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HRI currently has 1 job opportunity available.

Legal Assistant and Case Management Coordinator

Part-Time (20 hr/wk), Temporary,  non-exempt, $15/hr.

Organization Mission:  Human Rights Initiative of North Texas (“HRI”) provides legal and support services to refugees and immigrants who have suffered human rights abuses, advocates for justice and promotes international human rights.

Organization Core Values:

  • Belief in the basic human rights of all people.
  • Respect for the worth and dignity of individuals.
  • Professionalism in our approach to pro bono legal and other service delivery.
  • Accountability to clients, supporters, and the public.
  • Respect for other cultures and U.S. law.
  • Responsiveness to individual client needs.

 Position Description: The Legal Assistant and Case Management Coordinator provides general office, administrative, and case management support for our Immigrant Children’s program.

 Essential Job Qualifications

  • At least 1-2 years of previous experience in a law firm or office setting, required.
  • Native or professional working level proficiency in English and Spanish, required – level of fluency will be tested.
  • Paralegal Certificate from an ABA-approved program (preferred, not required)
  • Must be committed to and enthusiastic about human rights and the mission and values of HRI, including wanting to work with traumatized adult and child victims of abuse and violence.
  • Demonstrated computer proficiency using Microsoft Office suite, and ability to learn new computer applications as needed
  • Strong writing and legal drafting skills
  • Strong public speaking and interpersonal skills
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and a positive attitude
  • Ability to work as a part of a team and independently, with a high level of self-motivation
  • Ability to work efficiently in a fast-paced environment and complete job duties with a close attention to detail
  • Creative problem solving skills
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills, as well as ability to juggle competing priorities
  • Previous experience in working directly with clients and ability to provide exceptional customer service
  • Must be extremely professional in appearance and work ethic.

Assigned Responsibilities, Duties—Legal Assistant

  • Open and close cases in case management database and in physical files
  • Maintain current records in both case management database and physical files (scan and file all correspondence, notices, and all other documents received or sent)
  • Draft correspondence to clients, pro bono attorneys, and government agencies
  • Draft forms and pleadings for attorney review as needed
  • Assist pro bono attorneys with procedural questions and issues under HRI attorney supervision; review applications, affidavits, and pleadings and provide feedback
  • Update case logs and send to attorneys weekly; check EOIR hotline for all clients in removal proceedings—update hearing dates and EAD clock progress; monitor all pending applications
  • Monitor eligibility to apply for supporting relief; calendar eligibility dates in case management database
  • Process clients’ changes of address and/or telephone number– update case management software, communicate with pro bono attorneys, and submit required forms
  • Work with Client Intake Manager to schedule all primary relief intake appointments, coordinate and assign 1st and 2nd chairs (1st chair: attorneys; 2nd chair: interns, volunteers, staff) for all intake appointments, and calendar all intakes in case management database (e.g., asylum, VAWA, U-Visa, SIJS)
  • Conduct supporting relief intakes, prepare application packets, and meet with clients to execute applications (e.g., employment authorizations, green cards, asylee relative petitions)
  • Follow up with and update status for potential clients every two weeks and update attorneys; collect and review documents for potential clients
  • Create and send client packets for pro bono attorneys
  • Conduct limited legal research and provide memorandum of law (as needed)
  • Phone coverage as needed and general office support
  • Draft and send letter to declined clients; close matters in case management database
  • Schedule appointments with clients, pro bono attorneys, and HRI attorneys as needed; calendar all appointment in case management database
  • Respond to all correspondence received from detainees

Assigned Responsibilities, Duties—Case Management Coordinator

  • Become proficient in case management software; train staff, interns, and volunteers as needed
  • Update case statistics and provide staff with weekly reports
  • Maintain an ongoing spreadsheet of all cases with demographic information
  • Complete comprehensive case and demographics report annually
  • Respond to requests for statistics as needed

Supervisor: Immigrant Children’s Project Attorney

To apply for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter to Marcela Evans, Immigrant Children’s Project Attorney, at mevans@hrionline.org

The deadline to apply is June 23, 2017.

NO PHONE CALLS WILL BE ACCEPTED