases with supervising attorney to develop action plan

Providing negotiation, legal information, referrals and self-help support to individuals under direction of supervising attorney and in compliance with Rules of Professional Conduct

Develop and maintain knowledge of landlord-tenant, and debtor-creditor law

Inform clients of eviction procedures and timelines before an actual eviction might happen

Provide relevant written materials, pro se forms, follow-up legal information and basic advice as requested by supervising attorney

Consider how much the client is able to do for themselves

Consult with supervising attorney whether law is violated by landlord and what governmental agencies should become involved

Call/write to opposing parties who are not following proper procedures or with whom TLC wants to negotiate to resolve clients' legal problems and prevent litigation

Call government agencies to report problems, get advice, make suggestions or gather additional information at clients' request

Provide other relevant social & legal service referrals

Assisting supervising attorney with litigation

Draft legal papers (answers, motions, affidavits, settlements) for review by attorney

Interview witnesses and draft declarations, gather and subpoena witnesses and evidence under supervision of staff attorney

Attend trials and hearings as a runner for information gathering or communication with LAC office

Organize client files, file documents, write closing letters and memos

Benefits

Full-time position starting at $23 - $25.57/hr (D.O.E) with COMPETITIVE BENEFITS INCLUDE

Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance and Long-Term Disability

Health Savings Account and Flexible Spending Account

Generous PTO, paid sick time, 15 days of paid vacations, 13 days of paid holidays, plus a personal holiday

CCS/CHS 403(b) Employee Saving Plan

Employee assistance program

Lots of room for advancement