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Posted by: Christine McClean - 3/9/2020
Job Expires: 12/31/2020
Paralegal - Outreach - Bilingual (Spanish-English) Farmworker Law Project - New Paltz

Paralegal - Bilingual (Spanish - English) Full Time

Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York, Inc. - New Paltz Office

Farmworker Law Project (FLP)


The Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York (LASMNY), Inc. is committed to a diverse, well balanced and inclusive workforce.  We strongly encourage applicants from all backgrounds and walks of life to apply for our positions.  Women, people of color, LGBTQ people, veterans and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 


Position - The Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York, Inc. (LASMNY) is actively seeking a Paralegal - Bilingual

(Spanish - English) for its Farmworker Law Project (FLP) located in New Paltz, New York.  The New Paltz office represents migrant and seasonal farm, nursery and food processing workers across New York State.


Location - The office is located in the college town of New Paltz in the Hudson Valley near the Catskill Mountains, an area known for hiking, biking, rock climbing and boating, as well as thriving arts, restaurants and other recreational opportunities.  Public transportation is available to New York City, which is less than 90 miles away.


Description of Program - FLP is a statewide project of LASMNY representing migrant and seasonal workers across New York, which ranks 10th nationwide for number of farmworkers and 10th for number of H-2A workers.  FLP's legal practice focuses on employment, wages and working conditions, housing conditions and evictions, civil rights, discrimination and other status issues, and limited immigration practice.  FLP collaborates with legal and service providers on issues of taxes and access to New York's ACA Health Insurance Programs that are available to farmworkers.


FLP and LASMNY are funded by the Legal Services Corporation.  LASMNY provides comprehensive civil legal services to low income residents of the following counties: Broome, Chenango, Cayuga, Cortland, Delaware, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego and Otsego. FLP operates statewide from the New Paltz office.


Essential Job Functions - Ability to handle assigned files and assist with delivering quality legal services.  Effectively and efficiently communicate with clients and applicants for service over the phone or in person.  Open and maintain cases in our case management system by entering case notes documenting client contacts.  Work collaboratively with other groups serving farmworkers.  Conduct administrative tasks.  Ability to work independently.  Perform other reasonable, related duties as assigned by the supervisor.


Job Qualifications - Associate's degree from an accredited paralegal program or relevant experience.  Law school graduates may be considered.  Knowledge of legal terminology a plus.  Fluency in oral English and Spanish required.

Proficiency in written English required and Spanish preferred.  Knowledge and experience with legal correspondence and court filing procedures a plus.  Familiarity with legal profession and civil legal services for low income individuals, households and communities.  Proven ability to learn quickly and relate well to people who are low-income or of diverse nationalities and cultures.  Proficient with Microsoft Office and database management.  Excellent analytical and organizational skills.  Ability to travel overnight and make evening and nighttime visits to migrant labor camps required.

Demonstrated past commitment to advocacy work is preferred.  Valid NYS Driver's License.

Salary depends on experience.  LASMNY offers a generous benefit package - medical, vision, dental, life, supplemental life, voluntary, flexible spending, 403(b), SEP/IRA, mileage reimbursement, training, registration fees, NYS Bar dues, PTO, Parental Leave, Bereavement Leave, Jury Duty, Bar Exam Leave, EAP, Loan Repayment and (13) Holidays.

For consideration, applicants will provide a cover letter, resume and contact information for professional references at

LASMNY is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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