Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS) is launching a new 18-month Eviction Diversion Project. The project will have court-based legal assistance, a pro bono component, collaboration with rental assistance programs, and community partnerships to avoid housing instability for Baton Rouge families. SLLS anticipates hiring a Paralegal/Pro Bono coordinator and an Intake Specialist who will both work closely with our Project Staff Attorney.

Paralegal/Pro Bono Coordinator – Baton Rouge

Performs various functions to support the efforts of the office to serve clients.  Job duties include handling phone calls, producing written work under the supervision of attorneys, performing other tasks on a client’s case permissible for non-attorneys working under the supervision of an attorney. Working with our Pro Bono Managing Attorney and Staff Attorney to help launch a new pro bono eviction defense project with local bar associations.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. High School graduate.
  2. Two years of experience in the legal field or public education experience in the community. (Course work in related fields beyond high school can be substituted for experience).
  3. Excellent communications skills.  Ability to communicate with general public
  4. Ability to read, understand and interpret laws and regulations
  5. Professional, friendly, courteous and sincerely interested in the client community.
  6. Knowledge of the local client community.
  7. Experience with computer word processing
  8. Familiarity with use of office machines.
  9. Typing 40 wpm
  10. Law office experience preferred.
  11. Paralegal Certificate preferred.
  12. Commitment to social justice

SALARY RANGE:

$25,200 – $35,600

Spanish-English bilingualism and Vietnamese-English bilingualism are a plus that receives extra compensation. This position may also receive additional compensation if you are commissioned as a notary public or if you have a bachelor’s or associate’s degree from an accredited college.

Intake Specialist/Admin Support – Baton Rouge

Primary duties are to screen applicants for legal services, conduct intake, gather documentation for eligibility, data entry, make social service referrals, perform triage to determine urgency, inform callers of the next step in the process, file preparation, handle reception duties, mail duties, and other general functions of reception/intake.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. High School graduate.
  2. Two years of experience in the legal field or public education experience in the community. (Course work in related fields beyond high school can be substituted for experience).
  3. Excellent communications skills.  Ability to communicate with general public
  4. Ability to read, understand and interpret laws and regulations
  5. Professional, friendly, courteous and sincerely interested in the client community.
  6. Knowledge of the local client community.
  7. Experience with computer word processing
  8. Familiarity with use of office machines.
  9. Typing 40 wpm
  10. Law office experience preferred.
  11. Commitment to social justice

SALARY RANGE:

$25,200 – $35,600

Spanish-English bilingualism and Vietnamese-English bilingualism are a plus that receives extra compensation. This position may also receive additional compensation if you are commissioned as a notary public and/or if you have a bachelor’s or associate’s degree from an accredited college.

To apply, please send resume and references to Roxanne Newman at rnewman@slls.org by Friday, July 16, 2021.

STAFF ATTORNEY – VETERANS AND INNOVATIVE PROJECTS UNIT IN NEW ORLEANS

The Staff Attorney for the Veterans and Innovative Projects Unit handles legal representation of homeless clients, veterans, and provides legal services in partnership with Delgado Community College, and Daughters of Charity Health Clinic. The legal casework is primarily disability cases, expungements, and limited family law matters. Cases are sometimes referred to other SLLS units or the Pro Bono Project for handling. The position requires the ability to work well as part of a team, to juggle multiple priorities, and to work well in collaboration with community partners.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Graduation from an accredited law school with a Juris Doctor (J.D.) or LL.B.
  2. Licensed to practice law within the State of Louisiana.
  3. Demonstrated proficiency in written and oral communication, client counseling, advocacy, research, dedication to serving vulnerable people and social service referrals.
  4. Dependability, ability to respond to emergencies, good work habits, self-motivation, capacity to work well with others.
  5. Spanish-English bilingualism and Vietnamese-English bilingualism is a plus that receives extra compensation.

Salary Range:

$46,000-$64,000

To apply, send a resume, cover letter and writing sample to Roxanne Newman, Deputy Director at rnewman@slls.org by July 12, 2021.

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