Paralegal - Public Benefits/SOAR

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Job location
122 E. Colonial Drive
Orlando, FL 32801
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, Inc.
Street address: 
122 E. Colonial Drive
City: 
Orlando
State: 
Florida
ZIP: 
32801
Job type: 
Legal - Civil
Position Description: 

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF) is seeking a versatile Paralegal to join our expanding, non-profit law firm located in Orlando. Funded by a collaborative grant with HSN Orlando through October 2017, this position also serves as the SOAR designee. SOAR assists individuals who are experiencing or at-risk of homelessness and have a mental illness, medical impairment, and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder to apply for the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) disability programs: Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).
The paralegal will perform legal work as specifically delegated by an attorney, and will review client cases for legal issues and make referrals to program attorneys.

Responsibilities:
Serves 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.
Completes all required SSA forms for SSI and SSDI; submit online whenever possible
Collects medical records from providers who have treated the applicant
Writes comprehensive SOAR Medical Summary Reports to include psychosocial, treatment, and functional information that is co-signed, as feasible, by the treating physician or psychologist
Conduct ongoing outreach and communication with at-risk/vulnerable individuals to maintain engagement throughout the process
Track applications and outcomes, including number of applications completed, approvals/denials, and time to decision
Report outcomes into the OAT Data system on monthly/quarterly/annual basis
Actively collaborate with Local SOAR Leads
Participate in refresher courses and quality review of applications
Investigate and develop cases, develop written reports to attorneys detailing results of investigation;
Draft motions, pleadings and other documents as directed;
Make and follow up on referrals of clients to appropriate alternative or additional sources of assistance;
Conduct legal research;
Serve process and execute affidavits of service; serve witness subpoenas and other papers as requested; file legal papers with appropriate courts;
provide assistance to clients with legal issues related to filing for losses covered by public and private insurance programs, including worker’s compensation, unemployment benefits, cash assistance (welfare), etc.;
Review cases for legal issues to facilitate the securing of rights, remedies and services for victims from other agencies and attorneys.
Conduct outreach to the local area and additional travel within the service area (15-25%)
Equal Opportunity Employer

Requirements: 

A minimum of three years’ of experience working in a law firm as a paralegal is required.
Experience working on Social Security cases, experience with family law.
Commitment to serving low-income population.
Ability to collaborate with community partners. Professional connection to service community a plus.
Must be computer literate (Microsoft Office 365)
Valid Florida automobile license, use of own auto, and proof of insurance necessary.
Bilingual (English-Spanish; spoken and written fluency) preferred

To apply: 

Resumes in confidence to [email protected]

Notes: 
Equal Opportunity Employer
Submission deadline: 
Monday, March 13, 2017
Expiration date: 
Sunday, April 2, 2017