The Atlanta Legal Aid Society, a 75-lawyer non-profit law firm for low-income persons with civil legal problems in the 5-county metropolitan Atlanta area, seeks a paralegal to work in its Home Defense Program. The Home Defense Program is a specialty unit that focuses on predatory mortgage lending and servicing cases, foreclosure defense, loan modifications, and home purchase and sale scams. The Home Defense Program is housed in Legal Aid’s Decatur office and is currently comprised of four attorneys, two housing counselors/paralegals, and a paralegal.
Home Defense Program staff assist low-income individuals and families to prevent the loss of the home through foreclosure, predatory lending, or home sale scams. HDP attorneys use a variety of advocacy methods, including brief service, advice and referral, negotiation, mediation, litigation, and community education.
Duties: The HDP paralegal will screen clients requesting legal assistance, conduct initial interviews, and complete questionnaires relating to homeownership and mortgage issues; research public records; conduct deed and lien searches; maintain a database of client and case data, accurately enter new case information into Legal Aid’s client database and other databases for grant compliance purposes; track cases to ensure proper documentation is gathered; prepare monthly, quarterly, and annual reports required by funding sources; handle internal referrals; maintain outreach schedule and community education materials; organize, maintain, and manage files, including scanning documents into client database, filing and archiving closed cases; assist attorneys with document preparation, organization, trial binders, notarization, and document requests; support litigation and non-litigation cases; assist attorneys during deed and settlement agreement execution; assist and support attorneys in deposition, hearing and trial logistics, including arranging court reporters and preparing exhibits; train new employees and interns on case management systems and establish their account login; request computer access for new employee and interns from the IT department; maintain and track volunteer information; do copying, scanning, e-mailing, faxing, and mailing; and perform other paralegal and clerical work.
Qualifications: Job requires an industrious, dependable, detail-oriented person with excellent computer skills. A high level of proficiency with Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Google Drive, word processing, and accurate data entry is required. Candidates should have at least two years of work experience in an office environment, strong organizational skills and meticulous attention to detail, experience with law office management software, data collection and review, and a demonstrated interest or experience working with low-income persons. Candidates with substantive knowledge of legal issues relevant to ALAS clients are encouraged to apply. Excellent communication and listening skills, constructive attitude toward supervision, ability to work on a team and alone, adaptability, and appreciation of diversity are required. An undergraduate degree is preferred but not required. Proficiency in Spanish is highly valued.
Terms: The starting salary for this position is $31,500+, depending upon experience. The program provides generous fringe benefits, including paid holidays, vacation, sick, and paid parental leave; health, life, and long and short-term disability insurance; partial payment for dependent health insurance; a salary reduction option for a flexible spending account; educational loan reimbursement up to $600 per month (after a $65 deductible and set off of other loan reimbursement amounts); and a tax-sheltered annuity with 3% match.
To apply: A complete application packet must include a letter of application, résumé, recent writing sample, an official transcript, and the names and contact information (including e-mail addresses) of 3 professional references. (A student copy is acceptable, pending your order of an official transcript.) Please send your application as one PDF document, using our online application system:
Your application will be acknowledged, please no phone calls.
EOE: ALAS considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, or sexual orientation.