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Legal Assistant

Kentucky Equal Justice Center seeks two part-time Legal Assistants for its vibrant immigration law program at Maxwell Street Legal Clinic in Lexington. The Legal Assistants will help with client intake, file management, translations/interpreting, and general administrative tasks.

Duties and responsibilities

The Legal Assistant will:
  • Conduct client intake via telephone interviews in English and Spanish, as well as other languages through use of telephonic interpretation service
  • Meet daily with program attorney to discuss client eligibility for Clinic’s services
  • Schedule appointments with clients; refer clients to other service providers
  • Translate various documents between English and Spanish
  • Provide interpretation between English and Spanish during client consultations Create files for clients and input data related to legal cases into case management software
  • Perform various administrative tasks, e.g., answering calls, mailing closing letters, assisting with planning for fundraising events

Qualifications

The Legal Assistant should:
  • Have strong communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Be fluent in Spanish and English
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills Be comfortable working in a multi-cultural setting, sensitive to language and cultural issues
  • Have excellent organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Have strong computer skills and excellent attention to detail
  • Have some knowledge of internet communications tools
  • Be a self-starter in developing and carrying out activities Be able to take initiative and work independently, as well as in a team Have some knowledge of low-income issues and a commitment to social justice, particularly immigrants’ rights

Additional language skills, as well as prior experience with immigration law, the immigrant community, and/or case management software are also strongly preferred.

Salary and benefits

$13 to $16 an hour DOE. Part Time. 12 to 20 hours a week, depending on funding. Health and other fringe benefits not included.

Starting Date

August 7, 2017 or as soon as possible.

Application Deadline

June 30, 2017. Open until filled. Qualified candidates may be interviewed before the deadline.

Application instructions

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume and a list of three references to:

Leah Engle, Program Director Attorney
Maxwell Street Legal Clinic
leahengle@kyequaljustice.org

Please put “MSLC Legal Assistant” in the subject line of your email. For each reference, include a mailing address, phone number and email address. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

For more information

Contact Leah Engle at Maxwell Street Legal Clinic, 201 East Maxwell Street, Lexington, KY, 40508. Email: leahengle@kyequaljustice.org.


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VISTA Equal Justice Outreach Specialist

Kentucky Equal Justice Center seeks a VISTA member to serve as an Equal Justice Outreach Specialist. The member will join our creative outreach and communications teams. With the help of staff and community volunteers, the member will build, create and help recruit volunteers for:
  • Community education and prevention programs and partnerships addressing workers’ rights and family financial stability, with a focus on the Latino community
  • Monthly self-help wage claim clinics for workers faced with wage theft
  • Enhanced communications that engage and empower essential audiences

Audiences for communications include anti-poverty community partners, the media, donors and, most important, low-income working families themselves. The member will also receive training in tax preparation and during tax season will help manage an area site for free low-income tax assistance.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Equal Justice Outreach Specialist will:
  • Contact and meet with community-based partners to offer presentations for individuals and families (through libraries, schools, churches, job re-entry programs, homeless programs)
  • Update and improve presentations and materials on workers’ rights and emergency preparedness for immigrants in consultation with our Outreach Coordinator on health, Employment Law Attorney on workers’ rights and Immigration Attorney on immigrant rights and emergency preparedness
  • Reinforce existing partnerships and extend our outreach to new settings by delivering presentations in English and Spanish
  • Manage, refine and improve marketing, case flow, reporting systems and volunteer engagement in clinics and workshops for wage claims, tax prep and immigrant emergency preparedness
  • Build and operate infrastructure for communications, including a media list and press release template, enhanced list management protocols, quarterly newsletter designs and website improvements
  • Provide ongoing news content for essential audiences, including donors, advocacy partners, community service agencies and low income families
  • Engage in planning, marketing and logistics for our 40th anniversary celebration, including release of an online annual report and retrospective

Qualifications

The ideal Equal Justice Outreach Specialist will:
  • Have strong communication skills, both written and oral, with a focus on clear communications to public audiences
  • Be proficient speaking and writing in Spanish and English
  • Be comfortable speaking in front of groups • Have excellent interpersonal skills
  • Be comfortable working in a multi-cultural setting, sensitive to language and cultural issues
  • Have excellent organizational and problem-solving skills • Have strong computer skills and excellent attention to detail
  • Be well-versed in social media communications and broadcast email tools
  • Be a self-starter in developing and carrying out activities
  • Be able to take initiative and work independently, as well as in a team
  • Have some knowledge of low income issues and a commitment to social justice
  • Have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation

Proficiency in Spanish and English a must. Education, training or experience in journalism, communications, marketing, or community organizing a plus.

Stipend and Benefits

VISTA stipend of $973 a month plus individual health coverage and, if needed, child care. Members who complete 1,700 hours during the year are eligible for an educational bonus of $5,730 or a cash bonus of $125 for each month served.

Starting Date

Our VISTA member year will begin no later than August 28, 2017.

Application Deadline

June 16, 2017

Application Instructions

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume and a list of three references to:

Richard Seckel, Director
Kentucky Equal Justice Center
richseckel@kyequaljustice.org

Please put “Equal Justice Outreach Specialist” in the subject line of your email. For each reference, include a mailing address, phone number and email address. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

For more information

Contact Richard Seckel, Director, Kentucky Equal Justice Center, 201 West Short Street, Suite 310, Lexington, KY, 40507. Email: richseckel@kyequaljustice.org. Phone: 859-233-3057.


About Us

Kentucky Equal Justice Center was formed in 1976 to work with all of Kentucky’s civil legal services programs on statewide issues and projects. Today we are a flexible and responsive public interest advocacy organization with a wide variety of community partners. We convene periodic statewide task forces in four areas of poverty law—Consumer and Housing, Family, Welfare and Health and Workers’ Rights—and provide immigration law services through Maxwell Street Legal Clinic in Lexington. Our work includes policy advocacy in all these areas.

Maxwell Street Legal Clinic became a program of Kentucky Equal Justice Center in January, 2008. Launched in 1999 by community volunteers, the Clinic offers free or low cost advice and assistance with immigration law to low-income people and their families. The program helps people fleeing persecution in their home countries; immigrant victims of domestic violence, human trafficking and other crimes; youth who qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or Special Immigrant Juvenile Status; Lawful Permanent Residents and U.S. citizens seeking reunification with family members; and Lawful Permanent Residents seeking citizenship.