Criminal Defense Practice Paralegal II - CAB (NOA)

Job Type

Full Time

Published

07/31/2018

Start Date

08/14/2018

Application Deadline

08/14/2018

Address

New York
New York
United States

Description

The Criminal Appeals Bureau (CAB) of The Legal Aid Society has two openings for Paralegal IIs. The position involves assisting clients and attorneys with identifying cases that are appropriate for appeal, preparing and filing notices of appeal, and assisting clients in completing applications for the assignment of appellate counsel. The position involves significant contact with clients, attorneys, and court personnel. Time is divided between Criminal Defense Practice trial offices in Manhattan and Brooklyn and the main CAB office in Manhattan.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES

* Assist clients in understanding and initiating the appellate process 

* Review files of recent dispositions and assist attorneys in identifying cases appropriate for filing notices of appeal

* File notices of appeal or complete referral forms for CAB Managing Attorney's Office

* Assist clients in applying for assignment of appellate counsel, including notarizing their applications

* Obtain and maintain current client contact information

* Correspond with clients needing further assistance with assignment-of-counsel process

* Help track notices of appeal and assignments of appellate counsel

* Utilize Law Manager computer system for all of the above


SECONDARY DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES

* Other duties as assigned



Location

Brooklyn - Criminal Defense Practice Office


Requirements

* Paralegal certificate from ABA-accredited paralegal program, Bachelor's degree in 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 computer and word processing skills

* Ability to work independently and in a team setting

* Ability to multi-task

* Ability to interact effectively and independently with courts and related criminal justice agencies, as well as work with CDP and CAB attorneys, paralegals and other support staff

* Some knowledge of New York criminal law and criminal procedures

* Notary Public or willing to become a notary

* Proficiency in languages other than English is desirable, but not required


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.


HOW TO APPLY

You must apply online at the LAS Recruitment Portal. 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.

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.


For technical difficulties or questions regarding this posting, please email jobpostquestions@legal-aid.org.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement


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