Public Benefits Paralegal

Paralegal/Legal Assistant
Inland Counties Legal Services
EXCELLENT BENEFITS! Inland Counties Legal Services, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that has been providing legal services to low-income persons residing in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties for more than 60 years. ICLS targets services to seniors in the greatest social or economic need. Legal services are provided by attorneys, or paralegals under the direct supervision of an attorney. Services include advice and counsel, limited action (includes negotiations and preparation of legal documents), as well as direct representation before administrative law and civil courts. Legal assistance is provided in areas including housing, family, consumer/civil, public benefits, elder abuse, citizenship clinics, bankruptcies (selected), healthcare access, and domestic violence.
Description

 

Job Title:                                 Public Benefits Paralegal I, II

FLSA Classification:             No n – Exempt

Reports To:                            Practice Group Director

Supervises:                             N/A

Compensation:                     $24.00 $42.00 Hourly

 

Inland Counties Legal Services is seeking a Paralegal to join our Public Benefits Team. Inland Counties Legal Services, Inc. is a nonprofit organization providing legal services to low-income persons residing in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. ICLS targets services to seniors and those in the greatest social and economic need. Legal services are provided by attorneys, or paralegals under the direct supervision of an attorney. Levels of service include advice and counsel, limited action (includes negotiations and preparation of legal documents), as well as direct representation before administrative law and civil courts. ICLS provides legal assistance in a variety of areas of law. The eight practice groups are: Outreach, Consumer, Housing, Family Law, Immigration, Systemic and Impact, Health Law, and Public Benefits. Visit our website at www.inlandlegal.org for more information.

Overview of Position

Under the direct supervision of an attorney, the Public Benefits Paralegal assists in providing comprehensive legal services by performing specific legal functions on behalf of clients, including some advocacy as can be performed by a non-attorney. The Public Benefits Paralegal focuses on the application for and maintenance of low-income benefits for vulnerable individuals reliant upon such income for housing and living expenses.

Additionally, the Public Benefits Paralegal will assist with education cases and advocacy for children in need of educational supports and services throughout Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  • Interview and counsel clients
  • Provide limited service to clients, interfacing with outside counsel, internal clients, and customers
  • Assist with conducting research, reviewing medical and education records, drafting and filing briefs and complaints, and advocating at administrative hearings under the supervision of an attorney or Practice Group Director
  • Work effectively as part of a team that includes attorneys, support staff, volunteers, and students
  • Regularly participate in clinics and community outreach projects
  • Create and maintain new matters in the case management system
  • Perform other related duties as required

Desired Education and Experience

  • Four (4) year college degree or Paralegal Certificate from an ABA accredited school
  • 1-year relevant legal experience
  • Knowledge of legal terminology and legal document management
  • Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal service
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Accurate typing skills with the ability to type 60 WPM
  • Previous calendaring experience
  • Ability to be flexible to adapt and act quickly when urgent matters require it
  • Self-motivated, takes initiative, ability to learn quickly