Established in 1982, the Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) is the oldest and largest volunteer legal services organization in Nebraska. The mission of VLP is to provide quality pro bono legal services to eligible low-income Nebraskans. VLP achieves this goal through its core case placement program and other targeted pro bono programs that serve specialized legal needs. Working under the general direction of the VLP Director, the Paralegal performs a broad range of administrative duties in support of the VLP program providing legal services to victims of crime.
This position requires significant interaction with lawyers, nonlawyers, applicants for services, and members of the general public. The Paralegal plays an integral role in the administration and continued development of pro bono and reduced-fee case placement and pro bono outreach activities. General work hours are Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm, with occasional evening and weekend work.
SALARY AND BENEFITS
Salary is commensurate with skills and experience. NSBA offers a generous benefits package.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Paralegal will:
Conduct intakes and investigative interviews with victims of crime who apply for VLP legal services; write case summaries for review by the Associate Attorney in determining eligibility and the appropriate response; use case management database to maintain case files; communicate with applicants and volunteers, verbally and in writing; draft correspondence, prepare reports and memos according to established protocols and a prescribed style of writing and form.
Assist the Associate Attorney in contacting volunteers and panel attorneys to place eligible cases, using established protocols.
Support volunteers and panel attorneys in locating resources, training, and mentors.
Assist the Associate Attorney with recruiting volunteer and panel attorneys.
Maintain accurate records of volunteer and panel attorneys participation for reporting.
Coordinate interpreter services for volunteers, panel attorneys and applicants.
Participate in VOCA funded outreach activities that may include occasional weekend and evening work. Must be able to drive to outreach activities or other NSBA/VLP events.
Gather and review invoices from panel attorneys for expenses related to provision of legal services to victims of crime.
Gather and conduct client satisfaction surveys of vicitms of crime served through VLP.
SKILLS NEEDED TO SUPPORT THE NSBA/VLP MISSION
The Paralegal will:
Work independently and within a team on ongoing, special, and nonrecurring projects.
Demonstrate poise, tact and diplomacy in all communications, internally and externally.
Seek opportunities to learn from others, be open to adapting best practices into the work, effectively communicate concerns and areas needing assistance to the Director.
Maintain confidentiality of highly sensitive information.
Give continual attention to detail in composing, typing and proofing materials and reports, establish priorities and meet deadlines.
Be flexible, take comments and feedback constructively.
Follow internal procedures, professional and external rules related to VLP programs.
EDUCATION, SKILLS, EXPERIENCE, REQUIREMENTS
Bachelor’s Degree in Paralegal Studies from ABA approved program, Social Science or related field, and one year of paraprofessional experience in legal or nonprofit setting, highly desired. Associates Degree in Paralegal Studies (ABA approved Program) or two year’s college coursework in Social Science or related field, and experience in a legal or nonprofit setting will be considered.
Experience working with low-income individuals highly desired.
Strong client service orientation; prior experience working with volunteers preferred.
Excellent organization and time management skills required to work in a busy environment, handle and prioritize multiple, competing tasks and demands.
Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat; able to format and produce word processing documents, spreadsheets, and reports. Ability to learn and effectively use VLP database and Clio case management system.
High level of interpersonal skills to handle sensitive and confidential situations. Ability to respond to applicants with patience, objectivity, and a nonjudgmental attitude.
Professional communication skills, oral and written; able to draft correspondence, reports, and memos according to a prescribed writing style format.
Strong attention to detail; must maintain accurate and organized records in a confidential manner, ensuring ethical and legal guidelines are maintained.
Ability to recognize and refer legal questions appropriately.
Fluency in English and Spanish highly desired.
The statements in this job description reflect general details necessary to describe the principal functions of this position, the level of knowledge, the scope of responsibility, and the skills typically required for this position. The statements should not be considered an all-inclusive list of the work requirements. This position may perform other duties as assigned, including work to further the responsibilities of the VLP.
Send resume, cover letter, and three professional references by June 14, 2019 to Laurie Heer Dale, Director of the Volunteer Lawyers Project, 635 S. 14th Street, Suite 200, Lincoln, NE 68508 or firstname.lastname@example.org