Legal Assistant, Pro Bono/Intake

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Job location
1331 H Street NW, Suite 350
Washington, DC 20005
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Legal Aid Society of DC
Street address: 
1331 H Street NW, Suite 350
District of Columbia
Job type: 
Position Description: 

The Legal Assistant/Intake Specialist supporting Legal Aid’s Intake and Pro Bono Programs would work as part of a dynamic team with the attorneys and other legal assistants responsible for these programs to ensure effective and efficient delivery of services. The successful candidate will want to work in a fast-paced, collaborative environment that often requires multi-tasking while at the same time maintaining a high level of attention to detail.

The Legal Assistant/Intake Specialist’s responsibilities include conducting initial telephone screening of persons seeking legal assistance and providing referral information, where appropriate; assisting in the ongoing management of an online intake system; conducting telephone and in-person intakes; responding to written and email requests for assistance; ensuring that referral resources are kept up-to-date; supporting client database design and management; analyzing statistical data pulled from client database and other sources; drafting case summaries for circulation to prospective pro bono counsel; preparing case materials for referral to pro bono counsel or other legal services providers; creating PowerPoint slides for intake and pro bono program trainings and presentations; filing/copying documents at the DC Superior Court, the DC Court of Appeals, and various local agencies; assisting with recruiting and supervising student interns; preparing intake, self-help and outreach materials; providing general administrative support; and working collaboratively and effectively with co-workers to ensure coverage of administrative and paralegal needs throughout the office. (Note: As a result of the public health emergency, Legal Aid is currently operating remotely and, dependent on current circumstances, the individual hired for this position may start their employment working remotely.)


The ideal applicants will have the following qualifications:

• A demonstrated commitment to social, economic, and racial justice;
• Excellent organizational skills, with attention to detail;
• Ability to multi-task and prioritize assignments;
• Effective oral communication skills, particularly telephonic communication;
• Effective written communication skills;
• Strong interpersonal skills and desire to take initiative in managing projects;
• Ability to work both independently and in collaboration with others;
• Strong computer skills including MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Google applications (familiarity working with online databases helpful but not required);
• Fluency or proficiency in Spanish, Amharic or another language prevalent in Legal Aid's client community strongly preferred, but not required; and
• Availability to make a two-year commitment (minimum) strongly preferred.

To apply: 

The Legal Assistant/Intake Specialist will be paid in accordance with Legal Aid’s competitive salary scale with a starting salary of $42,000. Legal Aid offers a generous benefits package.
Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. Positions remain open until filled. Please submit your cover letter and resume here:

Legal Aid values an inclusive, diverse workplace and does not unlawfully discriminate on any basis prohibited by law. Legal Aid encourages applications from all interested persons of any race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, personal appearance, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, or any other legally protected status.We strongly encourage applications from people with personal experience with the criminal justice system and/or with lived experiences in the communities we serve.
Submission deadline: 
Wednesday, February 19, 2020