ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

LOCATION:                         Kent County Office

REPORTS TO:                   Office Manager

SALARY:                             Commensurate with Experience.  Excellent Employee Benefits.

POSTING/DEADLINE:      Apply by 8/4/2017

TO APPLY CONTACT:    email resume and cover letter to Donna Darling, Office Manager Kent County office, ddarling@declasi.org

CONTEXT OF POSITION:

The Clerk Typist portion of this position entails typing for attorneys, paralegals and administrative staff which are assigned by the Office Manager as well as performing other clerical functions related to the legal work.  The Receptionist portion entails being the primary person responsible for fielding calls from the public.  The errands shall be delegated by the Office Manager.  The Clerk Typist / Receptionist / Errand Person will be supervised by the Office Manager.  The interpreting/translating will be to support advocates working with Spanish speaking clients.

RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Receptionist handling phones;
  • Perform general clerical duties such as typing, faxing, copying, scanning, errands, etc. as assigned by the Office Manager;
  • Support advocates in any office with their communication needs in serving Spanish speaking clients;
  • Any other duties as deemed necessary by the office manager.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Computer proficiency and clerical experience preferred;
  • Spanish fluency required;
  • General knowledge of office machines and equipment preferred;
  • Reliability, punctuality and good work habits required;
  • Ability to work closely and cooperate with other members of the clerical team required.

 

  1. Responsibilities of Clerk Typist / Receptionist / Errand Person:
    A) Clerk Typist’s duties assigned by the Office Manager::

    1. Type letters, documents, forms, etc.;
    2. Open and/or close files;
    3. Prepare Monthly Time Reports and Time and Attendance Sheets;
    4. Faxing, Copying and/or Scan documents;
    5. Filing / organize files; and
    6. Translator for meetings between staff and clients and translate documents in any office, in person or via videoconference/phone.
  2. B) Receptionist’s duties:
    1. Answer incoming calls;
    2. Retrieve messages from voice mail and return the calls;
    3. Greet walk-ins;
    4. Obtain information from clients and enter the appropriate information in the case management system (“Legal Server”) and email them to the appropriate staff;
    5. Check fax folder for incoming faxes and forward them to the appropriate staff;
    6. Date stamp and sort incoming mail and give it to the appropriate secretary and/or distribute them to staff; and
    7. Copy clients’ documents and give them to the appropriate staff.  However, if there is a lot of copying, let the appropriate secretary know and she will do the copying.
  3. C) Errand Person’s duties:
    1. File court documents;
    2. Deliver errands;
    3. Pick up incoming mail, date stamp and distribute the mail to the appropriate staff; and
    4. Stamp outgoing mail and take it to a mailbox and/or post office.
  4. D) Miscellaneous:
    1.  Any other reasonable related business duties as assigned by the Office Manager, as required.

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

POSITION TITLE:         DLP Paralegal – Regular Full Time Employee (35 hours/week)

LOCATION:                    Georgetown, Delaware

REPORTS TO:                DLP Supervising Attorney; Project Director

SALARY:                         Depending on experience; excellent benefits.

POSTING DATE:            August 14, 2017

 

The Disabilities Law Program (DLP) provides free legal representation to children and adults with physical and mental disabilities to protect them from abuse and neglect and to advocate for their legal rights in the community (e.g. civil rights, educational services, medical services, housing, government benefits, treatment in the least restrictive environment).  Under the supervision of program attorneys the paralegal will assist clients with disabilities throughout Sussex County, Delaware.  The applicant for this position must be able to interact effectively with and be sensitive to the special needs of individuals with physical and mental disabilities and their families.

The paralegal’s duties will include client intake and screening, investigation of facts, legal research, drafting of reports and letters and other work as directed.  In addition to providing legal support for attorneys, the paralegal may under the supervision of an attorney represent clients in meetings and administrative proceedings.  The paralegal is required to see clients in institutions, nursing homes, group homes, correctional facilities, client homes and at other community sites. This paralegal will also work with community and provider groups, and will provide community education and training to groups about issues affecting people with disabilities.

DUTIES:

  1. Interview clients, determine eligibility for services, and conduct factual investigations and preliminary merit assessments.
  2. Under supervision of attorney, represent clients in meetings and administrative hearings when appropriate.
  3. Perform legal research and writing.
  4. Conduct community education presentations and trainings.
  5. Draft correspondence and other documents under the supervision of an attorney.
  6. Provide social service assistance to clients as needed.
  7. Participate in statewide and local community groups and councils, including those that meet at night and/or on weekends, as necessary.
  8. Manage and organize applicant and client information using forms and computerized data system.
  9. Submit timely timekeeping and other reports.
  10. Travel as directed to see clients and participate in work-related activities.
  11. 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). Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. College degree ( B.A./B.S.)  strongly preferred.
  2. Paralegal certificate and/or paralegal experience helpful.
  3. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing required.
  4. 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.
  5. Ability and willingness to make effective public presentations.
  6. Ability to organize and maintain detailed information.
  7. Spanish language fluency, both written and oral, preferred.
  8. American Sign Language capability preferred.
  9. Ability to travel independently and work evenings and weekends as needed for out-of-office training sessions, agency-related meetings, and community education presentations.
  10. Ability to travel to and attend overnight conferences throughout the United States.
  11. Ability to apply modern technology to the performance of legal work and tasks.
  12. Ability to organize work and prioritize tasks to meet deadlines.
  13. Flexibility, including willingness to work in any of CLASI’s areas of practice as needed.

APPLICATION: Provide letter of interest and resume to Laura Waterland, at lwaterland@declasi.org

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

JOB DESCRIPTION

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-Immigration Program Managing Attorney

SALARY: Depending on experience; excellent benefits.

POSITION: Paralegal to support Immigration Work (Victims of Crime Act-Assistance Program)

DATE OF POSTING: July 31, 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 Immigration Program Managing Attorney, 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 law enforcement or criminal justice system 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 non-traditional settings, including but not limited to holding office hours to meet with clients on-site at shelters, law enforcement agencies, in the criminal justice system, or in other victim-serving settings.
  12. Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Ability to communicate effectively in Spanish, orally and in writing, 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

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.