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Legal Assistant | King County

 
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 to opportunity experienced by our client communities. NJP’s King County’s Consumer, Housing, Employment, and Education unit office seeks a full-time, experienced legal assistant to support our fast paced field office and attorneys.  This is a fulltime position.
 
JOB DUTIES:
  • Support dynamic and energetic group of legal aid attorneys and paralegals representing clients on a wide range of civil legal needs.
  • Understand and sympathize the stresses experienced by clients who are impacted by poverty, mental health, substance abuse, domestic strife, and other barriers. 
  • Prepare and maintain case files according to attorney/advocates preferences.
  • Prepare and edit correspondence, legal pleadings and other documents independently and consistent with attorney/advocate instructions. 
  • Maintain legal files and detailed records in the electronic case management system. 
  • File pleadings, briefs and other court documents; arrange service of process
  • Assist in client communication, case development, and limited research.
  • Perform certain clerical duties: answer telephones, make appointments, manage calendars, take messages, and answer inquiries.
  • Coordinate community outreach/education events and trainings.
  • Develop working knowledge of consumer, housing, employment and education cases and projects in order to respond to client needs and questions.
  • Gain knowledge of referral resources to help clients access other legal and human services providers or appropriate organizations. 
QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Prior experience as a legal assistant or legal secretary preferred.
  • Good organizational /time management skills: must successfully manage multiple duties, tasks, and deadlines. 
  • Ability to prioritize work and perform administrative tasks such as ordering supplies, bank account reconciliation, office organization, etc.
  • Knowledge or commitment to learn court filing protocols; legal forms, documents, and citation; and federal, state, and appellate court rules. 
  • Demonstrate intermediate to advanced computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel and Outlook and be open to learning new software applications.
  • Accurate and detail-oriented, with the ability to give and receive feedback effectively. 
  • Openness to interact with at-risk clients facing crisis.
  • Manage stress and work calmly under pressure.
  • Possess strong written communication skills.
  • Desire to work collaboratively.
  • Demonstrate cultural competence and sensitivity in working with diverse clients, communities, and colleagues. 
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.
 
COMPENSATION:  
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 resume@nwjustice.org. Email subject line should clearly reference “Legal Assistant – King County”
position. Cover letter should include description of relevant experience including personal or professional engagement with low income and diverse communities. 
Application deadline: March 19, 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.