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Legal Assistant

February 28, 2022 Job Listing

Legal Assistant
Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus
Based in San Francisco, CA
Regular, Full-time, Non-Exempt position; Temporarily Remote

Applications are due by June 17, 2022

The Opportunity


Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus (ALC) seeks a full-time legal assistant with a strong commitment to public interest and social justice. The legal assistant will support attorneys providing legal services and plays a key role in providing robust support and service to our clients, many of whom are low-income, Limited English Proficient (LEP) and immigrant renters who are at the risk of losing their homes. Essential responsibilities include: conducting intakes including: conflict checks, interviewing new clients, securing and/or providing interpretation support; identifying and assessing legal issues; preparing briefs, discovery, forms and correspondence; filing documents with the courts, maintaining case documents and updating data for grant reporting; administrative support and conducting legal research. This position works under the supervision of the Housing Rights Staff Attorney/Program Manager and supports the team of three attorneys.

The Organization


ALC is the nation’s first legal organization focusing on advancing and defending the civil rights of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (APIs). Since 1972, ALC has preserved affordable housing in San Francisco’s Chinatown, litigated high-profile civil rights cases, advocated for the passage of landmark policy changes, and provided an array of services, including community education, advocacy, and direct client representation to further the rights of low-income immigrants and communities of color. Current program areas include Housing Rights, Immigrant Rights, Criminal Justice Reform, National Security & Civil Rights, Workers’ Rights, and Voting Rights.

ALC is based in San Francisco, a hub of the Asian American rights movement, progressive politics, and social justice activism. Our location in Chinatown is the first mixed-use, affordable housing co-op in San Francisco, serving as a model for preserving affordable housing in the city and protecting tenants’ rights.

Responsibilities


The legal assistant provides legal, administrative, and programmatic support to ALC’s attorneys. Day-to day responsibilities in this dynamic position vary, and include:

  • Client Services
  • Conduct screening and intake interviews with new clients and obtaining necessary documentation
  • Maintain consistent, regular communication with clients
  • Provide counseling to clients under supervision of attorneys
  • Schedule and calendar appointments with clients
  • Record and update client information in database
  • Maintain client files and other documentation
  • Enter and update data to support program evaluation, outcome tracking and grant reporting
  • Provide interpretation, if applicable, among clients, attorneys and volunteers

Legal Support

  • Draft correspondence and client letters
  • File documents with the courts including e-filing, and ensure service of legal documents and correspondence
  • Assist in responding to and propounding discovery
  • Under attorney supervision, prepare responsive pleadings, stay of execution requests, other ex parte applications, noticed motions, and other necessary pleadings
  • Conduct factual investigations
  • Provide deposition and trial support
  • Work with attorneys and other staff to train and supervise volunteers and interns
  • Perform legal research including court rules, case law, and applicable statutes
  • Assist with administrative and clerical duties such as calendaring, copying and filing; update cases on multiple databases; processing invoices


Qualifications

  • Fluency in Cantonese highly desirable
  • Two or more years of experience working as a legal assistant or paralegal desired, ideally in a non-profit legal service or other social service environment
  • Bachelor’s degree and/or paralegal certificate desired, not required
  • Excellent written, verbal, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Team-oriented, proactive and creative problem-solver
  • Able to work on several projects simultaneously, handling a high volume work and fast work pace.
  • Administrative experience, including proficient to intermediate skills with Microsoft Office/Adobe and other common computer programs.
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice
  • Knowledge of landlord tenant issues and legal issues related to poverty desired


The position requires working with individuals who may be experiencing stress and instability. The position also requires the provision of culturally-sensitive and empathetic services. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required.

COVID-19


ALC is committed to the health and safety of our staff, clients, and community. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, ALC employees remain primarily working remotely. This Spring, our staff will transition to a hybrid schedule that includes both working from home and in the office. This position particularly will be required to work in person/in the office for mandatory court appearances, required client meetings, hearings and depositions. This position is temporarily remote. ALC requires all staff and visitors coming into its office show proof of full COVID 19 vaccination.

Compensation and Benefits


This is a regular, full-time, non-exempt position. The annual compensation depends on years of relevant experience, the range is $60,000 - $73,792. ALC offers an additional $1,000 annual compensation for proficiency in a language other than English and an additional $1,000 annual compensation for graduate degree(s).

ALC’s comprehensive benefits package includes the following: generous vacation and paid holidays; medical, dental, disability, and life insurance coverage; a flexible spending account (FSA); and 401K retirement plan with employer non-elective contribution and match. This position is included in the collective bargaining unit represented by CWA Local 9410.

Application Process


Interested candidates should submit the following:

  • Cover letter explaining your interest in the position
  • Resume
  • Writing sample (no more than 5 pages)
  • Three professional references

Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply, regardless of race, color, creed, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, age, height, weight, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, disability, HIV status, marital or domestic partner status, or religious affiliation.

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