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Civil Practice Paralegal Casehandler Housing Justice - Tenant Defense
The candidate will work on own cases as well as with the Housing Staff Attorneys to resolve benefits and advocacy issues, including, obtaining rent arrears and ongoing rental assistance through appropriate programs, agency advocacy, representation of clients at administrative hearings, and outreach and training for affected client communities and service providers. Conduct intake/Client interviews, provide advice and direct assistance, and assess requests for services. Represent clients at administrative hearings at HRA or other appropriate forums. Work with Staff Attorneys to resolve the benefits issues involved with housing practice cases. Obtain rent arrears and ongoing rental assistance through FHEPS and other programs. Handle a high volume of individual cases and respond to the needs of community-based organizations. Prepare motion documents including client affidavits. Conduct advocacy in eviction cases and termination hearings. Develop community education materials and conduct training for clients and other advocates. Maintain case records. Conduct courthouse-based and off-site intake as needed, including during evening hours. Conduct policy advocacy on behalf of clients. Perform other duties as assigned. Should have a Bachelor's degree in a relevant field or paralegal certificate from an ABA-accredited paralegal program. Excellent written, oral advocacy, and computer skills are needed. Should have excellent organizational skills with the ability to multi-task and manage a large workload. Must have the ability to coordinate and collaborate successfully with other groups and organizations. Experience in and/or commitment to advocacy on behalf of low-income people and immigrants is strongly desired. Experience assisting people in crisis is desirable. Proficiency in languages other than English, especially Spanish, is preferred.
Req. #: 22-9. Submit a cover letter and resume.
Hiring CoordinatorThe Legal Aid Society..120-46 Queens Blvd.Kew Gardens, NY 11415
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