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 Legal Assistant is responsible for screening callers for De Novo’s monthly Immigration Screening Clinics and legal services eligibility. She/he provides administrative support to the Immigration Unit and may be called upon to provide Spanish/English interpretation/translation.
Screen and interview prospective clients, and assess client eligibility.
Make referrals to other agencies, as appropriate.
Record client information using computerized case management database.
Become knowledgeable with Immigration Law.
Triage cases and identify imminent or urgent deadlines.
Assist with tracking deadlines and court events, and monitor court dockets.
Under the supervision of an attorney, provide legal advice and assist clients in completing Immigration forms, applications, and other litigation-related paperwork.
Under the oversight of an attorney, draft correspondence to clients and the court.
Provide administrative support to lawyers to prepare cases.
Perform such other duties as assigned consistent with the provision of client services.
Work with the Immigration Unit in setting up appointments for legal consultation and in-depth intake interviews.
Perform basic administrative duties including copying, scanning, organizing files, entering data and preparing mailings
Assist the Immigration Unit in collection and preparation of documents for asylum, VAWA, U-visa, and SIJ cases.
Provide Spanish/English interpretation for attorneys, including interpreting for client interviews, monitoring interpretation at court proceedings, communicating with clients about developments in their cases, and translation of documents.
Coordinate with De Novo’s Counseling Program to refer legal clients for assessment and/or counseling when appropriate.
Participate in monthly staff meetings and legal program meetings and other organizational/legal program activities as requested.
Minimum associate degree with 2 years of relevant experience.
Experience working with a broad range of people from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds and people with low incomes.
Excellent 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.
Bilingual English/Spanish required.
To apply: Email a cover letter and resume to John Froio, Deputy Director, De Novo, Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as applications will be considered on a rolling basis.
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.