The Legal Aid Society’s Employment Law Unit is looking for suitable candidates for the position of Paralegal Casehandler.

About the Organization

The Employment Law Unit represents low-wage and unemployed workers on a wide range of employment-related problems including unpaid wages, minimum and overtime wage violations, unemployment insurance, discrimination (including criminal records discrimination), and FMLA violations. The Unit also advocates on behalf of low-wage workers to remove barriers to employment. The Unit works closely with numerous community-based organizations that serve immigrant and low- wage workers.

About the Position

The Legal Aid Society’s Civil Practice has a Paralegal Casehandler position available in the Employment Law Unit. The Paralegal Casehandler will be expected to interview clients, review documents, prepare witnesses to testify, prepare for cross-examination, research and prepare closing statements, and draft appeals.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Provide direct assistance to clients in the employment law area
  • Interview and assess client requests for services
  • Represent clients at UI hearings and appeals
  • Represent clients at administrative hearings to remove barriers to employment, including but not limited to hearings regarding security guard licenses and placement on the Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment
  • Analyze documents
  • Advocate with state agencies, including but not limited to the NYS Department of Labor, the
  • NYS Department of State, and the NYS Office of Children and Family Services
  • Assist with litigation tasks
  • Assist with removing barriers to employment for workers with criminal records histories
  • Policy advocacy on behalf of clients
  • Conduct off-site community outreach work and training, including during evening hours

Essential Requirements

  • Paralegal certificate from an ABA accredited school or a Bachelor’s degree in relevant field
  • Experience in and/or commitment to advocacy on behalf of low-income people is strongly desired
  • Strong writing, verbal, organization, and computer skills
  • Proficiency in Spanish and other languages other than English is strongly preferred, but not required



How to Apply?

Submit these documents as a single combined PDF when you apply via the LAS (Legal Aid Society) Recruitment Portal.

  • Cover letter
  • Resume

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