Legal Secretary - Housing
Job Details
Experienced
Modesto - Modesto, CA
Temporary - Long Term
High School
$14.85 - $26.44 Hourly
None
Day
Legal

WHO WE ARE: Founded in 1966, CRLA’s mission is to fight for justice and individual rights alongside the most exploited communities of our society. Through a network of regional offices and cross-cutting programs, CRLA provides legal services to over 42,000 low-income people annually. Our work impacts farm workers, individuals with disabilities, immigrant populations, LGBT communities, women, children and families in rural areas.


Position:                            Legal Secretary
Experience:                        1+ years of experience as a Legal Secretary or equivalent
Application Deadline:         Open until filled
Location:                             CRLA Stockton & Modesto Offices             

Term of Employment:         Temporary, Long Term (Ending June 30, 2021), Full-Time
Other:                                 FLSA Non-Exempt, Union Position


The Legal Secretary (LS) manages all communications, correspondence, typing legal documents, filing, travel, calendar, and general organizational matters within the local office as they relate to Housing matters.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Answer phones, screen callers, and assist callers with housing matters, and coordinate interns assisting with these tasks.
  • Perform other office duties as assigned, including assisting with the new applicant and client intake process for housing matters.
  • Enter case information into Case Management System (CMS), including but not limited to case notes and other internally required information. 
  • Assure that legal deadlines are met in the processing of legal documents
  • Maintain the court and appointment calendar
  • Maintain/archive confidential client files, arranges for confidential document destruction as directed.
  • Draft a variety of legal correspondence, forms, petitions, pleadings, motions and discovery and informational materials.
  • File documents with the court, stay up to date with local court rules and procedural requirements for litigation.
  • Maintain follow-up records relating to housing legal matters in process and ensure that deadlines are met.
  • Perform other law office duties as assigned. 

Qualifications:

  • One (1) year of experience as Legal Secretary or equivalent experience providing administrative support
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with all staff, clients and community organizations
  • Type 55-60 wpm, efficiently and correctly into case management system
  • Knowledgeable with Windows/Microsoft Office, Internet, Legal Server and web based programs
  • Knowledgeable of office equipment such as copiers, facsimile machines and scanners
  • Ability to maintain client confidentiality of personnel and administrative records
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Knowledge of law office management
  • Bilingual (English & Spanish) highly preferred

Preferred Education and Experience:

A highly qualified and desirable candidate would also have the following:

  • Experience working with low-income families and communities.
  • Experience in a non-profit legal services environment.
  • Prior experience in legal services.

This job description is not designed to contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


COMPENSATION & BENEFITS:

Based on work experience and qualifications; generous benefits package includes Medical, Dental, Vision, Disability, Life Insurance, and 401K retirement plan contribution. Fourteen (14) paid Holidays, generous vacation and sick leave policy.


California Rural Legal Assistance thrives on our diversity and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building a culturally diverse workplace and strongly encourage women, persons of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, veterans, persons with disabilities, and persons from other underrepresented groups to apply.

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