Paralegal

Job Type

Full Time

Salary

Details: Competitive Salary

Published

11/10/2018

Address

44 Court Street
11th Floor
Brooklyn
NY
11201
United States

Description

Major Purpose of Position

Under the direction of the Director of Paralegal and Volunteer Services, the Paralegal will work in a team environment to assist with case preparation. This can include: interviewing clients, preparing and filing court documents, assisting with writing assignments and performing legal research on law-related matters. The Paralegal will also perform other legal administrative tasks such as scheduling meetings and conferences, filing, copying, answering phones and other duties as assigned.


Essential Duties/Responsibilities 

Accurately following CLC practices and procedures, the Paralegal will:

  • Use a referral process to assist with case and trial preparation;
  • Research, obtain, digest/outline case records (e.g. medical, criminal history, school, etc.);
  • Prepare legal documents including subpoenas, stipulation agreements and correspondence;
  • Proofread legal documents;
  • Conduct follow up interviews and information gathering under the direction of the attorney and/or his/her supervisor;
  • If necessary and in collaboration with other CLC team members locate and refer clients for identified or requested services;
  • Prepare written reports summarizing information compiled for a CLC team member;
  • Obtain and copy court files;
  • When necessary serve subpoenas and other legal documents;
  • In conjunction with the Administrative Assistant, assemble court files and materials for trial/appeal/stays/writs;
  • Assist litigants with completing forms and releases;
  • Participate on team projects; and
  • Perform other duties as requested and assigned.

 

Secondary Duties/Responsibilities

  •  Provide backup reception relief as needed. 

Key Competencies and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field; Paralegal certificate from ABA accredited school; or a minimum of two years of related professional experience. 
  • Demonstrated proficiency in research (law or related topics).
  • Outstanding analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Curiosity and eagerness to learn new skills continuously grow professionally and take an optimistic approach to new challenges.
  • Efficient, persistent; and meticulous attention to detail.
  • Superb people and effective communication skills.
  • Strong ability to work collaboratively with other employees with a wide range of abilities and styles in a diverse community.
  • Ability to foster and maintain a spirit of unity, teamwork and cooperation.
  • Ability to work independently, to track and manage multiple assignments simultaneously, to meet deadlines and to work with diplomacy and professionalism.
  • Sophisticated user of software, technology, and online resources including knowledge of Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, social networking sites, and databases.
  • Excellent judgment, diplomacy, and a strategic thinker.
  • Ability to exercise complete discretion when working with confidential and sensitive information.
  • Desire to work in a busy organization that represents children.
  • Interest in working with and coaching interns, students, or volunteers.
  • Knowledge of Family and Supreme Court custody, visitation domestic violence, child protective, civil or criminal procedure law preferred but not required.
  • Proficiency in languages other than English desired, but not required.


The Children’s Law Center affords equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without discrimination on the basis of the individual’s actual or perceived age, color, creed, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, genetic predisposition or carrier status, marital status, national origin or citizenship status, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other characteristic or status protected by federal, state or local law, ordinance, or regulation.

Benefits

We offer an excellent benefits package including, four weeks vacation,medical, dental, vision, and 401k.

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree


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