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Posted by: Human Resources - 7/11/2019
Job Expires: 9/30/2019
Paralegal Pro Bono Unit, White Plains, NY - Legal Services of the Hudson Valley

Overview:
For more than 50 years, Legal Services of the Hudson Valley (LSHV) has been providing free, high-quality legal counsel in civil matters when basic human needs are at stake including: eviction and foreclosure prevention, domestic violence, disability, elder law, healthcare, consumer fraud and more.  Our services support almost 600,000 poor and low-income families and individuals who cannot afford an attorney in our seven-county service area.  With the gap separating those who can and cannot afford legal representation widening each day, we work to ensure that everyone has equal access to justice, regardless of their ability to pay.  As the only provider of comprehensive civil legal services in the lower and mid-Hudson Valley (Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Rockland, Orange, Ulster and Sullivan), LSHV is proud to have handled almost 15,000 cases impacting more than 34,000 household members including 13,000 children last year. LSHV has ten offices, a staff of 150, including 90 attorneys and 30 paralegals.

Job Description:
Legal Services of the Hudson Valley (LSHV) has an opening in our White Plains office for a full time, paralegal in its Pro Bono Unit. Reporting to the Pro Bono Director, the position will primarily screen and conduct initial interviews of applicants seeking representation through the Assigned Counsel program of the 9th Judicial District, and coordinate the Agency's volunteer and CLE Programs.

 Duties of the Position: The duties include screening, intake, provision of technical, legal, investigative and research support. Provision of legal advice under the supervision of an attorney may be required, as well as general administrative support for all unit activities. The person hired will also be expected to adhere to program and case handling standards, funder requirements, and the highest professional standards. The position requires occasional travel to locations within LSHV's seven-county service area.

Qualifications

  •      Minimum -  Associate degree
  •         Excellent written and oral communication, organizational and problem-solving skills and attention to detail
  •         Ability to communicate effectively with clients, staff and volunteers
  •         Comfort in interacting with private attorneys, public service attorneys and court personnel
  •         Capacity to establish priorities, work independently as well as collaboratively and achieve results
  •         Capability of performing multiple tasks simultaneously in a fast-paced environment
  •         Mastery in data entry, database maintenance
  •         Competency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.)
  •         Proficiency with technology

Preferred

  •          Two or more years of paralegal experience
  •          Certification in paralegal studies
  •         Spanish fluency/knowledge

 Salary: Competitive union scale with excellent benefits

 Please apply at our career center through the following link, and include a cover letter and a writing sample: 

Paralegal Pro Bono Unit, White Plains, NY - Legal Services of the Hudson Valley 

Legal Services of the Hudson Valley is proud to be an equal opportunity employer that celebrates our employees' differences. Applicants of diverse race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability and veteran status, are strongly encouraged to apply. Our differences make us better.

 
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