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Paralegal (Litigation Support)

Description: 

WHO WE ARE: For over 50 years, Central California Legal Services (CCLS) has been representing and advocating for low income individuals in Merced, Tuolumne, Mariposa, Fresno, Tulare, and Kings Counties—a region where intense poverty exists side by side with unparalleled wealth and abundance.  Our mission is to provide high quality no-cost civil legal services to low income individuals, families, and communities—improving the wellbeing of our Valley through systems-changing advocacy, client education, and legal work that meets individual clients’ immediate needs.  We also work closely with agencies and community organizations that share our commitment to support our clients in being their own agents of change.

 

POSITION DETAILS:

Under attorney supervision, the paralegal will provide litigation support, interview clients, assess and investigate facts in a variety of cases. Prior experience in providing paralegal services in the civil litigation context is required.

Position:                                 Paralegal

Experience:                             2+ Years Experience

                                                Spanish Fluency Strongly Preferred

Location:                                 Fresno Office (travel to Visalia and Merced as Needed)

Term of Employment:            Regular, Full-time

Other:                                     FLSA Non-Exempt; Union Position

Salary Range DOE:                  $31,843-$58,116

 

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled; Applications should be received by MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2021 to be considered for the first round of interviews. 

 

CCLS BENEFITS OVERVIEW:

Work/Life Balance

  • 7.5 hour work day / 37.5 hour week
  • 14.5 Paid Holidays
  • Free wellness counseling & resources
  • Union protection for applicable positions

Rewards for Dedication

  • Annual pay increases
  • Overtime for Hourly/Non-exempt staff
  • Compensatory Time for Salaried/Exempt staff

More than Base Pay

  • School Loan Assistance up to $500/month
  • Bilingual Pay up to $90/month
  • Home internet reimbursement of $25/month
  • CCLS issued laptop & cell phone
  • CA State Bar dues paid in full
  • Mileage reimbursement

Retirement Contribution

  • CCLS contributes to staff 403(b) plans starting at the one-year anniversary:
    • Year 1 to 2 – 1% of salary contributed
    • Year 2 to 3 – 2% of salary contributed
    • Year 3 to 4 – 3% of salary contributed
    • Year 4 to 5 – 4% of salary contributed
    • Year 5+ - 5% of salary contributed

Group Health Insurance

  • Coverage begins 1st of the month following hire date
  • CCLS pays 100% for staff health insurance coverage
  • CCLS pays 67% of staff dependent health insurance coverage
  • Low-Cost Plans for:
    • Dental PPO & Vision Insurance
    • Long term disability & life insurance
    • Workers Compensation coverage

Cash Out Options

  • Vacation Cash Out:
    • Accrued vacation cashed out & added to paycheck upon request
  • Compensatory Time Cash Out (Exempt Staff):
    • Accrued comp time cashed out & added to paycheck upon request
  • Comp time over 75 hours paid out automatically
  • Overtime Pay Out (Non-Exempt Staff):
    • OT paid out within 30 days of accrual, per State standards

Computer Loan Fund

  • Up to $1,500 interest free loan to assist staff with personal computer purchase

State Bar Exam Leave & Loan

  • Leave provided for CA Bar Exam
  • Interest-free loan for Bar Exam & study course fees
  • Up to 8 weeks salary advance

 

CCLS is an equal opportunity employer: we value equity, inclusion, and diversity, across all races, cultures, classes, ages, religions, gender identities and presentations, sexual orientations, body sizes, family structures, abilities, and all categories protected by law. We encourage all interested individuals to apply.  CCLS is subject to a Collective Bargaining Agreement.

 

Requirements: 

DUTIES:

  • Under attorney supervision, provide litigation support to include drafting pleadings, discovery, document management, and general case management;
  • Prepare a variety of legal documents and correspondence relating to civil litigation matters under attorney supervision;
  • Conduct legal research and prepare law and motion documents under attorney supervision;
  • Assist and provide support to attorneys as they prepare for trial;
  • Interview, assist, and otherwise provide high quality services to clients consistent with CCLS program priorities;
  • Participate in weekly CCLS case review meetings;
  • Interface with other CCLS and California advocates on issues of mutual interest;
  • Participate with client groups and community-based service providers;
  • Carry out CCLS policies and procedures;
  • Attend training and keep abreast of changes in the law;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Prior experience providing litigation support to attorneys in a formal law firm, legal department, or equivalent setting is required;
  • Prior experience in legal research and the preparation of legal documents in civil actions;
  • Maintain and schedule dates and deadlines in a case management system for timely filing of documents for court and administrative hearings and for the completion of tasks by attorneys;
  • Demonstrate a genuine interest in the needs and legal rights of low-income people and elderly or disabled persons;
  • Ability to follow case review policies and procedures;
  • Knowledge of the principles and procedures of court proceedings;
  • Knowledge of, or ability to learn, areas of law practiced by the organization;
  • Ability to conduct client interviews, investigations, legal research, analytical reasoning ability, case review and problem solving;
  • Superior interpersonal, oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to work closely with others in a small unit setting:  a commitment to teamwork is essential; 
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse groups of individuals and organizations including ability to provide leadership within a culturally diverse environment; must maintain effective interpersonal relationships at all organizational levels and with the public;
  • Competency/experience with PC systems and standard software (Microsoft Office, Access, Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and other relevant databases);
  • Reliable transportation, a valid CA Drivers’ License with appropriate car insurance.

 

CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

Education, training and experience sufficient to meet the requirements of Business & Professions Code § 6450, including documentation of at least one of the following:

  • A certificate of completion of a paralegal program approved by the American Bar Association;
  • A certificate of completion of a paralegal program, or a degree from a postsecondary institution that requires the successful completion of a minimum of 24 semester (or equivalent) units in law-related courses and that has been accredited by a national or regional accrediting organization or approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education;
  • A baccalaureate degree or an advanced degree in any subject, a minimum of one year of law-related experience under the supervision of an attorney who has been an active member of the State Bar of California for at least the preceding three years or who has practiced in the federal courts of this state for at least the preceding three years, and a written declaration from this attorney stating that the person is qualified to perform paralegal tasks;
  • A high school diploma or general equivalency diploma, a minimum of three years of law-related experience under the supervision of an attorney who has been an active member of the State Bar of California for at least the preceding three years or who has practiced in the federal courts of this state for at least the preceding three years, and a written declaration from this attorney stating that the person is qualified to perform paralegal tasks.

 

To Apply: 

HOW TO APPLY:       

Direct Online Application:  https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Details/732199/Central-California-Legal-Services-Inc/CCLS-Litigation-Paralegal

 

COMPLETE APPLICATION:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter addressing the following questions:
    1. Please tell us briefly about your experience, if any, providing litigation support while working in a law office.  What were the two most important things you learned about how legal advocates help clients?
    2. Have you ever used Spanish language skills to interpret between English and Spanish for a monolingual Spanish-speaking person?  What did you learn from that experience?
    3. Tell us about your connection to the Central Valley:  how well do you know it?  Do you have ties here?  What draws you here?
    4. Do you have particular interest in being a Legal Aid employee?  If so, please tell us about that.
  3. Three Professional References

 

Information

Submission Deadline: 
November 19, 2021
Organization Information: 
Central California Legal Services
2115 Kern St., Suite 200
Fresno, CA 93721
United States
Phone: 559-570-1217