Paralegal - Children's Law Center (Full-time Temporary)

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Bay Area Legal Services is seeking to fill a temporary full-time paralegal position for the L. David Shear Children's Law Center.

Highly responsible position under the direction and supervision of team attorneys, paralegal is expected to provide advanced, complex assistance in support of team attorneys. From a trauma-informed perspective, the paralegal will work in collaboration with team attorneys and social workers to provide client-directed, holistic, and high-quality legal representation to child victims of abuse/neglect in dependency court. The paralegal will assist attorneys with all aspects of our representation, including, obtaining, organizing, and synthesizing medical, educational, and mental health records, drafting pleadings and court orders, contacting and interviewing witnesses, communicating with caregivers and clients when directed, legal research for motion hearings, trial preparation and investigations. Also, assist attorneys and social workers with applications for benefits/services, including SSI Disability and Agency for Persons with Disabilities. 

Since this position is related to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is scheduled to end on September 30, 2021 based on grant funding. 

Applicants seeking employment with us should understand and share our commitment to the BALS’ mission and vision, and be willing to abide by the four core values of Bay Area Legal Services.  

Office Location

Children's Law Center
1000 N. Ashley Dr. 
Suite 518 
Tampa, FL 33602

Illustrative Duties:

  • Investigate facts, interview witnesses and evidence for negotiations, and trials. Checks and examines law sources such as statutes, recorded judicial decisions, legal articles, constitutions, and legal codes to prepare complex legal documents, such as legal memorandums, and pleadings. Assists attorneys with court orders after hearings with minimal supervision for attorney’s approval. Assists with trial preparation by organizing exhibits and assisting with other tasks as needed.
  • Perform other tasks as assigned by supervising attorney and under the direction of the managing attorney.  

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum 2 years of experience as a paralegal with an AA degree in paralegal studies or 1-year experience as a paralegal with a Bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies or may substitute education with a total of 5 years’ experience as a paralegal.
  • Excellent Time Management, Organizational Skills, detailed and deadline oriented.
  • Excellent written, verbal and proof-reading skills.  
  • Extremely client focused with the desire & ability to work effectively and compassionately with clients in low-income levels facing social, economic, and legal issues who have limited access to services to assist them. 
  • Ability to exercise sound judgement and complete majority of tasks independently.
  • Ability to work in and contribute effectively to a team environment
  • Extensive knowledge of legal documents, procedures and terminology, E-filing of documents and processes.
  • Extensive knowledge of legal case management systems and accurately tracking and processing legal case data using these systems. 
  • Complaint/Objection handling skills, Stress management skills, Telephone etiquette skills

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Experience at a Non-Profit a plus
  • Knowledge of the Florida State Courts System
  • Knowledge of Florida Statutes related to child welfare and protection
  • Medical/nursing/mental health background helpful 
  • Florida Registered Paralegal (FRP) through Florida Bar

Compensation:

  • Depends upon experience, reimbursement for mileage.

How to Apply:  

  • Email cover letter and resume to recruiting@bals.org and state how you learned about the role.

We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.