Headquarters: 199 Water Street
The Criminal Defense Practice has an opening for a full time Paralegal II to provide client services in the DNA Unit.
* Research, digest, and outline case records (e.g. medical, criminal history, schools, etc.)
* Draft legal memoranda, pre-trial motions, subpoenas, and orders to produce
* Research and draft DNA Unit newsletter
* Interview and assess client requests for services
* Second seat trials
* Assist with case preparation for trial and disposition
* Prepare written reports summarizing information compiled
* Obtain and copy court files
* Serve subpoenas and other legal documents
* Assemble court files and materials for trials/appeals/stays/writs
* Obtain and review client records and determine course of action
* Handle client and agency correspondence in connection with cases
* Assist clients in preparing legal documents
* Serve as a liaison between attorneys and their clients
* Interact with clients and assist clients in completing forms and releases; refer clients to outside agencies; and handle basic correspondence with clients
* Perform functions of Paralegal I title unrelated to the Paralegal II title, as necessary and on a temporary basis
* Other duties as assigned
Manhattan - Legal Aid Society Headquarters
* Paralegal certificate from an ABA accredited paralegal program, Bachelor's degree in a relevant field, or satisfactory completion of a comprehensive in-house training course appropriate to practice area
* Experience in and/or commitment to advocacy on behalf of low-income people is strongly desired
* Excellent writing, verbal, and organizational skills
* Proficiency in legal research
* Proficiency in computer and word processing skills
* Ability to work independently and in a team setting
* Ability to multi-task
* Some knowledge of New York criminal law and criminal procedures
* Proficiency in languages other than English is desirable, but not required
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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