POSITION: Bilingual Legal Case Worker
Position: Bilingual Legal Case Worker
Status: 1.00 Full Time Non-Exempt
Reports to: Domestic Violence Attorney and Supervising Attorney
Legal Aid of Sonoma County (LASC) seeks a Bilingual Legal Case Worker (BCW) to join our Domestic Violence (DV) legal team in providing legal services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, human trafficking, and stalking. LASC provides clients assistance with protective orders and related legal remedies. Services include assistance with pleadings, legal advice and information, and in-court representation. LASC collaborates with a variety of agencies and community partners, including the Family Justice Center, YWCA, Verity, and La Luz Center, to provide coordinated services to victims of domestic violence. The LASC DV team carries an extensive caseload and the environment is fast paced.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Legal Support for Clients:
- Triage and interview clients.
- Assist attorney with Spanish translation in client interviews.
- Conduct client correspondence.
- Draft and process legal documents, including pleadings and declarations, under attorney supervision.
- Prepare clients for mediation and court appearances.
- Prepare materials for hearing and trial, including exhibits and court forms.
- Provide off-site outreach legal services to Spanish-speaking clients at La Luz
Center in the Sonoma Valley for four hours (half day) per week.
- Schedule and maintain court, client and attorney meeting calendars, and track case deadlines.
- Schedule client consultations.
- Set up case files and enter new client cases into LASC’s client database (Pika). Maintain up-to-date case notes, time reporting and client demographic data in Pika. Follow legal case protocols and maintain organized case files.
- Close completed cases in Pika and enter appropriate legal outcomes.
- Collect and maintain statistical records on services provided, as required by Funders.
- Translate forms and self-help materials into Spanish.
- Administrative and other tasks as assigned.
- Bilingual in English and Spanish with an understanding of cultural differences, and the special needs of DV and assault victims.
- At least two (2) years’ experience in an office environment.
- Demonstrated ability to work with all persons regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, economic background, immigration status, gender identification, or sexual orientation.
- Ability to work independently and as a member of a diverse team.
- Must be flexible, work well under pressure, with ability to organize and prioritize work effectively with great attention to detail, including timely case management and a commitment to accurate and on time data and time keeping reporting.
- Working knowledge of computer applications including Microsoft Office, legal forms software programs, and database programs.
- Successful County of Sonoma and/or YWCA Safe House background check may be required as a condition of employment.
- Valid CA Driver’s License and proof of current automobile insurance required.
- Experience working with victims of domestic violence preferred.
- Previous experience working in a law office or working with clients in a non-profit
BENEFITS: Legal Aid of Sonoma County provides a dynamic and supportive work environment; and an excellent benefit package after the completion of an initial 90-day introductory period. Benefits include eligibility for company paid health insurance or cash-in-lieu; and very generous paid vacation/sick/holiday leave policies. Note all employment at LASC is ‘at will’, completion of the introductory period does not alter this.
SALARY: $20.00 – $22.00 per hour DOE, plus a generous benefits package.
To APPLY, please email a resume and cover letter to:
Ronit Rubinoff, Executive Director
Legal Aid of Sonoma County is an equal opportunity employer.
LASC is a non-profit organization, any employment at LASC may be contingent on
continued funding from program specific contracts and grants.