Department/Program

 

Litigation

 

 

Job Title

 

Senior Paralegal

 

 

Reports To Paralegal Supervisor

Director of Litigation and Policy

 

Job Purpose

The Litigation Paralegal (Paralegal) is an integral part of the Right to Counsel Program that assists Litigation attorneys in the course of their representation of  tenants facing eviction. Because we strive to be barrier-free and client-centered, the position requires individuals who truly enjoy working with people, have the skills and capacity to respond in an empathetic and respectful way to clients who are often in crisis, and can work effectively in a collegial and fast paced environment.

The employee will work closely with RADCo (Rental Assistance) and Litigation staff to ensure
clients are supported in their efforts to secure rental and/or litigation assistance. The employee will be primarily tasked with assisting Litigation Attorneys in their work representing tenants facing eviction. When necessary, the employee will also assist the Paralegal Supervisor in supervising and supporting the paralegal team and the training of new employees.

At present, and until further notice, EDC is largely operating in a remote fashion due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

EDC provides employees with the necessary IT equipment and remote access to work from home. Some administrative and program staff are working on site at our offices. EDC’s COVID-19 Safety Plan adheres to the CDC’s health and safety guidelines and the federal OSHA requirements for workplace safety.

 *Proof of vaccination required

Qualifications

First and foremost, the applicant must profoundly share EDC’s mission and vision of social justice and be able to manage stressful situations with empathy and calm. Below are additional qualifications.

  • Paralegal certificate preferred, but not required
  • Three years of paralegal experience preferred, including proficient to intermediate skills with Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite and other common computer programs. Database management a plus (Salesforce).
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and an interest in assisting diverse, low-income communities.
  • Be well-organized, highly motivated, and creative.
  • Able to work independently and in a team-oriented environment.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and computer literate.
  • Able to work on several projects simultaneously, and handle a high volume of activity.
  • Proven project management experience.
  • The ability to make quick decisions and exercise good judgment.
  • Fluency, and ability to help clients, in a language other than English highly preferred.

Duties and Responsibilities

Paralegal Team Support Duties (10%)

  • Join or substitute for the Paralegal Supervisor at administration and data meetings.
  • Assist the Paralegal Supervisor in training and supporting the paralegal team.
  • Assist the Paralegal Supervisor to recruit, hire, train, and onboard paralegals, volunteers, and interns.
  • In collaboration with the Paralegal Supervisor, coordinate the development of new tools and resources for internal or external use.

Legal Services Duties (70%)

  • Assist in responding to and propounding discovery.
  • Review legal documents.
  • Under attorney supervision, prepare responsive pleadings, stay of execution requests, other ex parte applications, noticed motions, and other necessary pleadings.
  • Maintain and update client files and internal database.
  • Conduct client intakes.
  • Participate in regular skills-based training sessions.
  • Work on trial support and generally provide support for attorneys.
  • Accompany attorneys to court hearings to shadow proceedings.
  • Work with attorneys and other EDC staff to train and supervise volunteers and interns.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Administrative Duties (20%)

  • Attend weekly program meetings, monthly agency staff meetings, and relevant supervision meetings.
  • Enter all data on time and correctly to support program evaluation and outcomes tracking.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Skills

  • Demonstrate excellent customer service skills and the ability to calm clients who may be distraught.
  • Must be comfortable asking personal questions in a way that sets the client at ease.
  • Display the ability to communicate with others effectively, listen closely and convey points clearly.
  • Demonstrates the ability to use standard office equipment such as telephones, computers, copiers, fax machines and others.
  • Must have the ability to follow instructions and communicate clearly with other staff and clients.
  • Able to manage online calendars and set appointments

Classification

This is a non-exempt, full-time position.

Union

EDC staff are represented by the National Organization of Legal Services Workers (NOLSW, UAW Local 2320, AFL-CIO). This is a union position and subject to the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Working Conditions

The position requires working with individuals during moments of extreme stress and instability. The position also requires the provision of culturally-sensitive and empathetic services. Some evening and weekend work may be required.

The employee is expected to be in the office (or available if/when working remote) during normal business hours and to communicate with staff regarding whereabouts when elsewhere for meetings or other obligations. Additionally, the employee is expected to be reachable by email, phone and video conference as needed during normal business hours, Monday – Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm.

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Prolonged sitting/standing.
  • Extensive typing/data entry.
  • Periodic lifting/carrying/transporting of materials in excess of 40 lbs.
  • Close visual acuity to prepare and analyze data, text, and figures.
  • Prolonged computer use.

Direct Reports

The Senior Paralegal will not supervise any employee.

 

Date approved: 09/13/2022
Date last reviewed: 09/13/2022

 

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