Paralegal III — Harlingen

A paralegal is needed to work in the Harlingen office of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc.  The successful candidate must be able to work in a fast-paced environment and must be bilingual.  The Paralegal will represent low-income clients in various legal matters and assist attorneys in all aspects of their cases.   A strong belief in the concept of equal justice for poor persons is paramount to this position.   The paralegal duties include the following:

 

  • Conduct eligibility and substantive interviews in person and by telephone for applicants with legal issues. Interviews may at times take place outside the regular office setting;
  • Provide basic information and referrals to applicants, including those ineligible for services;
  • Maintain accurate and complete client files and administrative records, including data entry into client database and other requirements, such as timekeeping;
  • Provide direct representation of clients in administrative or judicial proceedings as Person-in-Charge of individual cases;
  • Provide litigation support and other support to attorneys as directed;
  • Maintain a client caseload, exercising independent professional judgment under the direction and supervision of an attorney on all aspects of each individual case
  • Operate under the supervision of a Team Manager or Branch Manager;
  • Interview clients and witnesses;
  • Conduct follow-up of assigned cases, including investigating facts and researching law;
  • Serve process and subpoenas;
  • Prepare legal documents;
  • Notarize legal documents;
  • Attend and participate in community group meetings and educational forums to conduct intake and make community legal education presentations;
  • Prepare legal educational materials;
  • Translate;
  • Prepare administrative reports required by TRLA;
  • Any other duties required by the Branch or Team Manager.

Qualifications:

 

  • Must be bilingual in English and Spanish;
  • Degree in relevant field preferred;
  • Excellent oral and writing skills;
  • Word processing, Internet, and office skills required;
  • Have valid driver’s license and available transportation;
  • Possess verbal, reading and writing skills in English and Spanish sufficient to communicate fluently with clients and to translate lengthy written documents, primarily from Spanish to English