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Paralegal Specialist The candidate will assist students and faculty in the David A. Clarke School of Law clinical program with investigative, case-handing and administrative activities associated with representation of individual and group clients and operation of the program. Will help expand the clinical program’s capacity to provide comprehensive services to low-income DC seniors. Work with clinic students and faculty to coordinate appropriate cross-clinic services for senior clients. Assist the Associate Dean for Clinical and Experiential Programs with administrative, grant reporting and evaluation needs, including but not limited to the development of systems to capture and report relevant data regarding delivery of services to senior clients. Assist with screening clients for eligibility and initial identification of problems. Obtain and organize client records and documents. Help clients complete forms and simple documents. Provide logistical assistance as needed (e.g., setting up meetings, filing documents with courts or agencies). Perform investigative and other information-gathering for case evaluation and preparation. Provide litigation support, including but not limited to organizing, indexing and digesting discovery documents and depositions, preparing court submissions and assisting with hearing or trial preparation. Support non-litigation tasks including community education, policy advocacy and transactional work. Perform administrative tasks to facilitate clinic operations. Document activities in case management system. Help maintain client and other clinic files and records. Help coordinate cross-clinic activities for seniors who may have multiple cases. Assist with development of system to gather and report data for reports, evaluation and other requirements. Work with clinic students, faculty and social worker to promote knowledge of legal rights and capacity to advocate on the part of community members and groups. Should have an Associate degree preferred or paralegal-specific training and any combination of experience and education. Must be computer proficient, including basic databases (e.g., Excel, Access). Prior experience working with, and commitment to serving, low-income persons or groups is required. Prior paralegal experience in a non-profit environment is desirable.
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