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Temporary Paralegal, Preserving Affordable Housing Program

Brooklyn A (Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A)


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Company Overview:

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

Temporary Paralegal, Preserving Affordable Housing Program

Brooklyn, NY: Full-time, Non-exempt, Through June 2021

Since 1968, Brooklyn A has provided free legal services for low-income residents of Brooklyn, pursuing neighborhood- based mission of justice, empowerment and community development. For over half a century, we have utilized an array of legal and advocacy strategies—community organizing, affirmative civil rights litigation, and eviction defense to defend the rights of individuals and families. Collaboration with the city, state, and federal officials to enforce housing laws and develop legislative solutions is also an integral part of our strategy.

The Preserving Affordable Housing program uses legal and advocacy strategies to preserve and protect affordable housing, prevent evictions, combat tenant harassment and discrimination, and ensure that tenants enjoy the right to safe and sanitary housing. We use strength in numbers to fight for tenants’ rights. Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A ("Brooklyn A") supports tenants and community organizers in forming and representing tenant associations and participates in community coalitions engaged with the struggle for fair and equitable housing and community development. We also preserve affordable housing for residents in public, subsidized and regulated housing, protects against illegal evictions, advocates for tenants with disabilities and survivors of domestic violence, and restores or obtains government benefits to ensure the ability of low-income community members to stay in their apartments.

What you will do?

Brooklyn A is seeking Paralegal to support the program attorneys by researching legal issues, preparing documentation in a precise manner and performing administrative and clerical duties under attorney supervision. This position is a full-time temporary position through June 30, 2021.

This will entail:

  • With the supervision of an attorney, research cases and legal issues to support client cases, and prepare the appropriate documentation according to established procedures;
  • Interview clients and enter cases into the case management system and prepare letters and request documents to prepare clients' cases;
  • Communicate legal details to clients in a clear and precise manner in attorney's absence without providing legal consultation or advice;
  • Transcribe notes from legal proceedings and meetings on computer from dictation and notation with precise terminology and speed;
  • Research, retrieve and update information in clients' case files in both hard files and case management system;
  • Coordinate and confirm deposition schedules with other law firms as well as field incoming inquiries regarding court related details;
  • Facilitate the timely delivery of legal documents and attend court and administrative hearings as required;
  • Respond to clients in a professional manner at all times to best represent the firm and respect the client;
  • Maintain an updated and accurate master calendar for the team;
  • Attend community group meetings and outreach programs and client meetings as necessary. May involve evenings and weekends;
  • General administrative duties for the team and other duties as assigned.

If you have:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree and a min. of one-year legal assistant/paralegal experience; Paralegal certificate, a plus;
  • Experience with following court rules, filing court documents and maintaining litigation files;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with individuals from diverse backgrounds, local organizations and people in desperate crisis;
  • Demonstrated ability to interact with client/tenants of different races, ethnicities, ages, and sexual orientations in a multicultural environment and a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion;
  • Excellent writing in English, bi-lingual Spanish preferred;
  • Proficiency with MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint and other standard data management systems required, related certifications a plus;
  • Strong reporting and record keeping skills, including the ability to synthesize lots of quantifiable and qualitative data into clear, plain language and readable charts and checklists;
  • Must be able to work strategically within a team structure as well as independently, multi-task and work under tight deadlines;
  • Dependability, good time management and organizational skills and be attentive to detail;
  • Thorough commitment to Brooklyn A’s mission.

Company Overview:

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

Temporary Paralegal, Preserving Affordable Housing Program

Brooklyn, NY: Full-time, Non-exempt, Through June 2021

Since 1968, Brooklyn A has provided free legal services for low-income residents…

Details at a glance

  • Full Time Schedule
  • Temporary
  • 4-Year Degree Required
  • Entry level

Level of Language Proficiency

Bi-lingual Spanish preferred

Bi-lingual Spanish preferred

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near New York, NY

How to Apply

We want to hear from you!

If you are interested in this position, you must submit your resume and a cover letter telling us why your experiences would make you a good fit for this role. To apply, click here. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

NOTE: This position is currently remote. However, the position will be located in Brooklyn, NY upon return to office.

Note: Unfortunately, because of the volume of applications we receive, we aren’t able to give status updates, but if you are invited for an interview, you will be contacted directly.

People with disabilities, people of color, and formerly homeless individuals are strongly encouraged to apply. Equal Opportunity Employer.

We want to hear from you!

If you are interested in this position, you must submit your resume and a cover letter telling us why your experiences would make you a good fit for this role. To…

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