Nonprofit

Paralegal, Family Defense Practice

Hybrid
Work must be performed in or near Brooklyn, NY
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Published 28 days ago

Details at a Glance

Job Type
Full Time
Salary
USD $51,880 - $77,880 / year

Description

Brooklyn Defender Services (BDS) seeks Paralegals to join the Family Defense Practice (FDP).

BDS is a public defense office representing low-income New Yorkers in criminal, family, immigration, and civil legal matters. Our work with clients is focused on the intersection of the legal systems that disproportionately impact Black and Brown people living below the poverty level in Brooklyn.

BDS represents thousands of people each year who have diverse, complex, and multi-faceted legal needs. In addition to a zealous legal defense, our interdisciplinary teams of attorneys, social workers and advocates provide a wide range of legal and advocacy services, including housing, public benefits, education, and employment issues. 

BDS’ Family Defense Practice (FDP) is the primary provider of legal representation for parents and caretakers who are facing an ACS investigation or prosecution in Brooklyn Family Court. 

The Paralegal will join a team of FDP paralegals and work under the supervision of the Manager of Paralegal and Administrative Support. Paralegals will also work under the supervision of attorneys for specific assignments.


Responsibilities

• Draft written motions and petitions as well as other legal documents.

• Interview clients and prepare client affidavits and have them review and sign.

• Summarize transcripts, case records, and medical and mental health records.

• Staff Family Court intake shifts, which involves conducting interviews of clients during the intake process.

• Conduct legal research for attorneys.

• Other duties as assigned.


Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree or 3+ years’ work experience as a paralegal or legal assistant.

• Ability to take responsibility for multiple assignments at the same time, ensuring that all tasks are completed fully and timely including emergency requests.

• Excellent interpersonal skills, including an ability to work independently and in a team setting

• Good written and oral communication skills.

• Strong organizational skills, attention to detail and an efficient, organized work style.

• Passion for Brooklyn Defender Services’ mission.


Position Information

This is a full-time, non-exempt, salaried position. The normal schedule is Monday to Friday 9am-5pm. The position is based at BDS’s offices, located in Downtown Brooklyn. There is a three-day per week in-person requirement for this position.

 

BDS determines salary based on education and experience. For this position there is a salary range from $51,880 - $77,880 based on the applicants experience and education. BDS also offers comprehensive benefits including health and dental insurance, short-term disability and life insurance, a 403(b)-retirement plan with employer contribution, pre-tax commuter benefit, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, and above-average vacation, sick, holiday, family, and medical leave policies.  

 

Application Instructions   

Click HERE to apply by submitting a cover letter and resume on our online application portal. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.   We recommend you submit your application by 6/19/24.


Brooklyn Defender Services is a proud equal opportunity employer committed to celebrating diversity and maintaining an equitable and inclusive work environment. We strongly encourage candidates of all identities, expressions, orientations, disabilities, and experiences to apply. If you require an accommodation due to a disability or another reason, please contact the Managing Director of Human Resources, Christina Wallace, at Cwallace@bds.org.



 



 

Brooklyn Defender Services (BDS) seeks Paralegals to join the Family Defense Practice (FDP).

BDS is a public defense office representing low-income New Yorkers in criminal, family, immigration, and civil legal matters. Our work with clients is…

Benefits

BDS also offers comprehensive benefits including health and dental insurance, short-term disability and life insurance, a 403(b)-retirement plan with employer contribution, pre-tax commuter benefit, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, and above-average vacation, sick, holiday, family, and medical leave policies.  

BDS also offers comprehensive benefits including health and dental insurance, short-term disability and life insurance, a 403(b)-retirement plan with employer contribution…

Location

Hybrid
Work must be performed in or near Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn, NY, USA

How to Apply

Click HERE to apply by submitting a cover letter and resume on our online application portal. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.   We recommend you submit your application by 6/19/24.

Click HERE to apply by submitting a cover letter and resume on our online application portal. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.   We recommend you submit…

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