Wage range: $20.59 - $31.13 (Depending on Experience)
Location: Santa Ana or Southeast L.A.
The Housing Team Staff Paralegal will work as a member of the housing team to serve low-income and senior tenants who are facing eviction. This full-time non-exempt position reports to the Supervising Attorney.
- Maintain caseload of housing-related matters, under attorney supervision, including, but not limited to matters involving eviction defense and administrative hearings for subsidized housing.
- Represent clients, under attorney supervision, at administrative hearings.
- Work with attorney to prepare cases for trial and administrative hearings.
- Assist clients with issues related to federally subsidized housing.
- Participate in negotiation and settlement discussion with adverse parties and their legal representatives.
- Prepare legal work under the supervision of an attorney.
- Maintain detailed and accurate case notes and timekeeping in case management system (LegalServer).
- Assist attorney with intake and initial client appointments.
- Prepare and maintain client files, electronic and/or physical.
- Interview clients. Effectively and efficiently communicate with clients including accurately relaying legal advice provided by the attorney.
- Prepare legal forms, pleadings, memoranda, correspondence and other legal documents. Assist with citation checking.
- Assist attorneys with case investigation, witness interviews, factual and legal research.
- Perform various clerical duties such as record-keeping, document copying, e-Filing, etc.
- Perform other duties as required to meet the needs of the organization.
- Paralegal certificate, paralegal degree or
- Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of one year of law-related experience under the supervision of an attorney who has been an active member of the State Bar of California for at least the preceding three years or who has practiced in the federal courts of this state for at least the preceding three years, and a written declaration from this attorney stating that the person is qualified to perform paralegal tasks.
- Up to 2 years' experience.
- Knowledge of landlord tenant law - Preferred.
- Experience working in a high-volume environment - Preferred.
- Knowledge of legal software programs used to prepare California Judicial Council Forms - Preferred.
- Valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle, active insurance policy or other ability to travel frequently in and around the service area for representation and to engage with clients and community partners - Required.
- Strong technical skills; including proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams).
- Excellent analytical, communication (written and oral), and listening skills.
- Ability to work well under pressure an several activities at once.
- Self-motivated, ability to learn quickly, initiative to problem-solve.
- Capacity to meet strict deadlines.
- Great organizational skills with keen attention to detail.
- Ability to work in a fast-paced, results-oriented environment.
- Bilingual proficiency – Preferred.
The position requires working with individuals during moments of extreme stress and instability. The position also requires the provision of culturally-sensitive and empathetic services. Due to the COVID pandemic, our office is largely working remotely. Exceptions include mandatory court appearances, required client meetings and hearings and some administrative staff. This position is only temporarily remote, except for such mandatory appearances. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required as a condition of employment before date of hire.
What we offer
Our staff members work a 35-hour week. We offer an outstanding benefit package which includes medical/dental, 401k with employer contribution; life insurance with an optional employee buy-in; and short-term and long-term disability. Our employees have access to paid holidays, vacation, personal time, and sick time on their first day. Upon successfully completing the six-month probation period, compensation increases may be available within the first initial year of employment. Employee Assistance Program available. Employees who are able to prove bilingual proficiency are eligible
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