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Legal Assistant | Bellingham Office

The Northwest Justice Project (NJP) is a not-for-profit law firm whose mission is to combat injustice, strengthen communities and promote human dignity through high quality legal representation, community partnerships, education and other advocacy to mitigate systemic barriers experienced by our client communities. NJP’s Bellingham office seeks a full-time, experienced legal assistant to support our fast-paced field office and attorneys.  The primary practice areas include family law, housing, consumer, and public benefits.  This is a full-time position.
  • Prepare and edit correspondence, legal pleadings and other documents independently and consistent with attorney instructions.
  • Maintain legal files and records.
  • Manage litigation and office calendars.
  • Assist in filing pleadings, recording documents and arranging service of process.
  • Assist in client communication, fact development, limited computer-assisted legal research and community outreach/education where appropriate.
  • Perform investigative work (research facts, gather discovery, access data bases etc.) as requested.
  • Maintain a professional working relationship with our clients and the community.
  • Perform reception duties: Assist with individuals clients coming into office seeking services;  answer telephones
  • Clerical/administrative/other office tasks assigned.
  • Will travel to Mount Vernon twice monthly to assist office staff in satellite location. 
  • Qualified applicants should have a demonstrated experience and knowledge of family law procedure, including family law local rules.
  • Experience working with mandatory family law forms
  • Working knowledge of federal and state rules and procedures.
  • Possess good organizational/time management skills: successfully manage multiple duties/tasks and deadlines and prioritize work.
  • Demonstrated intermediate/advanced computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel and Outlook and be open to learning new software applications.
  • Use and operate office machines such as copiers, scanners, etc. effectively.
  • Be accurate and detail-oriented.
  • Possess strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrate cultural competence and sensitivity in working with diverse clients, communities, and colleagues.
  • Manage stress and work calmly under pressure.
  • Ability to work within a team environment and to work independently.
  • Must have transportation to Skagit County office (Mt. Vernon).
  • Spanish fluency strongly preferred.
NJP has an organizational commitment to fight racism and to incorporate equity and inclusion in both the work we do and work environment we create. All staff are expected to uphold this commitment and approach their role with a desire to learn and grow in this area.
Starting salary is based upon years of experience, with an annual salary range starting at $ 41,520.   We offer a comprehensive benefits package which includes 100% paid employee health premiums and significant premium shares for family health premiums, as well as generous time off.
Hours of work:  9:00 – 5:00, Monday through Friday
TO APPLY:  Interested candidates should send a cover letter and current resume to: Angela Brooks at Email subject line should clearly reference “Legal Assistant Bellingham” position. Cover letter should include description of relevant experience including personal or professional engagement with low income and diverse communities. 
Application deadline: May 28, 2019.
The Northwest Justice Project is committed to a policy of equal opportunity in an environment free of barriers and discriminatory practices for its client communities, Board and staff. NJP actively promotes mutual respect, acceptance, teamwork and productivity among people who are diverse in work background, experience, race, color, national origin, sex, age, religious preference, marital status, sexual orientation, sensory, mental or physical abilities, veteran status, or any other perceived differences. This policy strengthens the program while reinforcing its commitment to basic fairness. People of color, people who identify as transgender, lesbian, gay, or bisexual, and those with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.