Hourly Rate: $24-$28/hourly depending on experience
Disability Law Colorado is committed to making its services more accessible to Spanish-speaking communities. We seek a bilingual paralegal who is is fluent in writing and speaking in Spanish and English in a legal setting. The paralegal will assist attorneys and advocates with legal issues, including drafting of pleadings and letters, legal research, exhibits, and file organization. The paralegal processes mail for the legal team and supports intake with documents. The paralegal manages on-site case files. The paralegal also assists the legal team with updating its toolkits and materials, and offers translation and interpretation services across the organization as needed. The paralegal sometimes provides administrative assistance for general agency operations in conjunction with the Operations Manager. This position is part-time and hourly for a candidate interested in 16-20 hours of work weekly.
The Bilingual Paralegal reports directly to the Self-Advocacy and Intake Attorney Team Leader. The paralegal has no direct reports. The paralegal will collaborate across the organization.
The following duties are an overview of the primary duties and responsibilities of the Bilingual Paralegal and should not be considered an all-inclusive list:
- Provides administrative assistance with DLC’s intake process and creation of intake documents.
- Manages, organizes, and maintains documents in paper or electronic filing systems for attorneys and advocates.
- Drafts and proofreads correspondence, toolkits, consumer materials, and legal documents, such as pleadings, releases, and retainer agreements.
- Translates documents from English into Spanish (and vice versa), as needed, and ensures quality of translations by outside vendors, as appropriate.
- Provides Spanish interpretation services, as needed, and ensures quality of interpretation by outside vendors, as appropriate.
- Communicates with clients and witnesses to schedule meetings, interviews, and depositions.
- Provides discovery support in administrative hearing, state and federal litigation, class actions, and appellate litigation.
- Collects, examines, and organizes evidence and other legal documents for attorney review, case preparation, and for any administrative hearing, litigation, class actions, and appellate proceedings.
- Ensures quality of case files they create.
- Researches regulations, laws, and legal articles to assist with the preparation of reports, case files, and legal advice.
- Assists with producing data and reports, as needed.
- Works collaboratively in a team environment with a spirit of cooperation.
- Exhibits work performance consistent with the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct and the National Disability Rights Network’s Standards.
- Exercises discretion, good judgment, and ethical approaches in job performance.
- Assists with general administrative duties in support of agency operations and the fiscal office, when there are gaps in staffing coverage.
- Performs other duties, as assigned by the attorney team leader, Executive Director, or Director of Legal Services.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The individual must also possess these qualifications:
- Ability to work independently in a hybrid or remote environment, as well as under general supervision and on a team.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Demonstration of appropriate and professional behavior in working with members of the public who may often be in crisis or frustrated with service availability.
- A commitment to understanding and updating knowledge about disability legal issues, including how to work with people with disabilities of all kinds.
- Diligence and attention to detail in maintaining accurate records and following records retention guidelines.
- Commitment to providing services and advocacy that are focused on continuous improvement, the values of the Protection and Advocacy System, integrity, disability justice, equity, inclusion, and diversity.
- Expertise using Microsoft Office products and other technology, such as Zoom, printers, scanners, file-sharing platforms, databases, timekeeping software, and other applications required to perform the essential functions of the job.
- Ability to triage multiple responsibilities, adapt to client needs (e.g., communication, language, cultural, disability access), remain highly organized, foster collaborative problem-solving, strengthen relationships, and address external and internal concerns and needs.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality.
- Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in Paralegal Studies/paralegal certificate or a related field combined with one year of work experience in a legal setting or at least two years of work experience as a paralegal.
- Written and spoken fluency in Spanish and English in a legal setting to provide effective translation and interpretation supports to the agency.
- A minimum of 6 months previous experience assisting attorneys with discovery and litigation.
- Ability to work from the Denver office 3-4 days/week for some portion of the work hours to process mail, documents, and scanning. (The bilingual paralegal should expect to spend about one hour daily potentially on mail. Disability Law Colorado is open normal business hours M-Th.)
The following qualifications are highly desired to advance DLC’s work, but they are not required:
- Experience working in a nonprofit setting.
- Ability to get suitability clearance from the Social Security Administration within the first six months on the job and the ability to maintain that credential.
- Experience collaborating with people with disabilities.
- Experience as a professional interpreter or translator.
- Experience developing materials that are linguistically, culturally, and disability accessible and relevant.
- Experience working on federal grants.
Applicants for this position must live in Colorado or be willing to relocate to Colorado before they begin the position.
While DLC promotes a mostly remote and flexible work environment, the Bilingual Paralegal will need to process mail and files at the Denver office 3-4 days/week. The person in this position should expect that their job will be a mix of in-person and remote, depending on the legal team’s needs and workflow. DLC is searching for a candidate that can work at least 16 hours weekly, up to 20 hours weekly with a consistent schedule.
DLC provides equipment to employees to work successfully in a remote environment, including, but not limited to, laptops and phones.
DLC provides reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of their jobs and participate in the recruitment and interview processes. For support with the application process, please contact Esther Brieno at firstname.lastname@example.org.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
This position is hourly, withing the range of $24-$28/hourly, depending on experience. The position is part-time and is not benefits eligible. However, there is free parking at the Denver office.
We encourage candidates with disabilities and others with lived experience and diverse backgrounds to apply.
DLC will consider applications as they are received. Candidates should submit a cover letter, outlining their interest and qualifications, along with their resume to Esther Brieno at email@example.com with the subject line: Bilingual Paralegal by April 15, 2023, for priority consideration. Candidates wishing to mail or fax their materials, instead, may send them to:
Esther Brieno, Operations Manager
Disability Law Colorado
455 Sherman Street, Suite 130
Denver, CO 80203
FAX: (303) 722-0720
Disability Law Colorado is committed to providing a work environment that is free of unlawful discrimination and unlawful harassment. Disability Law Colorado’s policy prohibits harassment and discrimination based on age (40 & over); ancestry; national origin or ethnicity; citizenship; immigration status; race; color; hair style or hair texture; marital, registered domestic partner or civil union status; pregnancy and perceived pregnancy (including breastfeeding or related medical conditions); religion; sex; gender, gender identity or expression; sexual orientation or an employer’s perception thereof; wage disclosures; lawful off-duty, off-premises activities; because the person is a victim of a crime, domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking; military or veterans' status; physical or mental disability; family or medical care leave status; or any other basis protected by federal, state, or local law or ordinance or regulation. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.