Under the supervision of the Managing Attorney, the Paralegal assists Attorneys in maintaining a large caseload that can include a wide variety of civil cases. The Paralegal is responsible for keeping files organized (physical, Legal Server, and the electronic shared drive) and assisting with client contact and communication.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Initiate contact with new clients:
- Complete initial compliance documentation;
- Set up meetings with clients to gather initial information, depending on the type of case;
- Provide open communication with clients to ensure they are updated on the status of their case;
- Maintain client files from open to close;
- Draft proposed letters, pleadings, discovery requests, and other documents for Attorney review;
- Work with Attorneys on each case to assist clients and continue case progression;
- File and serves legal pleadings;
- Assist with outreach events statewide and locally, if requested;
- Participate in meetings as part of East River Legal Services and the Legal Team;
- Comply with all regulations, grant requirements, and internal operating and personnel policies;
- Other duties, which may be assigned from time to time by the Managing Attorney and/or the Staff Attorneys.
- Knowledge of legal principles and legal research methods;
- Ability to draft legal instruments and documents, under the supervision of an Attorney;
- Display ethical conduct and exhibit honesty and integrity;
- Display a high level of initiative, effort, and commitment towards completing assignments efficiently;
- Work with minimal supervision and ask for clarification and/or assistance, when needed;
- Listen to others and respond appropriately.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
- Graduation from an accredited Paralegal program; or
- Graduation from an accredited two-year or four-year college; or
- A minimum of 3 to 4 years’ experience/knowledge in a particular field of law;
- Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written;
- Ability to prioritize and manage multiple clients and responsibilities;
- Proficient at the use of technology including, but not limited to: word processing, spreadsheets, internet-based programs, database systems, and computer-based legal research;
- Must be detail-oriented, organized, and self-motivated;
- Ability to work effectively as part of a team and independently;
- Ability to handle numerous tasks concurrently;
- Skills and experience in interacting with persons of various social, racial, cultural, economic, and educational backgrounds;
- Being bilingual is strongly preferred, but not required.