Domestic Violence Parenting Plan Clinic
Work Study Position Description
LAW Advocates’ Mission: Provide free civil legal assistance to low income Whatcom County residents.
The Domestic Violence Parenting Plan Clinic is a “self-help” legal clinic for low-income survivors of domestic violence hosted at the LAW Advocates office in downtown Bellingham.
The Lead Paralegal must be a student in the Paralegal Studies Program at Whatcom Community College with a Work Study award.
The Lead Paralegal supports the Domestic Violence Parenting Plan Clinic Contract Attorney and provides leadership to our team of paralegal volunteers. The Lead Paralegal will gain experience preparing legal documents, interacting with clients, developing efficient systems in a legal aid office, and supervising a small team of volunteers. Under the supervision of the Contract Attorney, the Lead Paralegal will help clients to build confidence to file legal documents, properly serve the other party, and represent themselves in court proceedings.
Wage: $13.50 per hour
Location: LAW Advocates office: 1415 Commercial St. Bellingham, WA 98225
Hours: 8-16 hours per week, depending on Work Study award: Tuesdays 9:30 am – 1:00 pm and Thursdays 10:00 am – 12:30 pm, plus additional hours if available; we can be somewhat flexible for the right candidate, but some availability on Tuesday and/or Thursday mornings is required.
Commitment: At least 2 quarters; preference given to candidates who can commit to 3 quarters
Responsible to: Contract Attorney, Programs Manager
Duties and Learning Opportunities:
Coordinate receipt of referrals from Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services
Coordinate cases with Contract Attorney and Paralegal Volunteers
Conduct initial client intakes by phone
Call clients to set up attorney-client appointments
Make phone and text reminders for appointments and hearings
Observe attorney-client meetings
Be part of the legal-reasoning process
Draft family law documents
Prepare documents for filing and service
Accompany clients to the courthouse to file
Maintain accurate case notes in LAW Advocates’ case management software, LegalServer
Gain experience with FamilySoft software
Close cases and archive case files electronically
Track case outcomes and send evaluation forms to clients
Offer feedback to the Programs Manager and Contract Attorney for improving services
Other duties as assigned
Current student in the Paralegal Studies program at Whatcom Community College
Eligible for Work Study
Interest in serving LAW Advocates’ Mission
Comfortable working with survivors of domestic violence and asking about domestic violence
Ability to volunteer on Tuesdays and Thursdays
Ability to make at least a two-quarter commitment
Appreciation for the sensitive nature of the confidential information and ability to maintain confidentiality
Ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds and maintain a positive working relationship with staff members, volunteers, and clients
Ability to serve as a positive and professional representative of LAW Advocates
Computer literacy and willingness to learn new software (training provided)
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Independent worker not needing close supervision; good judgment
Dependable, organized, and detail oriented
Gain paralegal experience and leadership experience while helping low-income survivors of domestic violence and their families
Help LAW Advocates provide essential legal aid to low-income people in our community
Internship credit may be available depending on your school/program requirements
To Apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter addressing why you are interested and why you are a good fit for this position to: Nikki D’Onofrio, Programs Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please submit your application as soon as possible.
Contact: Please email email@example.com or call 360-671-6079 x10 with any questions.
Domestic Violence Parenting Plan Clinic