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Civil Practice Paralegal Casehandler The candidate will work with the Housing Unit Staff Attorneys to resolve the government benefits issues involved with Housing Unit, including obtaining rent arrears payments and ongoing rental assistance through FEPS relief, agency advocacy regarding government benefits, representation of clients at administrative hearings, and outreach and training for affected client communities and service providers. The Paralegal Casehandler is on the front lines of assisting individuals and families to avoid imminent eviction. Provide advice and direct assistance to clients. Interview clients and assess requests for services. Represent clients at administrative hearings. Work with Staff Attorneys to resolve the government benefits issues involved with housing practice cases. Draft affidavits on behalf of clients. Obtain rent arrears payments and ongoing rental assistance through FEPS relief. Handle a high volume of individual cases and respond to the needs of community-based organizations. Prepare documents and conduct advocacy in eviction cases and termination hearings. Advocate with various agencies regarding government benefits. Develop community education materials and conduct trainings for clients and other advocates. Maintain case management. Conduct courthouse-based and off-site intake as needed, including during evening hours. Conduct policy advocacy on behalf of clients. Other duties as assigned
Qualification and Experience
The candidate should have Paralegal certificate from an ABA-accredited paralegal program, Bachelor's degree in relevant field, or satisfactory completion of a comprehensive in-house training course appropriate to practice area. 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. Excellent written, oral advocacy, and computer skills are required. Should have ability to work independently as well as in a team and manage a large workload. Must have ability to coordinate and collaborate successfully with other groups and organizations. Proficiency in languages other than English, especially Spanish, is desirable.
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