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Jobs: Paralegal (Youth in Out-of-Home Care/Fair Courts Project)

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National Headquarters, New York

Department: Legal

Reports To: Attorneys

Union Position: Yes

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt/Full-Time

Location: Headquarters, New York, NY (Due to COVID-19 we are currently working remotely)

Summary

The Paralegal assists attorneys with legal and other research and drafting, preparing and filing of documents in state and federal court, administrative agencies, and legislative bodies, and working with clients and within coalitions to advance Lambda Legal’s cutting-edge impact litigation, policy advocacy, and educational work.

The paralegal will work primarily at the intersection of LGBTQ people and people living with HIV with government agencies and court systems, with a special emphasis on youth in child welfare and juvenile justice systems, youth experiencing homelessness, and issues facing transgender and nonbinary youth and adults. 

Who We Are

Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work. Since 1973, Lambda Legal has used impact litigation and other advocacy tools to decriminalize same-sex relationships; challenge discrimination against LGBT people and people living with HIV in the workplace, the home, in schools, in health care, and in the military; and protect LGBT families, including by winning and defending marriage equality. Clients are not charged for legal representation or advocacy and Lambda Legal receives no government funding. Headquartered in New York City, Lambda Legal has regional offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, and Washington, D.C.

We believe that serving the full breadth of the LGBT and HIV communities requires cultural competency and enthusiasm for diversity of all kinds. To be successful, we must approach our work with an understanding that discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity is not the only obstacle to achieving full formal and lived equality for LGBT people and everyone living with HIV– rather, we recognize the intersectional nature of discrimination, specifically including biases based on race, religion, national origin, education, and class. In light of this reality, we prioritize awareness and proactive commitment to counteracting these biases and their compounding effects.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Providing legal and administrative support to attorneys including (but not limited to) the production of legal briefs and cite-checking;
  • Preparing other legal filings;
  • Performing legal and non-legal research;
  • Helping to ensure compliance with all applicable court rules, and to maintain case files and other organizational systems;
  • Drafting correspondence;
  • Contacting court personnel, other attorneys and advocates, and others as necessary;
  • Assisting in maintaining client relationships;
  • Providing general administrative support to members of the Legal Department; 
  • Supporting the administration of work groups and coalitions at the state and national level;
  • Supporting the administration of judicial and other training programs;
  • Preparing presentations and other educational materials.

Qualifications

Skills & Competencies:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Motivated, detail-oriented, well-organized, self-starting, dependable, able to work well under pressure, a team player, computer-literate;
  • Prior legal support work is highly desired, and a willingness to develop the specialized knowledge about the legal system and legal documents necessary to perform duties in a law office setting is essential.
  • Experience developing materials and delivering training and presentations.
  • Prior experience working with systems serving youth and/or state court systems or lived experience in out-of-home care systems is preferred, but not required.
  • Knowledge of issues facing transgender and nonbinary people and/or prior experience working with transgender and nonbinary people is preferred, but not required.
  • Any successful candidate will welcome the opportunity to work in a racially- and gender-diverse environment

Software:

  • Microsoft Office Suite (specifically Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Adobe Acrobat
  • LexisNexis or Westlaw
  • Electronic court filing systems (including the federal judiciary’s Case Management/Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF) system)

Travel

This position may require some minimal regional travel.

Salary

Salary is based on the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The starting salary for the position will be $54,000. Competitive benefits package is provided, including medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance, employer contributions to retirement account, and substantial vacation.

Application

The position is open until filled.

Send resume and cover letter by e-mail only to careers@lambdalegal.org, attention Mildred Perez with the subject line of “Paralegal - Youth in Out-of-Home Care/Fair Courts Project (NY)”.

No calls please. Due to the high volume of applications, Lambda Legal cannot return phone calls about the position and does not notify applicants of status except when an interview is granted.

Lambda Legal is committed to further building and maintaining a staff that reflects the full range of LGBT, HIV-affected and allied communities, and is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, transgender and gender-diverse people, women, people with abilities in multiple languages, immigrants, people living with disabilities, and individuals living with HIV are encouraged to apply.