Atlanta Legal Aid Society seeks a Paralegal for the Health Law Partnership (“HeLP”). HeLP is a community-based, medical-legal partnership between Georgia State University College of Law, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, a non-profit law firm. HeLP aims to improve the health and well-being of low-income children, who are patients at Scottish Rite, Egleston, Hughes Spalding, the Center for Advanced Pediatrics, and Children’s clinics and physician offices, by coordinating services to address legal, social and economic conditions threatening their health.
HeLP represents clients in a variety of civil law problems including public benefits and health insurance, disability-related issues, access to appropriate educational services, poor housing conditions, and family law matters. HeLP also coordinates with and trains doctors, social workers, and other health care professionals; recruits and trains volunteer attorneys; works with students in law, medicine, social work, public health, and bioethics; and participates in task forces and committees of other service providers.
Responsibilities: The paralegal is responsible for case intake/management including answering the phone, conducting initial client intakes and interviews, gathering documentation, presenting cases at case acceptance meetings; data management including entering case information into Legal Aid’s client data base and retrieving data from the CMDS database; preparing reports for funders, advisory council, medical staff and hospital administration; file management including scanning documents into client data base, filing and archiving closed cases; providing clients with information and advice under the supervision of an attorney; assisting with document preparation and organization including trial binders; reviewing medical records; notarizing documents; interviewing, onboarding and training new staff, volunteers, interns and externs; drafting client stories; and general office responsibilities.
Qualifications: An undergraduate degree or paralegal certificate is preferred but not required. Candidates should possess strong organizational skills; excellent computer skills; attention to detail; ability to see tasks through to completion; excellent writing skills; the ability to communicate effectively with children, families, doctors, social workers, and hospital staff; knowledge of health law, poverty law and children’s legal issues; and a demonstrated interest in or experience working with low-income persons and/or persons with serious health issues. The ability to work in a team and alone, adaptability, and appreciation of diversity are required. Previous experience with program administration and law office management software, and proficiency in Spanish and a willingness to improve language skills are highly valued.
Salary and Benefits: The salary is $34,500+ depending on experience. The program provides generous fringe benefits, including paid holidays, paid time off including 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 per month deductible and set off of other loan reimbursement amounts); voluntary tax-sheltered annuity with 3% match. Legal Aid offers a hybrid work schedule that allows staff to work 2 days remotely subject to management approval and a probationary employment period.
Application Requirements: Submit a letter of interest; resume; recent writing sample; official school transcript; and the names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three professional references to: https://atlantalegalaid.org/about-us/jobs/
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