Employment

Paralegal
Public Justice Center
Baltimore, Maryland

March 2017

Be a critical member in a team of social justice advocates! The Public Justice Center in Baltimore is seeking a paralegal to take primary responsibility for client intake and referral, litigation support, and other administrative and advocacy program support for a nonprofit law office.

The Public Justice Center (“PJC”)
The Public Justice Center pursues systemic change to build a just society. Founded in Maryland in 1985, the PJC uses legal advocacy tools to pursue social justice, economic and race equity, and fundamental human rights for people who are struggling to provide for their basic needs. The PJC is a civil legal aid office that provides advice and representation to low-income clients, advocates before legislatures and government agencies, and collaborates with community and advocacy organizations.  www.publicjustice.org. This position works primarily in the Workplace Justice Project, which represents low-wage workers in federal and state courts, enabling them to stand up to wage theft, recover their unpaid wages, and send a message that bedrock wage laws cannot be violated with impunity. We also promote workers’ interests in the Maryland General Assembly.


Core Duties:
  • Assists attorneys with community outreach, initial client intake and case review, and ongoing litigation support, including investigation, organizing, translating and filing legal pleadings, assisting in document review and document management, and data entry and reporting.
  • Provides general administrative and office support for nonprofit law office. Responsible for receiving, handling or assigning, and monitoring all support requests from staff.
  • As a member of various legal teams, conducts telephone and in person intake in Spanish or English, interviews clients, opens and maintains electronic and paper case files, participates in fact gathering and appropriate referral, brief service, or advocacy.
  • Other duties as assigned.
 
Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited school.
  • Spanish/English bilingual in writing and speaking.
  • Attention to detail and keen organization skills.
  • Demonstrated passion for social justice and commitment to the vision of the Public Justice Center.
  • Ability to work under deadline and manage multiple tasks.

Preferred Attributes:
  • Experience with our client communities; ability to understand and sensitively respond to people seeking services in crisis situations.
  • Experience in law office/ litigation support.
  • Excellent use of MS Word and Excel required; database programs a plus. Strong ability to learn new programs and skills, and figure out how to use programs to get the work done well.
  • Strong problem solving abilities, time management, and organizational skills: the ability to manage complex assignments and work collegially with staff.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with others both in and outside of the PJC, including clients, other advocacy organizations, coalition members, governmental officials, and attorneys.
  • References required.
 
Compensation:
Competitive salary, depending on experience. Salary range begins at $32,000 plus $1,000 language bonus. A cafeteria benefit package is offered including options for health, dental, disability and life insurance, and retirement plans.

Applications:
Applications should be submitted as soon as possible. Applications will be accepted and interviews conducting on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. To apply, please submit by email only a cover letter explaining your interest, resume, two writing samples – in English and Spanish, and the names and telephone numbers of three references. Please send applications to Hannah Walsh at walshh@publicjustice.org  with “Paralegal applicant” in the subject line.

The Public Justice Center is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that encourages all interested persons to apply regardless of race, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.