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Advocate/Paralegal

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Salary: $46,000-$53,000

The Domestic Violence Advocate/Paralegal provides advocacy services to victims of domestic violence and supports the family law cases handled by attorneys. The Advocate/Paralegal will carry their own caseload providing support and guidance, with proper supervision, to victims of domestic violence. They will also assist attorneys with the preparation of legal documents, preliminary research, client intakes, and interviews, including legal assistant duties. To help create and maintain positive working relationships with organizations in the service area, the Advocate/Paralegal will conduct outreach events and trainings about Legal Aid Society’s mission and services. This position is funded in part by and in collaboration with, one or more grants. Personnel must adhere to the goals and outcomes detailed in the grant contract. This position is funded for the duration of the grant and subsequent renewal may result in modification of job duties and responsibilities.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Interview applicants and, in consultation with supervising attorney, determine the level of service to be provided.
  • Serve as primary case handler and advocate for clients who have experienced domestic violence in family law cases.
  • Prepare affidavits, pleadings, legal correspondence, and other documents for review by attorneys.
  • Promptly and accurately assist case handlers with client meetings, research, case management, filings, and other tasks.
  • Create and maintain positive working relationships with organizations in the service area and state that benefit the client population.
  • Assist in trial preparation by organizing exhibits and assisting with other tasks as needed.
  • Create and maintain positive working relationships with organizations in the service area and state which would benefit the client population.
  • Maintain accurate and orderly client files, adhering to case management database policies and guidelines.
  • Support the casework of attorneys as assigned.
  • Carefully follow directions and promptly respond to requests of attorneys and other LAS staff.
  • Travel throughout 8 county service areas, for client meetings, court appearances, and/or community outreach.
  • Comply with all grant requirements.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or a minimum of two years of relevant experience. Social work experience is a plus.
  • 2 years prior experience working in a law office, court, social service agency, or other relevant setting.
  • Office administration experience.
  • Experience working with victims of domestic violence. Experience working with low-income people.
  • Basic proficiency in Windows and Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel software.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills, including in client interviews and helping people in crisis.
  • Proficiency in use of office equipment (copiers, scanners, facsimile, postage machine, etc.).
  • Fluency in written and spoken Spanish is a plus.

Benefits

Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance coverage first day of employment. Life Insurance, Healthcare Savings Account, Public Service Loan Forgiveness eligible, 401k plan, Vacation/Sick/Holiday Leave. Hybrid Remote work schedule.

How to Apply

Documents Required: cover letter, resume, and three references (with email addresses and phone numbers)

Columbia Advocate/Paralegal Application

LASMTC is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, people with disabilities, women, LBGTQIA+, and gender non-conforming applicants.

Who We Are

Legal Aid Society’s mission is to advance, defend, and enforce the legal rights of low-income and vulnerable people in order to secure for them the basic necessities of life. Our staff includes national authorities in the fields of domestic violence, housing, consumer law, federal income taxation, health advocacy, non-profit group representation, social security, and special education.