Position:                                Legal Secretary-Consumer Team

Experience:                           minimum 2 years

Application Deadline:         Open until filled

Location:                               Fresno

Term of Employment:         Permanent Full Time

Other:                                     FLSA Exempt, Union Position


To Apply:


Please e-mail cover letter, resume, and three references along with a legal writing sample (no more than 3 pages) to: Manuel Romero, Director of Administration- mromero@centralcallegal.org


CCLS seeks applicants for a full-time legal secretary position.


Central California Legal Services Inc. (CCLS), assists low-income individuals with legal issues through education, outreach and representation. CCLS is a nonprofit organization providing free civil legal services to low-income residents throughout its six county service area in the central San Joaquin Valley.


This description is a general statement of required major duties and responsibilities performed on a regular and ongoing basis, and does not exclude other duties as may be assigned to ensure proper functioning of the program.


The Legal Secretary carries out routine duties and responsibilities and works with minimal supervision.  The Legal Secretary knows and understands office policies, procedures and practices necessary to conduct normal project functions. The Legal Secretary has an excellent grasp of the fundamentals of written communication in English and in Spanish, including excellent spelling, grammar, and punctuation usage.  Duties include but are not limited to the following:




  1. Provides administrative support to attorneys and legal advocates;
  2. Answers telephones, screens callers, take accurate messages and greets visitors; opens, sorts and distributes mail;
  3. Conducts intake interviews for clients who visit the office seeking assistance;
  4. Prepares for attorney review and signature a variety of legal correspondence, petitions, pleadings, motions and interrogatories;
  5. Prepares outgoing correspondence to insure all legal documents and enclosures are in proper processing order and that correspondence is grammatically correct;
  6. Files documents with the court and causes documents to be served;
  7. Maintains follow up records relating to legal matters in process, and ensures that legal requirements and deadlines are met;
  8. Performs a variety of secretarial duties, such as setting up and/or maintaining filing systems and appointment calendars, answering inquiries over the phone or in person, and managing secretarial and administrative details with minimum direction;
  9. Provides support in short term legal projects, including, but not limited to trial preparation tasks;
  10. Assists with library maintenance;
  11. Performs other duties as assigned.




  1. At least two years prior secretarial experience or equivalent experience;
  2. Legal Secretary certification or diploma from an accredited school;
  3. Ability to type at least 45 words per minute;
  4. Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills; highly organized and effective in a fast-paced environment; ability to maintain confidentiality of consumers and organization;
  5. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse groups of individuals and organizations;
  6. Ability to set priorities, meet deadlines, and a willingness to adapt to changing situations; Must exercise good judgment and demonstrate initiative in completion of job assignments and duties;
  7. Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills; Ability to work well with others and deal with the public in a courteous and professional manner;
  8. Competency with PC systems and standard software (Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and relevant databases);
  9. Reliable transportation, a valid CA Drivers’ License with appropriate car insurance;
  10. Working knowledge of and ability to calendar discovery, motion and trial deadlines.




Salary Range ($31,812-$44,592) DOE; benefits include medical, dental, vision, life, disability insurance coverage; employer contribution to 403(b) plan based on length of service; 14.5 paid holidays; generous vacation and sick leave policy; some professional dues paid by CCLS; if qualified, participation in the School Loan Reimbursement Assistance Program,


CCLS  is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer that provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified employees/applicants in all of our employment practices without regard to race, religion, color, sex or gender (including gender identity, pregnancy, childbirth, lactation, pregnancy- and childbirth-related medical conditions), sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, uniform-service member/veteran status, marital status, medical condition, physical or mental disability, taking/requesting statutorily protected leave, or any other basis protected by law.



POST DATE: 6/20/19

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