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Paralegal, Family Defense Practice

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Brooklyn Defender Services
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Kings County, NY
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Published 29 days ago

Brooklyn Defender Services (BDS) seeks Paralegals for the Family Defense Practice (FDP).

BDS is a multi-disciplinary defense office representing low-income New Yorkers in criminal, family, immigration, and civil legal matters. Our expertise lies in the intersection of these legal systems that disproportionately impact poor, Black, Latinx, and immigrant communities.

BDS represents thousands of people each year who have diverse, complex, and multi-faceted legal needs. In addition to a zealous legal defense, our interdisciplinary teams of attorneys, social workers and advocates provide a wide range of legal and advocacy services, including housing, public benefits, education, and employment issues. BDS is a public defense office where staff work collaboratively and across disciplines to deliver high-quality legal services that serve the people we represent, their families and communities in Brooklyn.

BDS’ Family Defense Practice (FDP) is the primary provider of legal representation for parents and caretakers who are accused of neglect or abuse in Brooklyn Family Court under Article 10 of the Family Court Act. Attorneys handle clients’ Article 10 cases and any related matters, including Termination of Parental Rights, custody, family offense, paternity, visitation, or other petitions.

FDP’s interdisciplinary teams of attorneys, social workers, and advocates provide comprehensive representation to parents which includes zealous legal representation and litigation as well as social work advocacy at foster care and other agencies that impact the future of the family. FDP staff also works closely with BDS’ other practices to ensure clients have access to needed additional services and resources through our interdisciplinary practice model. 

The Paralegal will join a team of FDP paralegals and work under the direct supervision of the Paralegal Supervisor. Paralegals will also work under the supervision of attorneys for specific assignments. 

Responsibilities

·      Draft written motions and petitions as well as other legal documents, such as discovery requests.

·      Interview clients, prepare client affidavits, and obtain client signatures.

·      Summarize transcripts, case records, and hospital and mental health records.

·      Provide pre-petition information to clients who are under investigation by the Administration for Children’s Services.

·      Staff Family Court intake shifts, which involves conducting interviews of clients during the intake process.

·      Request records and letters from external organizations and service providers for clients.

·      Conduct legal research.

·      Represent clients and prepare them to testify at administrative hearings to amend clients’ records with the State Central Register

·      Other responsibilities as assigned.



Qualifications

·      Bachelor’s degree or 3+ years’ work experience as a paralegal or legal assistant required.

·      Strong organizational and administrative skills

·      Critical thinking and problem-solving skills (able to analyze the way something works, identify ways it could be improved, explain those ideas to others)

·      Ability to take responsibility for multiple varied tasks and organize own time to ensure all tasks are completed accurately and on time, including handling short-notice requests.

·      Excellent written and oral communication skills and an ability to think strategically

·      Ability to work both independently and as part of a team

·      Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and Adobe Acrobat

·      Flexibility to take on a variety of duties as needed to support the work of the team

·      Applicants bilingual in languages commonly spoken in Brooklyn, such as Spanish, Mandarin, Haitian Creole, and Russian, are encouraged to apply. 

Position Information

This is a full-time, non-exempt, salaried position. The normal schedule is Monday to Friday 9am-5pm. The position is based at BDS’s offices in Downtown Brooklyn, primarily 195 Montague Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 and at the Brooklyn Family Court, 330 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY 11021 (when it is open). At time of posting, paralegals are working a hybrid schedule of remote and in-person work. Applicants should be prepared to move flexibly between in-person and remote work as policies and needs shift through the pandemic.


BDS determines salary on a payscale, which is visible to all employees. Salary is commensurate with education and experience, starting at $52,000 for a 2021 college graduate BDS also offers comprehensive benefits including health and dental insurance, short-term disability and life insurance, a 403(b) retirement plan, pre-tax commuter benefit, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, and above-average vacation, sick, holiday, family, and medical leave policies


Application Instructions

Click HERE to apply by submitting a cover letter and resume on our online application portal. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. BDS recommends submitting your application by October 12th.


Brooklyn Defender Services is a proud equal opportunity employer committed to celebrating diversity and maintaining an equitable and inclusive work environment. We strongly encourage candidates of all identities, expressions, orientations, disabilities, and experiences to apply. If you need an accommodation due to a disability or another reason, please contact the Director of Human Resources, Christina Wallace, at cwallace@bds.org

Brooklyn Defender Services (BDS) seeks Paralegals for the Family Defense Practice (FDP).

BDS is a multi-disciplinary defense office representing low-income New Yorkers in criminal, family, immigration, and civil legal matters. Our…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Application Deadline
    October 12, 2021
  • Professional Level
    Entry level

Compensation

At least USD 52,000

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Kings County, NY
Associated Location
195 Montague St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA

How to Apply

Click HERE to apply by submitting a cover letter and resume on our online application portal. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. BDS recommends submitting your application by October 12th.

Click HERE to apply by submitting a cover letter and resume on our online application portal. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. BDS…

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