Overview: For more than 50 years, Nassau Suffolk Law Services (NSLS) has been providing
free, high-quality legal counsel in civil matters when basic human needs are at stake, including eviction and foreclosure prevention, income maintenance, disability, elder law, healthcare, education, consumer fraud and more. As the only provider of comprehensive civil legal services on Long Island, our services support thousands of poor and low-income families and individuals who cannot afford an attorney. 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. NSLS has a staff of over one hundred employees situated in three offices across Long Island.
JOB DESCRIPTION: NSLS has an immediate opening in our Hempstead office for a full-time paralegal in the Volunteer Lawyer’s Project (VLP) and the VLP-Attorney of the Day Program, with an emphasis on screening potential clients of our Transgender Name Change Project. The VLP, working with the Nassau County Bar Association, coordinates a pro bono panel of volunteer lawyers to provide legal services for eligible clients of the program. Through the VLP-Attorney of the Day Program the paralegal will assist with client callbacks and entering client information into NSLS’s case management system.
DUTIES: The paralegal shall assist the Volunteer Lawyer’s Project with a variety of duties. These include providing referral information and guidance to those seeking legal assistance from the program, screening potential clients for eligibility for a pro bono attorney, exchanging client information and materials with pro bono attorneys, monitoring and supporting the work of in-office volunteers, preparing and updating physical and electronic client files, inputting and maintaining records in internal and external case management systems, and any related tasks as requested.
START DATE: Immediate.
SALARY: $39,158.00 DOE, union scale, with excellent benefits.
REQUIREMENTS: Paralegal training, college degree or appropriate prior experience; excellent communication and writing skills; strong attention to detail and organizational ability to prioritize and multi-task; demonstrated commitment to the goals and clients of the legal services program and the ability to work with the staff attorneys assigned to the unit; proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook; bilingual proficiency in Spanish and English preferred but not mandatory.
Persons interested should submit a cover letter with their resume to:
1757 Veterans Highway, Ste. 50
Islandia, NY 11749
NASSAU/SUFFOLK LAW SERVICES COMMITTEE, INC. IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER. PERSONS OF COLOR AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES, WOMEN AND LGBTQ ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.