Civil Practice Paralegal Casehandler-Family/DV IOI
- Job posted by The Legal Aid Society - New York City
The Legal Aid Society's Civil Practice is seeking one Paralegal Casehandler to join the citywide Family/Domestic Violence Unit, specifically the Domestic Violence Immigration practice. The Paralegal Casehandler will assist the Supervising Attorney with data collection, data entry, and generating reports. They will also assist project attorneys with case management and litigation support in removal proceedings before the Immigration Court at 26 Federal Plaza and with affirmative applications before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), including the Asylum Office, and before Family Courts in New York City and surrounding counties for domestic violence and trafficking survivors. A minimum two-year commitment is required to enable a Paralegal Casehandler to become a Department of Justice Partially Accredited Representative with privileges to practice before the USCIS.
The Family/DV Unit provides comprehensive direct legal assistance to survivors of domestic violence and trafficking in a broad range of civil matters, including orders of protection, divorces, custody, visitation, child support, spousal support, property rights, consumer matters, and immigration. The DV/Immigration Paralegal Casehandler is expected to assist attorneys in the boroughs of Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx, and will travel to locations in all those boroughs. As part of the Family/DV Unit, the Paralegal Casehandler will also work in conjunction with several community based organizations that are our partners to provide reciprocal referrals, training, clinics, outreach, and joint community education on various issues affecting survivors. The Paralegal Casehandler may also be required to provide outreach to various off site locations.
* Maintain, organize, and update case files and case management database (Law Manager)
* Enter and search data on various databases
* Generate daily, weekly, and monthly reports from various databases as needed
* Provide direct assistance to clients
* Assist with litigation tasks
* Prepare appropriate relief applications and draft affidavits on behalf of immigrant clients
* Work with clients to gather information and documentation
* Provide client representation, as needed, before USCIS in immigration applications including but not limited to adjustment of status, DACA, U visas, removal of conditions on lawful permanent resident status, citizenship, and employment authorization documents
* This position may require off-site work and evening hours
* Other duties as assigned
Queens - Civil Practice Neighborhood 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 writing, verbal, and computer skills
* Excellent organizational skills
* Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a team
* Ability to work efficiently and under time constraints to meet deadlines
* Ability to manage a reasonable volume of work and solve problems creatively
* Ability to coordinate and collaborate successfully with other groups and organizations
* Commitment to protecting the rights of low-income clients
* Experience in and/or commitment to advocacy on behalf of low-income people and immigrants is strongly desired
* Knowledge of immigration law is strongly desired
* Experience assisting people in crisis is desirable
* Proficiency in languages other than English is desired
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.
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.
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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