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Paralegal, Public Benefits Unit

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New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG)


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Published 7 days ago

$45,900 - $50,502

About NYLAG

Founded in 1990, NYLAG is a leading civil legal services organization combatting economic, racial, and social injustice by advocating for people experiencing poverty or in crisis. Our services include comprehensive, free civil legal services, financial empowerment, impact litigation, policy advocacy, and community partnerships. NYLAG exists because wealth should not determine who has access to justice. We aim to disrupt systemic racism by serving individuals and families whose legal and financial crises are often rooted in racial inequality. NYLAG goes to where the need is, providing services in more than 150 community sites (e.g. courts, hospitals, libraries) and on our Mobile Legal Help Center. During COVID-19, most of our services are virtual to keep our community safe. NYLAG’s staff of 300 impacted the lives of nearly 90,000 people last year.


Mission 

The New York Legal Assistance Group uses the power of the law to help New Yorkers in need combat social and economic injustice. We address emerging and urgent legal needs with comprehensive, free civil legal services, impact litigation, policy advocacy, and community education. 


Values that guide us

•    We reduce the effects of poverty by providing high quality, effective civil legal services. 

•    We partner with our clients to help them transform their lives and strengthen their communities.

•    We address our clients’ multiple legal needs by collaborating across our practice areas. 

•    We are at the forefront of identifying and understanding New Yorkers’ most pressing legal needs, rapidly adapting to meet these needs with innovative programs and partnerships. 

•    We assess need broadly, recognizing that need is not a function of income alone.

•    We collaborate with community organizations and engage pro bono attorneys and volunteers to serve a greater number of people with unmet civil legal needs. 

•    We achieve systemic change through class actions, impact litigation and by advocating for just laws and policies.

•    We work to create a welcoming and inclusive work environment that reflects the communities we serve.

•    We teach and train the next generation of legal service professionals.


Job Description:

This position is an ideal opportunity for individuals interested in a career in law, public policy, or social work. Applicants must be prepared to handle a high volume of cases and to interact with an under-represented client population in a sensitive and professional manner. Applicants must have excellent analytical skills so as to assess whether clients have a legal basis for appeal based on the evidence. Applicants should demonstrate a strong commitment to public service and have strong writing and oral advocacy skills. The successful candidate will work closely with NYLAG’s experienced attorneys and paralegal case handlers, and will receive both on-the-job and more formal training. 


Duties and Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will primarily handle cases that fall within the scope of NYLAG’s state-funded Disability Advocacy Project. These are cases in which New Yorkers who receive public benefits have inappropriately had Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits denied, terminated, or recouped. Specific responsibilities include: conducting intake interviews of individuals whose Social Security benefits are threatened with termination or recoupment; obtaining and reviewing financial and other records; researching federal regulations and procedures; and representing clients at local SSA field offices and administrative law hearings. The paralegal will carry his or her own case load. The position is in NYLAG’s Public Benefits Unit (PBU). 


Qualifications:

A 2 or 4 year college degree plus 1 year of relevant work experience or 3-5 years of relevant work experience required. Applicants with high Spanish proficiency (i.e. capable of conducting a client interview in the language) strongly preferred. 

To apply, please send both a resume and a cover letter, preferably in a single pdf. Incomplete applications will not be considered. We will ask for a writing sample and references prior to the interview. To start by February 15, 2021. 


NYLAG’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

NYLAG is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, people with disabilities, immigrants, veterans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people, and those with lived experiences in the communities we serve are strongly encouraged to apply.


Employment type:

☒ Full-time


Professional Level:

☒ Entry Level


Salary

Starting salary $45,900-$50,502, depending on experience.    

      

Benefits: Excellent benefits.


About NYLAG

Founded in 1990, NYLAG is a leading civil legal services organization combatting economic, racial, and social injustice by advocating for people experiencing poverty or in crisis. Our services include comprehensive, free…

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  • Full Time Schedule

Benefits

Excellent benefits

Excellent benefits

Location

New York, NY

How to Apply

Please submit application, resume, and cover letter at the above link.

Please submit application, resume, and cover letter at the above link.

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