Details: Salary in determined by Legal Services NYC Collective Bargaining Agreement
105 Court Street
40 Worth Street, Suite 606
*This position is at Brooklyn Legal Services*
Brooklyn Legal Services seek a reader/intake paralegal to support the delivery of interpretive services for a staff attorney in the Housing Unit who is blind. When not providing support to the staff attorney, the reader/intake paralegal will perform intake-related duties for other practice areas in the office.
Brooklyn Legal Services, part of Legal Services NYC, provides high-quality, innovative representation to address the pressing legal needs of Brooklyn’s diverse low-income population. BLS focuses on the problems that have the greatest impact on our clients — preserving affordable and decent housing, maintaining income support, redressing abusive lending and consumer practices, promoting family stability and mitigating the effects of domestic violence, and advocating for the disabled.
Our housing practice focuses on preserving affordable housing in Brooklyn for low- to moderate-income tenants, with the goal of staving off gentrification and preventing the displacement of communities—particularly communities of color—that have anchored Brooklyn neighborhoods for generations. We achieve this goal through a blend of individual defense work and systemic affirmative litigation. In addition to the thousands of Housing Court proceedings we defend individual tenants against every year, we also actively seek out opportunities to protect buildings from deregulation by combating fraudulent MCI and IAI applications at DHCR, challenging rent overcharges in Supreme Court, bringing group HPs against landlords to obtain repairs for tenants, and filing affirmative litigation based on the FHA, ADA, and State and City Human Rights Law to stop racist and other discriminatory practices by landlords. We have deep ties to tenant organizing groups in the communities we serve and work hand-in-hand with them to ensure that our practice reflects the needs and desires of these communities.
Experience and Qualifications
The Reader would be responsible for reading court documents and other papers to the staff attorney, assisting the attorney in court or at administrative hearing offices and in client meetings, helping with other administrative tasks as needed to support the staff attorney including but not limited to maintaining paper files and preparing documents for depositions or trial. Intake Paralegal duties will include conducting intake, gathering client information, and maintaining information in BLS’ case management system.
The Reader must have:
· Ability to read both typed and handwritten documents aloud clearly and softly, at a normal pace and also a fast pace as needed, with good pronunciation; Must be able to read accurately and ask questions with ease when needed to read the text.
· Ability to describe pictures in words, read charts and spreadsheets with numbers;
· Excellent attention to detail;
· Excellent written and oral communication skills; and
· Excellent organizational skills;
· Able to thrive and work flexibly in a team environment
· Able to support staff attorney in chaotic and unpredictable environments such as housing court;
· Must be proficient with mobile and computer technology and able to learn new web-based programs as needed.
Prior experience reading complex documents preferred, as well as experience working in a law firm or other office setting, and experience working with colleagues across abilities.
Legal Services NYC is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, people with disabilities, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people, and people over the age of 40 are strongly encouraged to apply.
Benefits include excellent health and dental insurance, an employer contribution to a pre-tax 403(b) pension plan, and generous leave time.
Level of Language Proficiency
Please refer to experience and qualifications, and job functions listed in the Project Description.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please write “Reader” in the subject line of the email.
Position available: immediate