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BROOKLYN DEFENDER SERVICES FAMILY DEFENSE PRACTICE, SEEKS LEGAL ASSISTANT

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January 11, 2021

Brooklyn Defender Services (BDS) provides innovative, multi-disciplinary, and client-centered criminal, family, and immigration defense, as well as civil legal services, social work support and advocacy, for tens of thousands of clients in Brooklyn every year. BDS represents clients who have diverse, complex and multi-faceted needs in a high volume and very fast-paced setting.

The Family Defense Practice represents indigent parents accused of abusing and neglecting their children in Kings County Family Court. Our cases involve families impacted by homelessness, domestic violence, substance abuse, and mental illness. FDP’s mission is to keep families together and reduce the amount of time children spend in foster care. Our clients are primarily low income people of color. Interdisciplinary teams of attorneys, social workers and our administrative staff defend clients’ due process rights in family court and outside of court, they help families get the benefits and services they need to stay together.

Under the direct supervision of the Administrative Support Manager, the Legal Assistant provides a wide range of litigation and administrative support to attorneys as part of the administrative team


Responsibilities:

•      Draft subpoenas and follow up with hospitals, schools, and the police department for records

•      Participate in attorney training and hiring committees, including scheduling, preparation of materials, and ensuring that attorneys receive CLE credit

•      Assist in intake in Family Court when FDP picks up new cases

•      Participate in general duties of the administrative team as needed, including conducting conflict checks for new clients; drafting client letters; contacting service providers for letters to support clients and other administrative tasks, such as covering reception as needed.

•      Other responsibilities as assigned


Qualifications:

•      Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience 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)

•      Excellent oral and written communication skills

•      Ability to take responsibility for multiple varied tasks and organize own time to ensure all tasks are completed accurately and on time

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

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

Brooklyn Defender Services (BDS) provides innovative, multi-disciplinary, and client-centered criminal, family, and immigration defense, as well as civil legal services, social work support and advocacy, for tens of thousands of clients in…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required
  • Entry level

Location

177 Livingston Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

How to Apply

HOW TO APPLY

Please send a resume and cover letter to jobsfdpadmin@bds.org and include Legal Assistant on the Subject Line.

Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. No telephone calls please.

Brooklyn Defender Services is a proud equal opportunity employer committed to creating and maintaining a diverse work environment and supports a nondiscrimination policy in all employment practices. We are focused on equity and inclusion and thus strongly encourage candidates of all identities, expressions, orientations, disabilities, experiences, and other characteristics that make us different to apply. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability or another reason, you may contact the Director of Human Resources, Christina Wallace, at cwallace@bds.org.

HOW TO APPLY

Please send a resume and cover letter to jobsfdpadmin@bds.org and include Legal Assistant on the Subject Line.

Only candidates selected for interviews will be…

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