Job Details

Contract Paralegal - Voca

Company name

Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc.

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type

Legal Staff

Valid Through

Feb 28,2020

Posted on

Nov 15,2019


Fort Myers, FL, United States

Employment Type

Contract, Full-time


Practice Area
Family Law >> Family Law
  Employer Sponsored Job (Free to apply to)


Contract Paralegal - VOCA
Duties: Interviews, confirms, eligibility, crime, case facts & legal problem of victim, updates client data base with necessary information for reporting. Develops goals to address effects of crime and works with client to establish service plan and timeline to achieve goals. Reassesses and revises service plan as needed; and follows-up with client to assess for additional services. Maintain network of mental health, health, social service, disability, substance abuse and domestic violence referrals. Assists victim in accessing referrals. Provides clients with appropriate legal advice, applying the relevant law to the facts presented, and counseling the client in their pursuit of resolution of legal problems arising from their victimization. Assists with victim’s compensation applications. Communicates with client, provides referrals for intervention and other non-legal services associated with the legal problems arising from victimization. Provides clients with appropriate legal assistance exercising judgment in interpreting the particular facts presented by the client and in applying the relevant law to the facts presented in contested matters. Represents clients before administrative agencies, including investigation, witness preparation, pre- and post- hearing written arguments, conducting hearings and related activities, negotiating settlements with or without litigation, and obtaining administrative decisions. Performs similar duties in support of attorney in court cases. Coordinates with agencies serving and referring victims. Communicates with agencies & victims, provides referrals for intervention and other non-legal services associated with the legal problems arising from victimization. Enters data in the Legal Server client case management system to capture information needed for statistical reporting and grant compliance. Participates in case acceptance & other office meetings to determine strategies for client services. Provides documentation, statistical information and other records as required by the grant. Participates in training to keep up CLEs relevant to the various areas of the law necessary to zealously represent victims.

Qualification and Experience

Qualifications: Paralegal degree or certification. Knowledge of the legal system, commitment to the mission of FRLS and compassion for the clients. Cultural similarity with this population and knowledge of Spanish and/or Haitian Creole is preferred. Ability to forge positive relationships with prospects and colleagues. Good organizational, interpersonal and communication skills. Ability to work collaboratively, yet independently. Creativity and ability to maximize the use of existing resources. Working knowledge of Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and Case Management System. Must be able effectively communicate with peers, supervisors, clients and the public. Must be able to effectively work in high pressure situations which involve deadlines. Ability to carry caseloads when necessary. Must be able to work weekends and travel when needed.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc.
2254 McGregor Boulevard Plaza, P.O. Box 219
Fort Myers, FL 33902-0219

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