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ProBAR- Paralegal Adult

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American Bar Association
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Harlingen, TX
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Published 25 days ago

Paralegals for ProBAR’s Legal Orientation Program (LOP) serve adults in ICE custody who face significant obstacles to gaining access to counsel and representation for their removal proceedings. Paralegals work alongside attorneys to provide immigrants in detention with access to high-quality legal education, individualized orientations to address their needs, and assistance with cases for pro se respondents and direct representation clients. Paralegals are an integral part of a legal team that ensures immigrants receive the high-quality, compassionate, people-centered legal services and representation they deserve. 

 The Organization: 

ProBAR empowers immigrants through high-quality legal education, representation, and connections to services. ProBAR serves immigrants in the Rio Grande Valley border region with a particular focus on the legal needs of adults and unaccompanied children in federal custody. Founded in 1989 as a project of the American Bar Association, ProBAR’s office is located in Harlingen, TX. For more information about ProBAR, please visit our website: https://ambar.org/probar 

 

Job Summary/ General Purpose of Job 

Accountable for providing group orientations, individual orientations and workshops to detained immigrants through the Legal Orientation Program (LOP) under the supervision of an attorney or accredited representative. Paralegal will also oversee their own caseload of pro se detainees that need assistance. This position will require regular involvement with individuals' living in difficult circumstances and who may have experienced trauma. 

 

Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities (listed in order of importance and/or time spent) 

  • Provides group orientations, individual orientations, and workshops to detainees at detention centers, under the supervision/clearance of an attorney, and as coordinated with Senior Paralegal. 
  • Provides pro se assistance to detainees including preparing applications for relief in immigration court, translation of documents and country conditions research. 
  • Assists with referral of clients to pro bono counsel as directed. Conducts and assists with coordination and tracking of other legal services as necessary. 
  • Oversees client case files and monitors case activities and maintains the data integrity of case management systems. 
  • Accesses, processes, and ensures the confidentiality and control of client information. 
  • Assists with referral of clients to pro bono counsel as directed. Conducts and assists with coordination and tracking of other legal services as necessary. 
  • Answer phone calls and provide information regarding the caller’s needs. 
  • Performs other related duties as required. 

 

Required Education, Qualifications, Experience 

  • Possession of an associate degree or higher education from an accredited U.S. institution in paralegal studies, criminal justice, political science or related field, or two years’ experience as a paralegal. 
  • Fluent in English and Spanish in written and spoken forms. 
  • Intermediate proficiency with online research and Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, OneDrive, teams) 
  • Must be familiar with conducting virtual meetings, training, and observations on software such as Zoom, Teams, etc. 
  • Must be able to pick up on client verbal and non-verbal cues. 
  • Must have reliable transportation to travel between office and off-site work locations. 
  • This position will require the ability to enter detention facilities. 

 

Preferred Education, Qualifications, Experience 

  • Possession of a bachelor’s or higher degree from an accredited U.S. institution in paralegal studies, criminal justice, political science, or related field and 1 year work experience as a paralegal. 
  • Possession of a current certificate of completion of an ABA-approved paralegal program. 
  • Prior work experience with children, particularly from Central America and including indigenous language- speaking populations. 
  • Prior volunteer, community, or work experience regarding immigration or detention. 
  • Prior non-profit experience, particularly involving immigration detention. 

 

Physical Requirements 

Typical office setting with frequent visits at immigration detention facilities and immigration court. Continuously operates a computer and other office machinery, such as telephone, copy machine, and computer printer. 

 

Travel 

As a normal course of business, this job will typically require travel of less than 15% of the time. 

Paralegals for ProBAR’s Legal Orientation Program (LOP) serve adults in ICE custody who face significant obstacles to gaining access to counsel and representation for their removal proceedings. Paralegals work alongside attorneys to…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
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    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
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    2-Year Degree Required
Salary
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At least USD $45,455
/ year
The starting hiring salary for this position is $45,455.00 based on experience.

Benefits

· Sign on bonus offered* 

·Relocation Stipend offered for in-state and out-of-state relocation* 

· Medical and prescription insurance 

· Dental insurance 

· Vision insurance 

· Flexible Spending Account (FSA) 

· Voluntary life insurance 

· Short and long term disability insurance 

· Employee Assistance Program (EAP) 

· Prepaid Legal Plan 

· 401(k) 

· Paid company holidays 

· Personal time off 

· Vacation time off 

· PSLF Participant 

· Restrictions Apply*

· Sign on bonus offered* 

·Relocation Stipend offered for in-state and out-of-state relocation* 

· Medical and prescription insurance 

· Dental insurance 

· Vision insurance 

· Flexible…

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluent in English and Spanish in written and spoken forms. 

Fluent in English and Spanish in written and spoken forms. 

Location

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Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Harlingen, TX
Associated Location
202 S 1st St, Harlingen, TX 78550, USA

How to Apply

Submit an online application including your cover letter and resume. 

Submit an online application including your cover letter and resume. 

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