ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

POSITION TITLE: Paralegal – Regular Full-time Employee (35 hours/week)

LOCATION:  Delaware: Statewide Responsibilities, but with a focus on New                                          Castle County.

REPORTS TO: MLP Attorney, MLP Supervising Attorney

SALARY: Depending on experience; excellent benefits.

POSITION: Paralegal to support Medical-Legal Partnership

DATE OF POSTING: March 3, 2017

Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. provides free legal representation to people with disabilities, people age 60 or over, people with low incomes, and victims of crime and discrimination to help our clients obtain shelter, income and other government benefits, educational services, medical services, orders of protection from abuse, legal immigration status and other civil legal remedies. Under the supervision of the Medical-Legal Partnership staff attorneys the paralegal will assist clients throughout the state of Delaware but with a focus on New Castle County. The applicant for this position must be able to interact effectively with and be sensitive to the special needs of CLASI clients, including individuals with physical and mental disabilities and their families, people with low incomes, people who speak Spanish, and members of legally protected classes.

DUTIES:

  1. Interview clients, determine eligibility for services, and conduct factual investigations and preliminary merit assessments throughout the state, but with a focus on New Castle County, and in multiple health care partner settings.
  2. Under supervision of attorney, represent clients in meetings and administrative hearings when appropriate.
  3. Perform legal research and writing.
  4. Draft correspondence and other documents under the supervision of an attorney.
  5. Provide social service assistance to clients as needed.
  6. Participate in statewide and local community groups and councils, including those that meet at night and/or on weekends, as necessary.
  7. Manage and organize applicant and client information using forms and computerized data system; assist with the collection, preparation and presentation of data and analysis.
  8. Submit timely timekeeping and other reports.
  9. Travel as directed to see clients and participate in work-related activities.
  10. Become and remain well-informed regarding basic legal principles applicable to area(s) of practice, attending training conferences as needed or requested by supervising attorney(s).
  11. Willingness and ability to perform some duties in health care settings, including but not limited to holding office hours to meet with clients on-site at our healthcare partners.
  12. Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Fluencies in other languages a plus, but not required.
  2. Ability to communicate effectively in English, orally and in writing, required.
  3. Paralegal certificate and/or paralegal experience preferred.
  4. College degree preferred.
  5. Sensitivity to the special problems of CLASI clients, including people with low incomes, people with disabilities, members of minority groups, people aged 60 and over, and those born in other countries.
  6. Ability and willingness to make effective public presentations.
  7. Ability to organize and maintain detailed information.
  8. Ability to travel across the state routinely and to work evenings and weekends occasionally as needed for out-of-office training sessions, agency-related meetings, and community education presentations.
  9. Ability to travel to and attend overnight conferences throughout the United States.
  10. Ability to apply modern technology to the performance of legal work and tasks.
  11. Ability to organize work and prioritize tasks to meet deadlines.
  12. Flexibility, including willingness to work in any of CLASI’s areas of practice as needed.

To apply, please email resume and cover letter to Laura Graham at lgraham@declasi.org

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

FULL-TIME STAFF ATTORNEY POSITION
SUSSEX/KENT COUNTY
POVERTY PROGRAM

POSITION: Full-time Staff Attorney
SALARY: Commensurate with experience and CLASI’s collective bargaining agreement.
REPORTS TO: Managing Attorney
LOCATION: Primarily Serving Kent and/or Sussex County
POSTING DATE: Sept. 12, 2016
CLOSING DATE: Until filled

CONTEXT OF POSITION: The staff attorney in the Poverty Program works primarily under the direction of the Managing Attorney. The attorney will be expected to engage in individual case litigation in courts and administrative agencies, legislative and regulatory advocacy, and impact litigation. Typical issues addressed by this attorney include Protection from Abuse and ancillary matters, housing, and public benefits. In addition, the attorney is expected to conduct community legal education workshops and to work effectively with other agencies and the courts.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Provide direct legal services to clients.
2. Supervise paralegal.
3. Prepare articles and conduct community legal education programs and self-advocacy training.
4. Travel independently throughout Kent and Sussex Counties and statewide as needed.
5. Participate in systemic advocacy.
6. Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:
1. Admission to the Delaware bar preferred. If not admitted, admission
to bar of another state preferred. If not admitted in Delaware, must
be eligible to take the next scheduled Delaware Bar Examination.
2. Legal Services experience preferred.
3. Interest in and knowledge of the legal issues affecting people who are poor preferred.
4. Must be willing to travel within State as responsibilities require.
5. Two-year commitment required.
6. Ability to communicate in Spanish helpful.
7. Good organizational skills and initiative, and interest in engaging a broad range of advocacy skills, including litigation.
8. Must exhibit patience, tact, and respect when dealing with the public, clients, and staff.
9. Must be flexible as needs of organization and funding changes.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: To apply, email cover letter and resume to:
Daniel Atkins
Executive Director
Community Legal Aid Society, Inc.
datkins@declasi.org

CLASI conducts testing for compliance with Fair Housing laws in New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties. Trained testers pose as home seekers and visit housing providers to collect information to assist with regional monitoring and investigations. Testers are paid a small stipend $50 – $65) for their efforts and are reimbursed for mileage, tolls and postage. Testers document their experiences objectively, so attention to detail and excellent writing skills are required. CLASI relies on fax and/or e-mail to notify testers, set up scenarios and submit tests. Qualified applicants will have access to a reliable form of transportation. Accepted applicants must attend a 2 – 3 hour training session and complete a paid practice test.

Contact person:  CLASI Fair Housing Test Coordinator, Linda Jackson at  ljackson@declasi.org, or (302) 575-0660, ext. 259, or toll free: 1-800-292-7980

Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. “CLASI” will sponsor candidates for post graduate public interest attorney fellowships provided by the Skadden Foundation, Equal Justice Works, or other identified foundations.  A fellowship at CLASI provides recent law school graduates interested in a public interest law career the opportunity to work at a non-LSC funded legal services and Protection and Advocacy program.  Since its establishment in 1946, CLASI has remained the largest non-profit public interest law firm in Delaware.  More information about CLASI can be found at www.declasi.org.

CLASI will accept fellowship applications through July 5 each year. Interested candidates may wish to consult with us in advance regarding suggestions for viable proposals. We encourage interested candidates with diverse cultural backgrounds and/or oral proficiency in languages other than English to contact us.Interested candidates should submit the following electronically:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter addressing their interest and experience in public interest and poverty/disability/elder law and describing any ideas for a fellowship proposal.
  • Although we ask that you describe any ideas you have regarding a fellowship proposal please note that it is not necessary to have a proposal at this stage of the application process.
  • One or Two Brief Legal Writing Samples
  • Law School Transcript
  • List of Three References
  • A list of any other organizations with whom you are pursuing fellowship opportunities.

These materials should be sent via email to the attention of Daniel Atkins at datkins@declasi.org.  Candidates may address any questions about the application process to Daniel Atkins:  (302) 575-0660, ext. 229 or datkins@declasi.org.

Please note that CLASI may sponsor more than one individual for each Fellowship opportunity and that Fellowship awards are not guarantees of employment with CLASI once the fellowship expires.

CLASI welcomes applications from attorneys interested in volunteering in one of our three offices for work in our poverty law, elder law and disabilities law programs.

Law Clerk Positions
CLASI welcomes applications from law students interested in volunteering in one of our three offices during the summer or school year. Law clerks may receive credit or work study funding from their law schools or may be eligible for a grant from a public interest organization.

Paralegal Positions
CLASI welcomes applications from individuals interested in volunteering in any of our three offices to help with tasks such as client interviews, document preparation, discovery and community education.

Clerical Positions
CLASI welcomes applications from individuals interested in volunteering in any of our three offices to help with tasks such as typing, filing, answering telephones, document scanning and preparation, and special event planning.

Administrative Positions
CLASI welcomes applications from individuals interested in volunteering in any of our three offices to help with tasks such as bookkeeping, public relations, and special event planning.

Send resume and cover letter to:
Daniel Atkins, Esq.
CLASI
100 W. 10th Street, Suite 801
Wilmington, DE 19801or
E-mail resume and letter to:
datkins@declasi.org

CLASI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.