Headquarters: 199 Water Street
The Legal Aid Society's Civil Practice is seeking Paralegal Casehandlers for the Bronx and Brooklyn Housing Units. The Paralegal Casehandler works with the Housing Unit Staff Attorneys to resolve the government benefits issues involved with our Housing Unit, including obtaining rent arrears payments and ongoing rental assistance through FEPS relief, agency advocacy regarding government benefits, representation of clients at administrative hearings, and outreach and training for affected client communities and service providers. The Paralegal Casehandler is on the front lines of assisting individuals and families to avoid imminent eviction.
* Interview clients, provide advice and direct assistance, and assess requests for services
* Represent clients at administrative hearings
* Work with Staff Attorneys to resolve the government benefits issues involved with housing practice cases
* Draft affidavits on behalf of clients
* Obtain rent arrears payments and ongoing rental assistance through FEPS relief
* Handle a high volume of individual cases and respond to the needs of community-based organizations
* Prepare documents and conduct advocacy in eviction cases and termination hearings
* Advocate with various agencies regarding government benefits
* Develop community education materials and conduct trainings for clients and other advocates
* Maintain case management
* Conduct courthouse-based and off-site intake as needed, including during evening hours
* Conduct policy advocacy on behalf of clients
* Other duties as assigned
Bronx - Housing Court Office
* Paralegal certificate from an ABA-accredited paralegal program, Bachelor's degree in relevant field, or satisfactory completion of a comprehensive in-house training course appropriate to practice area
* Excellent written, oral advocacy, and computer skills
* Excellent organizational skills with ability to multi-task and manage a large workload
* Ability to work independently as well as in a team
* Ability to coordinate and collaborate successfully with other groups and organizations
* Experience in and/or commitment to advocacy on behalf of low-income people and immigrants is strongly desired
* Experience assisting people in crisis is desirable, but not required
* Proficiency in languages other than English, especially Spanish, is desirable, but not required
OUR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
The leadership of The Legal Aid Society is committed to a work culture of zealous advocacy, respect, diversity and inclusion, client-oriented defense, access to justice, and excellent representation. We are dedicated to building a strong professional relationship with each of our clients, to understanding their diverse circumstances, and to meeting their needs. Our ability to achieve these goals depends on the efforts of all of us.
HOW TO APPLY
You must apply online at the LAS Recruitment Portal. The Legal Aid Society is reducing its carbon footprint and therefore paper applications are not accepted. Only PDF documents will be accepted. If your document is not a PDF, your application will not be processed. Applications submitted without all the required materials will not be processed. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis so applicants are encouraged to apply early.
The Legal Aid Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer -- Women, People of Color, Members of the LGBTQ+ communities, Veterans, and People with Disabilities are encouraged to apply.
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