The Paralegal will work closely with all program staff to ensure the successful and smooth operation in its legal and administrative functions, including client communication and case support, assisting with the drafting of pleadings and papers; case filing; case intake, including with administrative investigations and complaints; records management for the Unit; case/data tracking; and answering phone calls.
There are paralegal positions available with the following programs:
The CEA Program uses civil legal remedies in the state and federal courts such as representing clients in foreclosure litigation, homeowners against deed theft and modification scams through affirmative litigation and assists homeowners with loan modifications and tax and water liens. The CEA Program also provides non-legal advocacy such as town hall meetings, providing referrals, and working with coalitions for legislative policy changes to protect economic equity of low-and moderate-income families.
Essential Job Responsibilities:
- With the supervision of an attorney, research cases and legal issues to support client cases, and prepare the appropriate documentation according to established procedures;
- Interview clients and enter cases into the case management system;
- Communicate legal details to clients in a clear and precise manner in attorney's absence without providing legal consultation or advice;
- Prepare letters and request documents to prepare clients’ cases;
- Preform legal research. Edit and proofread legal documents;
- Enter data and case notes into case management system;
- Take all incoming calls for related housing issues, schedule intakes and coordinate coverage;
- Attend weekly case review meeting; and
- Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications and Skills:
- An associate’s degree in paralegal studies, a post-baccalaureate certificate in paralegal studies or a bachelor’s degree with a major, minor or concentration in paralegal studies preferred.
- Minimum 2 years of relevant paralegal experience with a law firm o legal project management/operations experience.
- Administrative proficiency to help successfully facilitate day-to-day legal services operations in a dynamic and fast-paced work environment;
- Experience with legal drafting, case support, and discovery and trial preparation;
- Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with individuals from diverse backgrounds, particularly in working with people in crisis, and various government agencies;
- Ability to work independently with initiative, to manage a high case-load, to meet deadlines, and to be flexible;
- Technical proficiency, including computer skills, sufficient to independently maintain, review, and generate materials relevant to the position as well as track client information in our database, prepare reports for funders, attend meetings, and perform administrative tasks related to the work, such as timekeeping, client communication, document preparation and production, and case notes;
- Excellent interpersonal and organization skills;
- Excellent writing and reading skills in English; and
- Bilingual in a second language preferred.
If you are interested in this position, you must submit your resume and a cover letter telling us why your experiences would make you a good fit for this role. This position is currently remote; when the office reopens, this position will be based in our Brooklyn office.
Brooklyn A is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, religion/creed, color, national origin, sex, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, military status, predisposing genetic characteristics, a survivor of domestic violence status, or marital status.