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Legal Assistant | MLP/Seattle

The Northwest Justice Project (NJP) is a not-for-profit law firm whose mission is to secure justice through high quality legal advocacy that promotes the long-term well-being of low-income individuals, families and communities through legal representation, community partnerships, education and other advocacy. 

NJP seeks an experienced legal assistant to join its Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) team of five advocates and one legal assistant in Seattle. The two legal assistants share the responsibility of supporting the five advocates. This is a full-time, grant-based position, and is privately funded through long-time partnerships with Seattle Children’s Hospital and Harborview Hospital. 

The MLP Legal Assistant will maintain a professional working relationship with colleagues, program partners, the client community, the legal community and the community-at-large, will understand and demonstrate sensitivity to the needs of low-income persons, will want to work in a challenging, fast-paced mission-driven environment, and understand program accountability as a publicly funded service entity. 

SUMMARY OF DUTIES: 

  • Conduct new client intake, using NJP’s electronic case management system. 
  • Independently prepare correspondence, legal pleadings and other documents from notes and instructions from legal advocates, as well as from a working knowledge of state and federal court rules. 
  • Track new MLP referrals and prepare weekly meeting agendas. 
  • Send new referrals to the MLP screener and work in collaboration with the screener to ensure timely screening and scheduling. 
  • Manage litigation, mediation and outreach calendar for legal advocates. 
  • Coordinate scheduling for advocates with interpreters and clients. 
  • Maintain client files and records, including maintenance of electronic files, consistent with program policy and funding requirements. 
  • Serve as a liaison between MLP legal advocates and project partner staff, including medical providers, social workers, and program coordinator. 
  • May be asked to perform additional tasks that may include aspects of case fact development, data base maintenance and computer assisted legal research. 
  • Demonstrate cultural competence and sensitivity in working with diverse clients, communities, and colleagues. 
  • Assist in the collection and management of evaluation data and program information as needed for grant compliance and reporting to partners, funders, and other stakeholders. 
  • Attend out of office meetings at partner health clinics and with project partner staff and the MLP advisory committee, as necessary. 

Minimum qualifications for all successful applicants include:  

  • Prior experience in a legal setting providing support to advocates strongly preferred 
  • Knowledge of technical legal terms, legal forms and documents and be conversant with the requirements of legal process. 
  • Possess advanced computer skills in word processing and the ability and interest in learning new software applications, including data management systems. 
  • Proficient keyboarding skills including both accuracy and speed. 
  • Bilingual in English and another language strongly preferred, including but not limited to Spanish, Somali, Vietnamese, and Amharic. 
  • Knowledge of or familiarity with immigrant and refugee communities also desired. 

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, beginning at $41,520 annually. 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.

TO APPLY:  Submit cover letter and resume to resume@nwjustice.org. Cover letter and email subject line should clearly reference “Legal Assistant - MLP”. Cover letter should include description of any past experience, personal or professional, with low income or other marginalized communities. The Northwest Justice Project is especially interested in qualified candidates whose professional, personal and/or service experience allow them to contribute to and support the legal aid community’s commitment to race equity. Closing date for applications: March 1, 2019

NJP is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and fosters an environment free of barriers and discriminatory practices. NJP actively promotes mutual respect, acceptance, teamwork and productivity. NJP is committed to maintaining an organization whose staff, Board and clients are diverse in background, experience, race, color, national origin, gender, age, religious reference, marital status, sexual orientation, sensory, mental or physical abilities, veteran status, and other qualities that strengthen 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. Individuals needing a reasonable accommodation for the application or interview process or for more information about the project should contact Angela Brooks at (206) 707-0944.