The Center for Social Justice (CSJ) operates as a public interest law firm within Seton Hall Law School. Student attorneys represent live clients under the supervision of practicing attorneys who are also professors. It is a legal services office that represents low-income individuals on a wide variety of matters, including family law, immigration, criminal defense, reentry, civil rights, and housing. This position directly assists the CSJ clinical attorneys, as well as the administrative supervisors and law students, in all legal and administrative matters, including casework relating to CSJ clients, assisting student attorneys, and supporting CSJ programs, classes and departmental projects. The paralegal plays a critical role in providing support and expertise for the social justice work of the office; the paralegal will assist faculty and students in approximately half of the CSJ clinics. The workload currently includes primary support for the following clinics: (1) Civil Litigation and Practice Clinic, including the Foreclosure Defense Project; (2) Immigrants' Rights/International Human Rights Clinic, including the detained immigrants' project; and (3) Equal Justice Clinic. The paralegal will also assist the Director and Associate Director, and the other CSJ clinics, as needed.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Job duties of the paralegal include, but are not limited to, the following:
Assist the attorneys/professors and clinical students with their cases;
Maintain paper and electronic files for cases and assist in case management;
Maintain clinic calendars;
Perform preliminary legal research for cases;
Interact with other individuals involved in cases (outside attorneys, the court, pro se adversaries, agencies, etc.) in person, over the phone and through written correspondence in a professional and knowledgeable manner;
Perform intake/client screening and conflict checking and maintain both hard copy and electronic files for clients;
Draft, prepare, copy, bind, and/or file correspondence, legal documents, class materials and project materials as directed;
Process mail daily that relates to covered clinics;
Assist faculty and students with reimbursements and other payment requests;
Maintain student workstations and supplies;
Assist in phone coverage and at the reception desk;
Assisting faculty and students in locating translators/interpreters as needed;
Assisting with data collection and the preparation of grant proposals and reports;
Train clinic students on the case management system and office procedures, including drafting and updating manuals;
Process bar forms for students and alumni;
Assist faculty, staff and administrators in the use of computer systems and software;
Assist with website and other social media projects for the CSJ; and,
Provide general clinical/office assistance for CSJ attorneys, administration, and students.
Certificate/degree in paralegal studies highly preferred; or a two-year associate degree in a related area and three or more years of legal experience.
Must have extensive experience working with Microsoft applications including Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Excel. Familiarity with Lexis and Westlaw. Experience with Clio or other case management software preferred.
Must be able to work cooperatively and collaboratively with others and be available for occasional overtime work.
Must have strong commitment to the mission of Seton Hall University and the Center for Social Justice.
Bilingual Spanish/English skills a plus.
Translate/Interpret: documents from Spanish to English and from English to Spanish (when needed); assist faculty and students in locating translators/interpreters as needed; interpret for clients at interviews with students supervising attorneys, and at outside agencies e.g., United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (when needed);
Licenses and Certificates:
Staff Union - SU20.0
General Office Environment
Special Instructions to Applicants:
This is a Local 153 position; only Local 153 members may apply between 04/11/2019 to 04/17/2019.
Seton Hall University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation or sex.
Seton Hall University is a major Catholic university. In a diverse and collaborative environment it focuses on academic and ethical development. Seton Hall students are prepared to be leaders in their professional and community lives in a global society and are challenged by outstanding faculty, an evolving technologically advanced setting and values-centered curricula.