Lead Paralegal Work Study Position

Domestic Violence Parenting Plan Clinic
Lead Paralegal
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
Qualifications:
 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
Benefits:
 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 nikki@lawadvocates.org. Please submit your application as soon as possible.
Contact: Please email nikki@lawadvocates.org or call 360-671-6079 x10 with any questions.