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Legal Assistant  

 

Kentucky Equal Justice Center seeks a part-time Legal Assistant for its vibrant immigration law program at Maxwell Street Legal Clinic in Lexington.  The Legal Assistant 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 into legal 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.

 

Location

Maxwell Street Legal Clinic, 315 Lexington Ave., Lexington, KY 40508

Salary and benefits 

 

$15 to $16.50 an hour DOE. Part Time.12 to 20 hours a week, depending on funding.  Health and other fringe benefits not included.   

 

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.

 

Application deadline

February 10, 2020.  Open until filled.  Qualified candidates may be interviewed before the deadline.

 

For more information

  

Contact Leah Engle at Maxwell Street Legal Clinic, 315 Lexington Ave., Lexington, KY, 40508. Email:  leahengle@kyequaljustice.org. 

Diversity Statement


KEJC welcomes your application. Employees shall be selected entirely on a nondiscriminatory basis with respect to age, ancestry, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender, gender identity, limited English proficiency, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status and all other categories provided nondiscriminatory treatment by law, statute, or ordinance.

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.

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