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Paralegal, LGBTQ Law Project

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About NYLAG

Founded in 1990, NYLAG is a leading civil legal services organization combatting economic, racial, and social injustice by advocating for people experiencing poverty or in crisis. Our services include comprehensive, free civil legal services, financial empowerment, impact litigation, policy advocacy, and community partnerships. NYLAG exists because wealth should not determine who has access to justice. We aim to disrupt systemic racism by serving individuals and families whose legal and financial crises are often rooted in racial inequality. NYLAG goes to where the need is, providing services in more than 150 community sites (e.g. courts, hospitals, libraries) and on our Mobile Legal Help Center. During COVID-19, most of our services are virtual to keep our community safe. NYLAG’s staff of 300 impacted the lives of nearly 90,000 people last year.


Mission

The New York Legal Assistance Group uses the power of the law to help New Yorkers in need combat social and economic injustice. We address emerging and urgent legal needs with comprehensive, free civil legal services, impact litigation, policy advocacy, and community education.

 

Values that guide us

  • We reduce the effects of poverty by providing high quality, effective civil legal services. 
  • We partner with our clients to help them transform their lives and strengthen their communities.
  • We address our clients’ multiple legal needs by collaborating across our practice areas.
  • We are at the forefront of identifying and understanding New Yorkers’ most pressing legal needs, rapidly adapting to meet these needs with innovative programs and partnerships.
  • We assess need broadly, recognizing that need is not a function of income alone.
  • We collaborate with community organizations and engage pro bono attorneys and volunteers to serve a greater number of people with unmet civil legal needs.
  • We achieve systemic change through class actions, impact litigation and by advocating for just laws and policies.
  • We work to create a welcoming and inclusive work environment that reflects the communities we serve.
  • We teach and train the next generation of legal service professionals.


Job Description:

The New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) has an immediate opening for a paralegal in the LGBTQ Law Project to support attorneys providing consultation, advocacy and representation on a wide array of civil legal matters, including family law matters, legal name and gender marker changes, housing and employment discrimination, immigration, wills and advance directives, and public benefits.

Duties and Responsibilities:

NYLAG seeks a motivated individual with a demonstrated commitment to serving the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities and an interest in public interest law. Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Manage and conduct comprehensive client intakes to identify possible eligibility for relief and assist in assessing for representation
  • Perform basic legal research and provide general litigation support, including formatting and preparing legal documents for filing
  • Conduct public education training on legal issues for the LGBTQ community
  • Interface with community-based partner organizations to best serve our clients
  • Assist in administration of program, including data entry, preparation of grant reports, and completing other administrative tasks as assigned by Project Director
  • Meet with clients and prepare cases under the supervision of an attorney 

Qualifications:

  • Strong organizational and administrative skills are required
  • Paralegal or administrative experience preferred
  •  Demonstrated commitment to the LGBTQ+ community and knowledge of the complex and systemic issues faced by our clients
  • Ability to work in and value a collaborative team model
  • Ability to juggle a variety of tasks and roles often under time pressure
  • Ability to collaborate successfully with other groups and organizations
  • Excellent written, oral and analytical skills
  • Experience working directly with clients preferred
  • Experience working with diverse communities and clients who are survivors of trauma
  • Ability to speak Spanish is required

 

NYLAG’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

NYLAG is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, people with disabilities, immigrants, veterans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people, and those with lived experiences in the communities we serve are strongly encouraged to apply.


Employment type:

Full-time

Part-time

Temporary

 

Professional Level:

Entry Level

Professional

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Salary:

Select one of three options.

1.     Salary is commensurate with experience.


Benefits: Excellent benefits.

About NYLAG

Founded in 1990, NYLAG is a leading civil legal services organization combatting economic, racial, and social injustice by advocating for people experiencing poverty or in crisis. Our services include comprehensive, free…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Professional Level
    Entry level

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near New York, NY
Associated Location
New York, NY, USA

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