Volunteer Lawyers Project

Paralegal – Volunteer Lawyers Project

To apply, please submit resume and cover letter here by April 19, 2019.

POSITION: Paralegal
DAYS/HOURS: Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm
REPORTS TO: Staff Attorney
UNIT: Multiple
LOCATION: 7 Winthrop Sq., Floor 2, Boston, MA 02110 & 197 Friend St., 9th Floor, Boston, MA 02114

SUMMARY OF POSITION:
Paralegal for various units and projects (Wills, Unemployment, Telephone Advice Panel, and DotHouse Clinic) will manage all aspects of the legal and administrative functions of the assigned units and projects and other duties as necessary to carry out the mission of the organization.

VLP’s mission is to provide high quality, pro bono legal services in a broad range of civil matters to eligible residents of the greater Boston area, including “Metro-West”; to engage and support the efforts of the private bar in providing pro bono legal services in civil matters; and to engage in constructive collaboration with other legal services organizations.

Bilingual fluency is preferred. Fluency in English and Haitian Creole or Vietnamese (oral and written desired).

QUALIFICATIONS
EDUCATION/TRAINING:
REQUIRED:
• Completion of bachelor’s degree and/or Paralegal Certification program

PHYSICAL ABILITIES/SKILLS:
REQUIRED:
• Heavy use of computer programs and applications
• Ability to stand for long periods of time
• Ability to communicate in person, by telephone and by computer
• Ability to travel to various locations by public transportation

MENTAL ABILITIES/SKILLS:
REQUIRED:
• Fluency in English
• Strong communication skills, both oral and written, in English
• Careful attention to detail
• Reliable and organized
• Customer service-oriented
• Ability to manage multiple tasks, prioritize and meet deadlines
• Compassionate and ability to work with low-income populations and be sensitive to their legal needs and socioeconomic status
• Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office
• Ability to be flexible with a sense of initiative
• Ability to navigate through the Internet, research, and locate information
• Ability to gather and present information
PREFERRED:
• Fluency in Haitian Creole or Vietnamese
• Strong communication skills, both oral and written, in a second language

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
• Develop a deep understanding of the substantive areas of law in the units
• Develop a basic understanding of the substantive areas of law in the organization
• Handle day-to-day administrative functions of the unit including: managing incoming referrals, data entry, client follow up, drafting documents, managing unit caseload
• Gather client and/or case information for new intakes, incoming referrals or ongoing cases.
• Schedule clients for Telephone Advice Panels and the DotHouse clinic
• Open new cases in database, scan all legal documents and eligibility forms
• Maintain client database with attorney/client case updates and/or other case information or updates
• Follow up with clients on cases after intake/clinic for possible referral and/or to obtain additional information
• Draft correspondence to clients
• Draft case referral memos and prepare for referral to pro bono attorneys, other agencies or clinical programs
• Prepare cases for supervisor review and closing
• Interpret and translate documents for clients and attorneys as needed, if fluency allows
• Supervise and train interns on various unit procedures and responsibilities
• Attend weekly legal clinics
• Provide back-up for intake and screening at legal clinics
• Conduct legal intake at the call center 2-3 days per week
• Attend weekly staff meetings (staff, supervisory, unit, committees, etc.)
• Transcribe information discussed at unit meeting
• Attend trainings as needed for professional development
• Participate in other assigned projects, as needed, to continue the VLP mission

Volunteer Lawyers Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer