Paralegal (Victims of Crime Act)
New Mexico Legal Aid seeks a paralegal for its VOCA program to assist victims/survivors of domestic violence, sexual abuse/assault, and crime generally. This position will be based in Las Cruces and have responsibilities primarily across the southern half of the state but may have occasional statewide responsibilities. NMLA provides holistic legal services to victims of crime by working collaboratively with courts, law enforcement agencies, and other victims' assistance organizations to leverage resources in order to secure safety and economic stability for its clients.
Under the supervision of the managing attorney for the Victims of Crime Act project at NMLA, the paralegal will be responsible for litigation support and assistance to victim’s rights attorneys and direct advocacy and assistance to victims. The paralegal will process intakes, draft pleadings, contact clients, and generally support attorneys in preparation for court. They will also send referrals to other support service agencies, engage in outreach, and provide/arrange training to victims’ rights advocates. The paralegal may be required to attend court with clients, assist them in obtaining financial aid, and monitor cases for victims’ rights violations requiring attorney involvement. We seek highly motivated candidates who are passionate about justice and strongly committed to helping NMLA better serve our client communities. Candidates should have, or quickly be able to develop, expertise in victims’ rights and statewide resources available to victims of crime.
Salary: DOE. Excellent benefits.
Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree and at least three years’ experience as a paralegal is preferred but will consider exceptionally well qualified entry level candidates. Experience as a victim advocate and/or victim advocate certification strongly preferred. Must be able to effectively use computer technology and remote communications systems, including shared on-line workspaces and web meeting and videoconferencing software, and to effectively collaborate with staff located in multiple offices. Candidates also must possess excellent written and oral communication skills, the ability to manage multiple tasks, and build collaborative relationships within the staff and the community served by NMLA. This is a statewide position and the candidate must be able to regularly travel. Proficiency in Spanish, Tewa, and/or Navajo is a plus.
Send a current resume and a letter of interest explaining what you would like to accomplish if you are selected for this position to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Applicants will be subject to a background search. Please do not let this deter you from applying. NMLA is committed to a strong workforce and will review records individually to determine whether a particular record will disqualify.
NMLA is an EEO Employer. Application Deadline: December 15, 2020.