Bilingual Paralegal/Support-Domestic Violence Victims Services
Prairie State Legal Services is a not-for-profit legal aid organization that provides civil legal aid services to the poor, elderly, and people with disabilities. Prairie State has 12 offices serving 36 counties throughout northern and central Illinois. Prairie State focuses services on legal problems that impact the ability of our clients to meet their basic human needs, including physical safety, access to healthcare, adequate housing, and similar needs. It is the only legal aid organization in the majority of its service area. Annually, PSLS handles over 22,000 applications for legal help and serves over 16,000 clients. We pride ourselves on fostering a work environment that is motivating, collaborative, and fun, with plenty of opportunities for professional growth. More information is available on our website at www.pslegal.org
Under this project, PSLS provides comprehensive legal assistance to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, with a focus on matters that arise as a direct result of the client’s victimization. Services include obtaining protective/restraining orders and other relief to ensure our clients’ safety and security. Clients may receive legal assistance in a wide range of other legal issues as necessary to address consequences of victimization and obtain long-term safety and stability; this may include housing, employment, consumer, and family law matters.
Among other duties as assigned, the Paralegal in this project will:
- Complete applications for services for victims and enter data into the program database
- Perform client conflict checks
- Maintain court schedules and docketing for the project attorneys
- Maintain contact with clients to provide information on the status of their cases
- Type pleadings and correspondence for the project attorneys
- Prepare correspondence and documents for direct services to victims
- Monitor case files to see that they contain all required documents
- Maintain key contacts with local agencies including local police, county sheriffs, and circuit clerks
- Assist with service of subpoenas and help acquire police reports, court documents, and other information important to case preparation
- Generate and mail notices relating to court proceedings and schedule matters to go on the court docket.
- Assist in court during high volume order of protection call by providing support as needed to attorneys and clients
- Assist with interpretation for Spanish-speaking victims, when necessary
- Translate letters and simple documents
- Help coordinate services for victims by volunteer attorneys
- Assist the project attorneys in other duties as assigned
Salary and Benefits
Full-time position, 37.5 hours per week. Salary range $30,000 - $39,000 per year, depending upon experience; Excellent comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, retirement, training and education, and generous leave time.
- College degree or a diploma from a recognized training program for paralegals or significant relevant job or other experience
- Excellent organizational skills
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Ability to work effectively as a team member
- Excellent oral/written communication and computer competency
- Patience in working with persons in highly-emotional states
- Spanish language proficiency
The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience and commitment to aiding victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and family abuse. Local travel is required, with a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.
Please indicate “St. Charles Paralegal” in the subject line and email a letter explaining your interest and experience, resume, and three references, to:
- Director of Human Resources Jessica Hodierne at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Program Administrator Connie Peterson at email@example.com
Resumes accepted until position is filled.
Prairie State Legal Services is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. We will recruit, employ, pay, and promote qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or any other legally protected status.