FAMILY LAW & PUBLIC BENEFITS PARALEGAL

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Job location
122 E. Colonial Drive
Suite 200
Orlando, FL 32801
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida
Street address: 
128 Orange Avenue
City: 
Daytona Beach
State: 
Florida
ZIP: 
32114
Job type: 
Legal - Civil
Position Description: 

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida is seeking a Paralegal for its non-profit legal services law firm located in Orlando, FL. This is a full time position which requires background screening under the Department of Elder Affairs Title III program.
The paralegal will perform legal work for victims of domestic violence as specifically delegated by an attorney, and will review domestic violence victims’ cases for legal issues and make referrals to program attorneys.
Additionally, the SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery (SOAR) program in Florida is an initiative designed to increase access to SSI/SSDI for eligible adults who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness, and have mental illnesses, medical impairments, and/or co-occurring substance use disorders. The paralegal will perform approximately 50% of their time conducting outreach and assisting eligible clients through this process.
Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida offers an excellent benefits package: competitive salary (mid 30’s), free health, dental, disability and life insurance, generous paid time off program, and more.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Serve as appointed representative for the purpose of applying for SSI/SSDI. Representation includes “standing in” for the applicant, responding to questions, receiving copies of all mail sent to the applicant, and communicating back and forth with SSA and DDS.
• Complete all required SSA forms for SSI and SSDI; submit online whenever possible.
• Collect medical records from providers who have treated the applicant.
• Write a comprehensive SOAR Medical Summary Report that includes psychosocial, treatment, and functional information that is co-signed, if at all possible, by a physician or psychologist who has seen the individual.
• Conduct ongoing outreach and engagement with the individual to stay connected throughout the process.
• Provide direct legal services to victims of domestic violence – (50% of the time):
o interview clients and identify legal problems of domestic violence victims;
o investigate and develop cases, develop written reports to attorneys detailing results of investigation;
o draft motions, pleadings and other documents as directed;
o make and follow up on referrals of clients to appropriate alternative or additional sources of assistance;
o conduct legal research;
o serve process and execute affidavits of service; serve witness subpoenas and other papers as requested; file legal papers with appropriate courts;
o provide assistance to clients with legal issues related to filing for losses covered by public and private insurance programs, including workman’s compensation, unemployment benefits, cash assistance (welfare), etc.;
o review domestic violence victim cases for legal issues to facilitate the securing of rights, remedies and services for victims from other agencies and attorneys.
o Conduct outreach to the local area and additional travel within the service area (15-25%)

Requirements: 

• Paralegal certification.
• A minimum of three years of experience working in a law firm as a paralegal is required.
• High School education or equivalent experience.
• Bilingual (English-Spanish) preferred.
• Experience working on Social Security disability cases.
• Experience with family law.
• Ability to work with low-income population.
• Ability to collaborate with community partners. Extensive connections to the community a plus.
• Must be proficient in MS Office, including Outlook, Word and Excel.
• Valid Florida driver license, valid vehicle registration, and proof of minimum insurance coverage.
• Experience in or knowledge of assigned project.

To apply: 

Send resume and references to [email protected] or fax to (386) 323-5762. Equal Opportunity Employer

Notes: 
Equal Opportunity Employer
Salary range: 
Mid 30's
Submission deadline: 
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Expiration date: 
Tuesday, November 1, 2016