POSITION: Paralegal – Domestic Violence Prevention Program (Bilingual Spanish Required)
SUPERVISOR: Family Law Supervising Attorney
WAGE RANGE: $20.59 – $31.13 (Depending on Experience)
JOB CLASSIFICATION: Temporary Full-Time, Hourly (Until June 30, 2021)
LOCATION: Norwalk or Compton (physical offices are currently closed due to Covid-19, but are expected to reopen)
Community Legal Aid SoCal (CLA SoCal) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was founded in 1958 for the purpose of providing civil legal services to low income individuals and seniors. CLA SoCal has a staff of more than 100 employees and two offices in Orange County and two offices in Southeast Los Angeles County. CLA SoCal seeks an enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and compassionate individual who will thrive in a dynamic and fast-paced public interest law firm. CLA SoCal strongly prefers that the applicant have experience working with non-profits and/or law firms.
The Domestic Violence Prevention Program (DVPP) Paralegal will work as a member of the family law unit to assist low-income clients in cases of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other victims of violence and will work closely with a staff attorney attached to the Family Law Unit. Under the supervision of the Staff Attorney, the Paralegal with assist with legal representation, consultation, advocacy, information, education, referrals, and advice and counsel on restraining order issues. The ideal candidate will have the ability to interact with a wide range of clients utilizing client-centered lawyering and trauma-informed frameworks while modeling CLA SoCal’s values (compassion, collaboration, trust, accountability and excellence) with a commitment to CLA SoCal’s mission.
- Draft court forms created by the judicial council as directed by the Domestic Violence Prevention Act under the California Family Code.
- Write, edit, and finalize declarations, memoranda, and other legal documents in support of an application for a Domestic Violence Restraining Order.
- Work closely with DVPP staff attorneys to provide in depth, and often, emergency legal assistance to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other trauma.
- Assist attorney with intake and initial client appointments, including interviewing clients.
- Preparing legal forms, pleading and other writings in connection with all aspects of the application process for seeking a restraining order from the court.
- Assist attorneys with case investigation, witness interviews, factual and legal research.
- Prepare and maintain client files, electronic and/or physical.
- Observe confidentiality of attorney-client relationship.
- As needed, maintain calendar and deadline reminder systems.
- Perform other duties required to meet the needs of the organization.
- Paralegal certificate, paralegal degree or
- Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of one year of law-related experience under the supervision of an attorney who has been an active member of the State Bar of California for at least the preceding three years or who has practiced in the federal courts of this state for at least the preceding three years, and a written declaration from this attorney stating that the person is qualified to perform paralegal tasks.
- Strong technical skills; including proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams).
- Excellent writing, analytical, communication, and listening skills.
- Ability to work well under pressure an several activities at once.
- Self-motivated, ability to learn quickly, initiative to problem-solve.
- Great organizational skills with keen attention to detail.
- Ability to work in a fast-paced, results-oriented environment.
- Experience with form preparation from start to completion in the following: requests for domestic violence restraining orders, requests for orders, ex parte requests, responses, declarations, trial briefs, motions and other related pleadings – Preferred.
- Knowledge of legal software programs used to prepare California Judicial Council Forms – Preferred.
- Ability to work with Family Law/DV Case Managers.
- Completion of California 40-Hour Domestic Violence Training – Preferred.
- Bilingual proficiency English/Spanish – Required.
Our staff members work a 35-hour week. We offer an outstanding benefit package which includes: medical/dental, 401k with employer contribution; life insurance with an optional employee buy-in; and short-term and long-term disability. Our employees have access to paid holidays, vacation, personal time, and sick time on their first day. Upon successfully completing the six-month probation period, compensation increases may be available within the first initial year of employment. Employee Assistance Program available. Employees who are able to prove bilingual proficiency are eligible for a monetary bonus.
TO APPLY, send resume and cover letter to Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit www.communitylegalsocal.org for more information about CLA SoCal.
Community Legal Aid SoCal is an equal opportunity employer.