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Paralegal, Center for Social Justice

Apply now Job no: 493993
Full time/Part time: Full-time
Location: Newark
Categories: Staff

The Center for Social Justice operates as a public interest law firm within Seton Hall Law School. The CSJ was recently funded by the Essex County Board of Freeholders to provide legal services to detained immigrants at the Essex County Correctional Facilities. The paralegal will support the work of the new attorney hired to undertake this work, as well as the faculty and students of the Immigrants' Rights Clinic who are assisting detained immigrants with the support of this grant.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • The CSJ paralegal will support a staff attorney and the faculty and students of the Immigrants' Rights Clinic with their filing of a wide variety of immigration forms, as well as drafting and preparing motions, affidavits, briefs, and other legal documents in immigration cases. This will often include initial completion of forms and court documents, to be reviewed by an attorney before filing.
  • Paralegal oversees incoming mail, to include sorting, date stamping, scanning documents, uploading documents into Clio or other software systems. For outgoing mail, key responsibilities include arranging for mail pickup (including mail drop-off at post office), service process, Fed ex or other overnight mail delivery, and verifying delivery of legal documents by process server, certified mail receipts, or others delivery options.
  • The paralegal performs critical and sensitive client intake in order to assist attorneys and students in gathering evidence, and conducts conflict-checking that is required before each client is accepted by the clinic.
  • The paralegal will translate/interpret documents from Spanish to English and from English to Spanish when needed in our office and at external sites including the visits to the Detention Centers, assist in translating through phone contact with clients, and assist faculty and students in locating translators/interpreters as needed in our office and at external sites.
  • The Paralegal will open cases, update client matters, maintain and organize paper case files, and electronic case files, and close cases as needed by making sure that paper case files match electronic files and are uploaded in Clio accordingly, and confirming the client is notified when files are closed The paralegal will also assist in calling clients and witnesses referring clients to other organizations/agencies as needed, scheduling client appointments, and reserving space for appointments/meetings as needed. The paralegal may also be asked to perform related tasks temporarily as needed.

Required Qualifications:

  • A certificate or degree in paralegal studies or a 2-year Associate degree in a related area, along with 1-3 years of legal experience
  • Paralegal studies requirement may be waived with an additional two years of work experience, preferably in a law firm or law related profession.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree

Salary Grade:

  • Staff Union (Local 153) - SU20.0

Exempt/Nonexempt:

  • Non-exempt

Physical Demands:

  • General Office Environment

Seton Hall University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation or sex.

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