POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT
POSTING DATE: 05/02/2022

 

Paralegal – Preventing and Ending Homeless Project (PEHP)

 

CLASSIFICATION: Paralegal I (Union)  SALARY: $51,102.10+DOQ
DEPARTMENT: PEHP Project FLSA STATUS: Non-Exempt
REPORTS TO: Directing Attorney APPLICATION DEADLINE: Until filled

 

For nearly 50 years, Bet Tzedek Legal Services has provided high-quality, free legal services to Los Angeles’ most vulnerable residents. In that tradition, Bet Tzedek is seeking a paralegal to join our Preventing and Ending Homelessness Project (PEHP). The project aims to prevent homelessness by providing litigation-based direct services to residential tenants facing eviction or other rental housing disputes. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  • Complete client intake
  • Support a high-volume caseload that include delivering advice and counsel in landlord-tenant matters and eviction defense under the supervision of an attorney;
  • Prepare court forms and case documents under the supervision of an attorney;
  • Support attorneys with discovery requests, including assisting with drafting, serving, and preparing responses to   interrogatories, requests for production, and requests for admissions, as well as helping attorneys arrange for depositions;
  • File documents with the courts;
  • Maintain well-organized digital case files and accurate case statistics;
  • Assist with outreach and education efforts, including delivering “Know Your Rights” presentations;
  • Assist with administrative and clerical duties such as communicating with clients, calendaring, e-filing, and opening and closing digital case files; and
  • Other assignments as deemed appropriate.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A paralegal certificate/degree in paralegal studies from an ABA-approved institution OR bachelor’s degree and at least 1 year of law-related experience under the supervision of an attorney who has been an active member of the California bar for the preceding 3 years (required);
  • Experience in state court systems, including state court e-filing systems (required);
  • Thorough knowledge of legal terminology, court rules, and procedures (required);
  • Proficiency with internet and web-based applications (required);
  • MS Office and legal database (Lexis/Nexis, Westlaw, Legal Server, NetDocs, Adobe Pro, OneLegal) proficiency  (highly preferred);
  • At least 2 years of law firm experience supporting multiple attorneys (preferred);
  • Knowledge and experience in landlord-tenant law, eviction defense, or similar practice areas related to housing or homelessness (preferred);
  • Demonstrated commitment to Bet Tzedek’s mission to provide free legal services to those who need them most (required); and
  • Demonstrated commitment to applying principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion in performance of job duties (required).

HOW TO APPLY: 

 

Note: All positions are subject to funding; ongoing funding or employment cannot be assured.   

 

To best serve our communities Bet Tzedek seeks a diverse staff with cultural competency reflecting our client populations. We strongly encourage candidates from traditionally underrepresented communities and historically oppressed groups to apply.

 

Paralegal – Preventing and Ending Homeless Project (PEHP)