Sep 26, 2019
The Immigrant Defenders Law Center (“ImmDef”) is a next-generation, social justice law firm that provides high-quality representation and legal services to immigrants in Southern California. ImmDef was founded with the belief that no immigrant should be forced to go into court alone and our universal representation programs for children and adults are a first step towards that goal. Learn more about us at www.immdef.org .
Reporting to the Paralegal Coordinator, the Paralegal is primarily responsible for legal support for ImmDef Staff Attorneys and Managing Attorneys. The Paralegal is also responsible for providing case support for Legal Directors as needed.
1. Provide case planning and development
2. Conduct legal research, fact gathering and retrieving information
3. Prepare declarations, draft and analyze legal documents and forms, and collect and manage data
4. Submit electronic and in-court filings
5. Fulfill records requests
6. Conduct client screening and intakes
Strong organizational skills;
Strong written and verbal communication skills;
Demonstrated proactive approaches to problem solving;
Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work under pressure required;
Spanish language fluency required and will be tested at time of interview;
Required Education and Experience
Must have a BA or paralegal certificate, and/or at least one to three years of experience as a support staff working under the supervision of an attorney;
Experience working in a start-up non-profit and/or at a public interest law firm is helpful;
Strong writing, research, and organizational skills required;
Enthusiasm for working at a progressive, start-up organization
Passion for social justice for immigrants required
DACA Recipients encouraged to apply!
Preferred Education and Experience
Experience with deportation defense is a plus;
Experience working with minors or persons suffering from mental competency issues is a plus;
Experience with family, dependency and probate court is a plus;
Demonstrated ability to work within a high-volume, busy law office is a plus;
Classification and Work Schedule
This is a full-time, non-exempt position. Work schedule will be Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with flexibility required based on the needs of the organization.
Work Environment and Physical Demands
This job operates in a professional office environment. This is largely a sedentary role; however, some filing is required. This would require the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand as necessary.
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
Holidays and Paid Time Off
12 paid holidays including Indigenous Peoples’ Day
1-Week paid winter break between Christmas and New Years
15 vacation days per year
12 Sick Days per year
Health, Dental and Vision Insurance
ImmDef offers a number of health plans that are 100% paid plans for staff starting on the 1 st of the month following 30 days of employment.
Additionally, we pay 75% of the premiums for select plans for immediate family members, including registered domestic partners.
FSA and Dependent Care FSA
ImmDef offers FSA plans to help offset the costs of eligible health care expenses for you, your spouse, and your eligible dependents using pre-tax dollars
We also offer Dependent Care FSA to pay for eligible dependent care services, such as preschool, summer day camp, before or after school programs, and child or adult daycare.
401(k) Retirement Savings Plan
ImmDef staff are eligible to enroll in our 401(k) plans immediately upon hire, contributing pre-tax dollars towards their retirement goals
After six months on staff, ImmDef will match 100% of contributions up to 3%
Funds are vested immediately!
Public Service Loan Forgiveness
As a 501(c)3, qualified ImmDef staff are eligible for Public Service Loan Forgiveness
Parking and Travel Stipend
ImmDef Staff commuting into our DTLA office are eligible for reimbursement of parking or public transit costs up to $90 per month.
How To Apply
Email resume, cover letter, and at least two references to ParalegalJobs@immdef.org. Please write LASTNAME_firstname_ParalegalApplication in the subject line. Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. No phone calls please.
Immigrant Defenders Law Center
Los Angeles, CA, USA