Job Title: Legal Advocate/Paralegal
Position Summary: The Legal Advocate/Paralegal position is a full-time hourly position that assists public interest attorneys with legal matters and provides support to clients primarily in Family Law Cases. Under the supervision of the Supervising Attorney, the Legal Advocate/Paralegal prepares documents and forms, meets and corresponds with clients, and provides administrative support to attorneys as needed.
About the Organization: Founded in 1973, the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice provides holistic, trauma-informed legal services and empowers individuals to secure long-term solutions that result in stable families, violence-free homes, and strong communities. At LACLJ, we believe that legal education, advocacy and representation can be the difference between adversity and opportunity and that meaningful access to justice improves lives. LACLJ’s mission is to fight for the rights of vulnerable families and advocate for a more just legal system. Our vision is a strong community where families are safe, stable and free from injustice.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities will include:
- Conduct interviews and engage in fact-gathering with clients
- Prepare correspondence, memoranda, Judicial Council forms and related attachments, proof of service, substitutions of attorney, notices and other necessary legal forms under attorney supervision
- Schedule court mediations, calendar deadlines and events for client matters
- Track deadlines for attorney actions including filings, court appearances and other deadlines
- Prepare client evidence for court or for other types of filings (pictures, receipts, etc.)
- Communicate with clients, Child Support Services Departments (CSSD), counsel, law enforcement and other entities
- Fax, scan and mail documents as needed; serve legal documents using ACE Service
- Performs legal research to assist attorneys with appellate work, discovery arguments, motions and briefs
- Translate documents from Spanish to English (and vice versa) as needed
- Perform searches, retrieve documents and make copies in court
- Ensure accurate and timely tracking of all messages, mail and documents
- Prepare, organize, and maintain physical and digital files for clients
- Baccalaureate degree in any subject and two years of law-related experience under the supervision of an experienced attorney OR Associate’s Degree and Certificate of Completion of a paralegal program approved by the CA Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education and two years of experience in the legal field.
- Strong technology and software skills including MS Outlook, Word, Excel, internet searches, etc.
- Ability to communicate well orally and in writing
- Ability to meet deadlines and perform multiple tasks with a strong attention to detail
- Ability to work successfully with people from diverse backgrounds
- Bilingual fluency in English and Spanish
Other Duties: Adheres to standards of professional responsibility; Adheres to all LACLJ policies and procedures, including the standards set forth in the Performance and Evaluation Standards; Participates in mandatory staff trainings and meetings; Other duties as assigned.
Desired Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Experience working with low-income persons, immigrants and/or other underserved, underrepresented populations
- One year experience working in Family Law required
- Previous experience working with domestic violence survivors
- Demonstrated commitment to public interest work
- Bachelor’s degree in social sciences (political science, psychology, sociology, social work or ethnic studies)
Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:
- Work will be performed in an office setting at a work station
- This position requires the ability to concentrate on tasks while facing distractions. The Legal Advocate/Paralegal will also be required to attend meetings.
- Use of office machines such as computers, photocopiers and telephones
Salary and Benefits: The Legal Advocate/Paralegal is a non-exempt position with an annual salary range of $35,000 to $40,000 per year depending on experience. LACLJ offers a generous benefits package, a 35-hour workweek, paid vacation leave and sick leave and 100% employer-paid medical (Kaiser), dental, vision, long-term disability, life insurance. Staff also has the option to participate in a 403(b) retirement plan and dependent and health flex savings accounts (FSA). LACLJ is an eligible nonprofit employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program.
To Apply: Please email a cover letter and resume to Karinne@laclj.org with the position title in the subject header. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice is an equal opportunity employer.