Since 1968, Brooklyn A has provided free legal services for low-income residents of Brooklyn, pursuing neighborhood-based mission of justice, empowerment and community development. For over half a century, we have utilized an array of legal and advocacy strategies—community organizing, affirmative civil rights litigation, and eviction defense to defend the rights of individuals and families. Collaboration with the city, state, and federal officials to enforce housing laws and develop legislative solutions is also an integral part of our strategy. Brooklyn A has three core programs—Preserving Affordable Housing (PAH) Program, Consumer & Economic Advocacy (CEA) Program, and Community & Economic Development (CED) Program—each of which has unique initiatives and plays a vital community role to ensure basic needs are met and fundamental rights affirmed.
The Paralegal will work closely with all program staff to ensure the successful and smooth operation in its legal and administrative functions, including creating templates and standardizing program materials; maintaining client communication and case support; drafting of legal issue memoranda, pleadings and papers; case related filing and documents, including with administrative investigations and complaints; records management for the program; case/data tracking; organizing CED materials; and assisting the Director and attorneys as requested.
Essential Job Responsibilities:
- Prepare files and/or binders for real estate and other transactional closings;
- Prepare, update and develop template program materials, contracts, and other documents;
- Create and prepare program collateral materials for outreach initiatives such as client education material, webinars, workshops; training sessions and other outreach activities;
- 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;
- Preform legal research and support attorneys as requested and/or needed;
- Ensure case are efficiently opened and closed;
- Regularly check attorney files and maintain organization and up-to-date case logs;
- Enter, manage and maintain data and updated case information in relevant data management systems for all purposes including to ensure accurate data and statistical tracking for reporting and other purposes;
- Communicate legal details to clients in a clear and precise manner;
- Provide research on legal issues to support client cases, and prepare relevant documents;
- Draft, edit/revise, and proofread legal and nonlegal documents;
- Distribute and keep track on designated databases of case assignments and referrals; and following up on client/case related matters with subcontracted legal service providers and attorneys as necessary;
- Participate in intake calls and schedule intake meetings accordingly;
- Coordinate translation needs for clients and or attorneys.
- Participate in meetings, webinars, clinics and events and take minutes as necessary; and
- Other duties as assigned.
Education & Experience:
- 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 or 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, Spanish 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.
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.