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Legal Assistant

Company: Immigrant Legal Center
Location: Lincoln
Posted on: March 20, 2023

Job Description:

POSITION TITLE: - - - - - Legal AssistantWORKSITE: - - - - - - - - - - - - - Lincoln, NebraskaORGANIZATIONAL DESCRIPTION: - -POSITION DESCRIPTION: -An ILC Legal Assistant is an integral part of ILC's legal team. The core functions of this position are (1) legal support; (2) client communication; (3) education and advocacy; and (4) reception and operational support. The ideal candidate for this position is a leader, passionate about providing excellent services to clients with compassion, integrity, neighborliness, and tenacity. - - - - You will receive benefits by being a part of the fastest growing non-profit law firm in Nebraska. First, we have the most competitive wages, and you will be eligible for benefits on your first day! We offer, dental, vision, life, AD&D insurance, and an excellent full-coverage health insurance plan. In addition, we have an employee assistance program, unlimited PTO, 9 paid holidays, year-end holiday break, and a day off during your individual birthday! We also offer up to 12 weeks of FMLA for qualifying employees and contribute 5% automatically to each employee's 403(b) retirement plan. Lastly, we provide relocation assistance as well as travel or expense reimbursements. - -CORE FUNCTIONS OF THE POSITION: Legal Support:

Work with attorneys, DOJ-accredited representatives, and staff who contribute to serving clients who may qualify for a form of immigration relief.Assist ILC attorneys and DOJ-accredited representatives by preparing, copying, scanning documents, and sending and tracking outgoing mail. Assist ILC attorneys and DOJ-accredited representatives with forms, statements, cover letters, motions, petitions, and briefs. - Create, organize, and maintain complete and accurate client records in physical files and on ILC's case management software, including, but not limited to, logging all new activities, filing receipts, correspondence, and filings in the case file, tracking reminders and deadlines, etc., described in detail in ILC's Legal Procedures Manual. - Effectively and efficiently track open/closed cases using ILC's case management software.Assist in compiling and preparing case management reports.Client Communication:
Maintain contact with ILC clients and promptly return calls in accordance with the Legal Procedures Manual.Assist ILC attorneys and DOJ-accredited representatives with drafting, translating, and sending e-mail and mail correspondence. Keep clients aware of the status of their case. - Interpret for client meetings or appearances before administrative bodies.Advocacy and Education:
Contribute to intake, outreach, and education programs related to forms of immigration legal relief and advocate for the rights of immigrants.Refer clients to proper community resources.Communicate and advocate for needs of clients.Reception and Operational Support:
Welcome guests and clients to ILC, determine nature and purpose of visit, and direct or escort them to specific destinations.Manage voicemail system daily by checking received voicemail messages, forwarding messages appropriately, and personally returning calls when necessary.Communicate ILC intake process to immigrant community members seeking immigration legal services with ILC.Refer callers, walk-ins, prospective clients, and current clients to proper community resources, including the Nebraska Immigration Legal Assistance Hotline.Assist with ordering any supplies needed for the Lincoln office. -QUALIFICATIONS:
Dedication to ILC's Core Values and Mission.Strong commitment to public interest legal services and to the enfranchisement and empowerment of immigrant communities.Ability to work sensitively with numerous staff, volunteers, and clients having diverse personalities, lifestyles, cultures, political orientations, and faiths.Previous experience with reception is preferred.Previous experience within the legal field is preferred but not required.Fluency in Spanish is required.Ability to take initiative and make difficult decisions when necessary.Excellent writer.Exceptional communication and people skills.Strong cultural awareness and competency is required.Commitment to ongoing learning, both as an individual and as part of a department, to value, promote, and engage into an inclusive work environment and community.Ability to work in a team and handle multiple tasks in an organized and timely manner.Impeccable integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed.Ability to think strategically, problem-solve, exercise good judgment, and lead change.Expert in using Office 365 applications (ex. Word, Outlook Excel, SharePoint, etc.) and strong ability to learn new software. -COMPENSATION
Starting annual salary of at least $40,000.Excellent benefits including:Unlimited paid time off (including employee birthday); 9 paid holidays with year-end holiday break; Up to 12 weeks of FMLAMedical, dental, vision, life, and AD&D insurance -Employee assistance program403b retirement planRelocation assistance; travel and expense reimbursement -TO APPLY
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