Civil Practice Paralegal Casehandler Foreclosure

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Full Time



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New York
New York
United States


The Legal Aid Society's Civil Practice is seeking a Paralegal Casehandler to join the Queens Foreclosure Prevention Unit. The Unit provides legal services to eligible homeowners at risk of foreclosure and homelessness. Services include initiating affirmative litigation to combat abusive lending and real estate practices, representing homeowners in foreclosure actions, assisting with loss mitigation, and staffing our weekly court-based clinics. The Foreclosure Prevention Unit works within the city and the state on policy advocacy and law reform issues, as well as with community based organizations.


* Develop and conduct an intensive outreach and community education program with the aim of reaching the most vulnerable homeowners, including the elderly, with information on mortgages, the foreclosure process, tax and water liens, and how to avoid scams and prevent fraud

* Identify and work with local community leaders and organizations such as block associations, religious leaders, libraries, PTAs, and local media on public information efforts 

* Develop community education materials and conduct trainings for clients and other advocates

* Create "Know Your Rights" materials

* Conduct workshops for residents in the targeted communities on foreclosure prevention and related issues 

* Provide advice and assistance to homeowners and provide advocacy and representation before governmental agencies such as the Department of Finance

* Conduct factual and legal research

* Work with other advocates and coalitions on policy reforms

* Respond to client and community concerns and make appropriate referrals

* Provide client services through community outreach, including during evening hours as needed


* Other duties as assigned


Queens - Civil Practice Neighborhood Office


* Paralegal certificate from an ABA-accredited paralegal school, Bachelor's degree in relevant field, or satisfactory completion of a comprehensive in-house training course appropriate to practice area

* Excellent written, oral advocacy, and computer skills

* Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a team and manage a high volume of cases and community matters

* Demonstrated commitment, experience, or interest in community organizing, foreclosure prevention, and related issues

* Excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills, and ability to foster constructive, collegial, working relationships with colleagues

* Ability to coordinate and collaborate successfully with other groups and organizations

* Experience in and/or commitment to advocacy on behalf of low-income people, seniors, immigrants, and other vulnerable clients is strongly desired

* Experience assisting people in crisis is desirable

* Proficiency in languages other than English is desirable


The Legal Aid Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer -- Women, People of Color, Gays and Lesbians, Transgender People, Veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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The Legal Aid Society is reducing its carbon footprint and therefore paper applications are not accepted. 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. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis so applicants are encouraged to apply early.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

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