Legal Assistant/Paralegal

Public Benefits · Washington, District of Columbia
Department Public Benefits
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Entry-level
Compensation Starting at $42,000

The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia seeks to hire an energetic, detail-oriented individual for the position of Legal Assistant/Paralegal to provide administrative and paralegal support to multiple attorneys in the Public Benefits Unit. Legal Aid was formed in 1932 to “provide legal aid and counsel to indigent persons in civil law matters and to encourage measures by which the law may better protect and serve their needs.” Legal Aid is the oldest general civil legal services program in the District of Columbia. The largest part of our work is comprised of individual representation in housing, domestic violence/family, public benefits, and consumer law. We also work on immigration law matters and help individuals with the collateral consequences of their involvement with the criminal justice system. From the experiences of our clients, we identify opportunities for law reform, public policy advocacy, and systemic reform litigation. For more information about Legal Aid please visit our website, www.legalaiddc.org, and our blog, www.MakingJusticeReal.Org.

 Tasks and Duties

 The Legal Assistant/Paralegal is an integral part of Legal Aid’s Public Benefits Unit.  This Unit helps families and individuals who have been denied, terminated from, or had reduced essential safety net benefits. The Legal Assistant/Paralegal’s responsibilities include performing basic clerical support, meeting with clients, conducting initial applicant interviews and follow-ups, and working collaboratively and effectively with co-workers to ensure coverage of administrative and paralegal needs throughout Legal Aid’s offices. A successful candidate will want to work in a fast-paced, collaborative environment that often requires multi-tasking while at the same time maintaining a high level of attention to detail.  (Note: As a result of the public health emergency, Legal Aid is currently operating remotely and, dependent on current circumstances, the individual hired for this position may start their employment working remotely.)

 

Qualifications

 
An ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

 

  • A demonstrated commitment to social, economic, and racial justice;
  • Excellent organizational skills, with attention to detail;
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize assignments;
  • Effective oral and written communication skills, including with people with disabilities;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and desire to take initiative in managing projects;
  • Ability to work both independently and in collaboration with others;
  • Strong computer skills including MS Word, Excel, Outlook, and Google applications (familiarity working with online databases helpful but not required);
  • Fluency or proficiency in Spanish or Amharic strongly preferred; and
  • Availability to make a two-year commitment (minimum) strongly preferred.

 

Salary and Benefits

 

Salary starting at $42,000.  Generous benefits package.

To Apply

 

Legal Aid values an inclusive, diverse workplace and does not unlawfully discriminate on any

basis prohibited by law. Legal Aid encourages applications from all interested persons of any race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, personal appearance, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, or any other legally protected status.

 

Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. Positions remain open until filled. 

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  • Location
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Department
    Public Benefits
  • Employment Type
    Full-Time
  • Minimum Experience
    Entry-level
  • Compensation
    Starting at $42,000