De Novo is a community-based agency that provides free legal services and affordable mental health counseling for low-income people throughout the Greater Boston/Cambridge area. De Novo strives to create a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and safe work environment that welcomes, encourages, and values everyone’s contributions and fosters an exchange of ideas and mutual learning.
General Responsibilities: The Paralegal is responsible for screening and interviewing prospective clients and assessing client eligibility for legal services and De Novo’s monthly Family Law Clinics. She/he/they provide support to the Family Law Unit and, if fluent or proficient in second language, may be called upon to provide language interpretation/translation for clients with limited English proficiency.
- Screen and interview prospective clients, assess client eligibility under existing program income and geographic guidelines and program/unit priorities.
- Make referrals to other agencies, as appropriate.
- Record client information using computerized record-keeping systems consistent with program needs and policies.
- Become knowledgeable with substantive areas of practice.
- Triage cases and identify imminent or urgent deadlines.
- Assist with tracking deadlines and court events, and monitor court dockets.
- Under the oversight of an attorney, provide simple legal information and/or self-help packets.
- Under the supervision of an attorney, provide legal advice and assist clients in completing legal pleadings, court forms, and other litigation-related paperwork.
- Under the oversight of an attorney, draft correspondence to clients, the court, and opposing party.
- Attend and participate in scheduled meetings where client eligibility, advice, information and referrals are reviewed.
- Participate in trainings and engage in community education and outreach, including targeted outreach to identified households facing eviction.
- Provide administrative support to lawyers to prepare cases for court events.
- Perform such other duties as assigned consistent with the provision of quality client services.
BACKGROUND AND QUALIFICATIONS
- Associates degree, paralegal certificate or equivalent experience.
- Experience working with a broad range of people from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, and people with low incomes.
- Strong writing and oral skills.
- Strong computer skills.
- Ability to handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment.
- Capacity to identify and analyze legal and other problems.
- Experience in family law, legal services, social services, or case management preferred.
- Comfort working with a broad range of stakeholders, including professionals, community groups, and individuals.
- Demonstrated concern for and commitment to the goals of legal services and to working for low-income people.
- Experience working with interpreters and/or fluency in language(s) in addition to English preferred.
- Multicultural/bilingual candidates strongly encouraged to apply.
HOURS, SALARY, AND BENEFITS: HOURS, SALARY, AND BENEFITS: The position is 35 hours/week. Salary range is $42,000 – $52,000 dependent on experience. Excellent fringe benefit package, including 100% employer paid health insurance for employee and families, life, short-term disability, and long-term disability insurance, vacation, personal, and sick time, 403(b) plan, Flexible Spending Plan, training and professional development opportunities.
To Apply: Applicants should submit 1) a cover letter addressing experience and interests relevant to the position, and 2) a resume to John Froio, Deputy Director, De Novo, email address: email@example.com. No phone calls please. Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as applications will be considered on a rolling basis. For more information about De Novo refer to our website: www.denovo.org
De Novo is a Fair Employment Practices/Equal Employment Opportunity/disability accessible employer committed to maintaining a diverse workplace. Qualified candidates from diverse personal, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.