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
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.
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.
To apply, please email a cover letter, resume and a list of three references to:
Leah Engle, Program Director Attorney
Maxwell Street Legal Clinic
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.