105 Court Street
*This position is located in Brooklyn*
BROOKYLN LEGAL SERVICES SEEKS TEMPORARY PARALEGAL ADVOCACY FOR
DISABILITY ADVOCACY PROJECT
Brooklyn Legal Services seeks a Temporary Paralegal Advocate for its Disability Advocacy Project. It is anticipated that this position will be for a period of six months. The DAP Project assists low-income residents of Brooklyn who seek federal Social Security benefits based on mental and/or physical disabilities. The Project assists clients with case development, representation at administrative hearings, appeals and issues that arise after an award of benefits. We also collaborate with other providers and community partners to develop and implement strategies to remove systemic barriers to disability benefits.
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.
Roles and Responsibilities
The paralegal advocate will be responsible for case assessment, advocacy, and community outreach in Brooklyn. The paralegal advocate will appear in administrative proceedings before the Social Security Administration. The paralegal advocate will also investigate and develop disability claims, evaluate the merits of claims, prepare clients to testify at hearings, advocate at hearings including direct examination of clients and cross examination of experts, and prepare written arguments.
Experience and Qualifications
Applicants must have a commitment to social justice and working with low-income communities; excellent research and writing skills, and strong verbal communications skills. Applicants should be able to communicate effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and be able to conduct outreach events in low-income neighborhoods. A successful candidate for this position will be able to quickly get up to speed on the practice area and start to do hearings. Therefore, prior experience working with people with disabilities and with advocacy hearings is strongly preferred. Proficiency in Spanish is highly preferred.
How to Apply
Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples to email@example.com. Please write “Temp DAP Paralegal Advocate ” in the subject line of the email.
Please, no telephone calls.
Salary and benefits are determined by the LS-NYC Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Legal Services NYC is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, people with disabilities, people over 40, and gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people are strongly encouraged to apply.
Excellent medical, pre-tax flexible benefits for medical, vision, dental and eligible child care reimbursement; and retirement plans and generous paid annual and sick leave days.
Level of Language Proficiency
Proficiency in Spanish is highly preferred.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please write “Temp DAP Paralegal Advocate ” in the subject line of the email. Please, no telephone calls.
Position: Temporary full-time. Please review description for position responsibilities, experience and qualifications.