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ProBAR - Legal Assistant TX-CA

Company: American Bar Association
Location: Harlingen
Posted on: November 22, 2021

Job Description:

COVID-19 vaccination is required as a condition of employment (requests for reasonable accommodations for medical or religious reasons will be considered).During this current situation with COVID-19, the ABA will continue to accept and process applications for job opportunities. We will conduct our recruitment process via alternative means (virtual interviews) for the time being.The ABA recruits employees seeking opportunities for challenging and substantive work defending liberty and pursuing justice in the U.S. and around the world. The ABA offers competitive employment benefits which include medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, a 401(k), commuter benefits, and more.The Legal Assistant provides administrative and legal support to the office, such as typing, filing, preparation of routine reports, translating documents, scheduling appointments, answering and screening phone calls, responding to e-mails & information requests, maintaining updated data in department databases, preparing court exhibits for attorneys or accredited representatives, and case file organization as needed.The Organization: ProBAR empowers immigrants through high-quality legal education, representation, and connections to services. ProBAR serves immigrants in the Rio Grande Valley border region with a particular focus on the legal needs of adults and unaccompanied children in federal custody. Founded in 1989 as a project of the American Bar Association, ProBAR's office is located in Harlingen, TX. For more information about ProBAR, please visit our website: Job Summary/ General Purpose of JobAccountable for providing administrative and legal support to the office, such as typing, filing, preparation of routine reports, translating documents, scheduling appointments, answering and screening phone calls, respond to e-mails & information requests, preparing court exhibits for attorneys or accredited representative, and case file organization as needed. This position will require regular involvement with individuals' living in difficult circumstances and who may have experienced trauma.Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities (listed in order of importance and/or time spent)

  • Answers phone calls and screens callers to give appropriate information, referral, or assignment on the database.
  • Provides administrative support and assistance to assigned legal staff. Prepares legal filings, and documents (e.g., immigration applications, correspondence, translations, etc.) as directed.
  • Assesses the urgency of situations and determines appropriate actions, monitors status of pending items, and provides updates/feedback to appropriate legal team members.
  • Monitors case activities and maintains the data integrity of the case management systems.
  • Assists legal support staff, including paralegals and senior paralegals, and attorneys with tracking filing and other case-related deadlines.
  • Assists with referral of clients to pro bono counsel as directed. Conducts and assists with coordination and tracking of other legal services as necessary.
  • Accesses, processes, and ensures the confidentiality and control of client information.
  • Performs other related duties as required.Required Education, Qualifications, Experience
    • Possession of a high school diploma or GED.
    • One year experience using legal terminology, legal document formatting, and assisting with court filings.
    • Fluent in English and Spanish in written and spoken forms.
    • Intermediate proficiency with online research and Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, OneDrive, SharePoint, Teams)
    • Must be familiar with conducting virtual meetings, training, and observations on software such as Zoom, Teams, etc.
    • Must be able to pick up on client verbal and non-verbal cues.
    • Participates in cross-functional team collaborations, demonstrating cultural awareness, and promoting a positive and respectful work atmosphere in a fast-paced and detailed-oriented environment.
    • Must have reliable transportation to travel between office and off-site work locations.
    • This position requires the ability to travel to and enter care provider facilities funded by the office of Refugee Resettlement, Administration for Children and Families, United States Department of Health and Human Services which provide housing and services to unaccompanied children. This position will require the provision of legal services to unaccompanied children in such care provider facilities. In accordance with the federal regulation, background check will be required for this position.Preferred Education, Qualifications, Experience
      • Possession of an associate's or higher degree from an accredited U.S. institution in paralegal studies, criminal justice, political science, or related field and 1 year work experience.
      • Prior work experience with children, particularly from Central America and including indigenous language speaking populations.
      • Prior volunteer, community, or work experience regarding immigration or detention.
      • Prior non-profit experience, particularly involving immigration detention.Physical RequirementsTypical office setting with frequent visits at immigration detention facilities and immigration court. Continuously operates a computer and other office machinery, such as telephone, copy machine, and computer printer.TravelAs a normal course of business, this job will typically require travel of less than 15% of the time.Benefits Offered
        • Medical and prescription insurance
        • Dental insurance
        • Vision insurance
        • Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
        • Voluntary life insurance
        • Short and long term disability insurance
        • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
        • Prepaid Legal Plan
        • 401(k)
        • Paid company holidays
        • Personal time off
        • Vacation time off
        • PSLF ParticipantThe Location: ProBAR is located in the Rio Grande Valley, a thriving region that boasts a rich culture, affordable cost of living, subtropical climate, and beautiful natural areas to enjoy. Recent growth has brought the RGV unprecedented investments in higher education and scientific research. Three local airports connect RGV residents to destinations around the country while Mexico is only a short drive away. The region's delicious food, world-class nature parks, and the beaches of South Padre Island provide ample opportunities to relax and recharge!COVID-19 Response: ProBAR leadership has responded proactively to support the health and wellbeing of our staff and the individuals we serve. We are currently providing the majority of our legal services remotely while telecommuting. During this period of remote work, we continue to accept applications and interview for open positions.The Application Process: Submit an online application including your cover letter and resume.Hiring rage based on experience: $32,200.00 to $35,080.00.The American Bar Association is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities.Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for a position with the American Bar Association please call or contact .Flexible/hybrid work arrangements may be available for residents of CA, IL, IN, DC, MD, VA, and TX. Residency requirements may apply.Job Type: Full-time

Keywords: American Bar Association, Harlingen , ProBAR - Legal Assistant TX-CA, Legal , Harlingen, Texas

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