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Legal Assistant

January 9, 2023 Job Listing

Legal Assistant
Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus
Hybrid Work Schedule, Based in San Francisco, CA
Exempt, Full-time Position

Applications Due by February 10, 2023

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 split their time supporting ALC’s legal operations as well as support the Workers’ Rights program attorneys and community advocates. The Workers’ Rights program provides legal services and plays a key role in providing robust support and service to our clients, many of whom are low-income and Limited English Proficient (LEP). The Workers’ Rights program represents workers and worker centers organizing for just pay, fair treatment, and safe working conditions through impact litigation, direct services, legislative advocacy, and counseling clinics. Essential responsibilities include: obtaining demographic information, conducting conflict checks, interviewing new clients, securing and/or providing interpretation support; helping to identify legal issues; helping to prepare briefs, discovery, forms and correspondence; filing documents with the courts, maintaining case files and records and updating data for grant reporting; administrative support such as organizing legal clinics. This position works under the supervision of the Legal Operations Manager and supports attorneys and community advocates.

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 civil 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 Workers' Rights 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 new inquiries and 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 with administrative and clerical duties such as calendaring, copying and filing; update cases on multiple databases; processing invoices
  • Assist in responding to and propounding discovery
  • Under attorney supervision, prepare responsive pleadings, 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

Qualifications

  • Fluency in Cantonese and Arabic highly desirable
  • Two or more years of experience working as a legal assistant, ideally in a non-profit legal service or other social service environment
  • Bachelor’s degree 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 work volume 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 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.

Compensation and Benefits

This is a regular, full-time, non-exempt position. The annual compensation depends on years of relevant experience; the range is $63,564 - $78,176. 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 by February 10, 2023. Incomplete applications will NOT be considered.

  1. Cover letter explaining your interest in the position
  2. Resume
  3. Writing sample (no more than 5 pages)
  4. Three professional references

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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, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, HIV status, height, weight, marital or domestic partner status, or religious affiliation.