Legal Services Advocate (Paralegal)

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1025 Macdonald Avenue
Richmond, CA 94801
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Bay Area Legal Aid
Street address: 
1025 Macdonald Avenue
Job type: 
Legal - Civil
Position Description: 

BayLegal's Contra Costa Office provides civil legal services to low-income residents throughout Contra Costa County in a wide range of legal areas, including: Interpersonal Violence (IPV) prevention (family law, restraining orders, and immigration relief); Housing preservation (eviction defense and fair housing); Economic Security (access to public benefits and overcoming barriers to employment); Healthcare Access; and Consumer Protection. Our Contra Costa regional office seeks to be available to residents throughout the county, providing services at our Richmond office and multiple mobile sites throughout the county. Advocate support for our clinics and our attorneys will result in both an increase in the number of clients assisted and the provision of more robust services to the clients we represent.

Key Responsibilities:
• Under attorney supervision, assist with staffing Domestic Violence Restraining Order Clinics at least once a week, including: preparing legal pleadings, supervising and mentoring volunteers, and administrative oversight (managing and stocking materials, supplies and forms);
• Assist with overseeing referrals from community partners, including following up with individuals, conducting screening and intake, scheduling and follow-up with clients;
• Assist with direct client services and case management, including: drafting legal pleadings, requesting and managing evidence, and conducting client and witness interviews;
• Provide reception coverage, including answering telephone, greeting visitors, providing information and making appropriate referrals;
• Prepare outreach materials, including conducting outreaches to community based organizations in the area and communicating with partners regarding collaborative services and referrals;
• Assist with data tracking and grant reporting; and
• Assist with office oversight and assistance to attorneys, including: operate and maintain office equipment and machines; maintain and organize case and other files; and perform other job related duties as requested by Managing Attorney.


• Paralegal Certificate or an equivalent level of legal training;
• At least 2 years work experience as paralegal or legal assistant or similar work experience, including preparing legal forms and pleadings;
• Experience working with legal case management software, legal research tools such as Lexis and Westlaw, and the ability to use various computer programs, such as Word and Excel;
• Strong research, writing and communication skills;
• Driver's license and access to a car;
• Ability to multitask and provide legal assistance in a busy, fast-paced practice;
• Bilingual in another language preferred but not required;
• Excellent oral and written communication skills;
• Ability to understand and follow oral and written directions;
• Strong organizational and multi-tasking skills;
• Experience and ability to work with a diverse client population, including low-income clients and survivors of interpersonal violence; and
• Ability to work independently as well as part of a dynamic team.

To apply: 

Applications: Bay Area Legal Aid thrives on our diversity and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building a culturally diverse workplace and strongly encourage women, persons of color, LGBTQ individuals, veterans, persons with disabilities, and persons from other underrepresented groups to apply. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please send cover letter, racial diversity statement, resume, references, and writing sample to: Human Resources at [email protected]. Please reference Contra Costa County Advocate Spring 2018 in your application.

In a separate page from your cover letter, please address the following:

BayLegal’s clients are low- and very low-income members of our communities. They include the working poor, seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities. To ensure our organization is best serving these populations, BayLegal strives to promote an evolving set of behaviors and attitudes amongst our staff, as well as policies that enable us to work effectively in all cross-cultural situations, with clients, with our coworkers, and with the community. We see this as a commitment to enhance the provision of our services to all clients; to raise the level of positive client outcomes; and to create an inclusive and respectful workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued.

How do you think your personal background or experiences, professional or otherwise, have prepared you to contribute to our commitment to cultural humility and diversity amongst our staff? Feel free to think broadly about your response to this question, applying various aspects of your life and personal experiences.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Salary range: 
Compensation is based on a competitive public interest salary scale.
Submission deadline: 
Friday, March 30, 2018
Expiration date: 
Friday, March 30, 2018