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MedLaw Paralegal

Center for Elder Law & Justice
January 26, 2022
Buffalo, NY
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Join The Center for Elder Law & Justice (CELJ) and become part of an energetic team of advocates that provides a wide-range of legal services.

This exciting role will work within our medical-legal partnership, the MedLaw Partnership of WNY, Kaleida Division, throughout local Buffalo hospitals. The ideal candidate will be a skillful paralegal who can excel in a fast-paced, dynamic hospital environment, where collaboration with medical staff and engaging with clients on a daily basis is a necessity. This position will play an active and important role in the implementation of the MedLaw project, including assisting in the development of processes and protocols.

About CELJ:

Center for Elder Law & Justice (CELJ) civil legal services organization fighting for justice, primarily for low-income older adults, in 10 counties in Western New York. Our attorneys stop illegal evictions, save clients homes from foreclosure, put a stop to elder domestic violence, fight for public benefits, work with our local immigrant & refugee populations, and represent grandparents and other kinship care relatives in custody and neglect petitions in family court. We also advocate for systems-wide policy changes, commenting frequently on changes to regulations and working with local elected leaders on legislation that will affect the poor and vulnerable older adults in our area. We believe that independence and dignity are the hallmarks of justice.

Essential Functions:

  • Paralegal is responsible for contact with potential clients, screening for immediate needs, and direct client contact throughout case.
  • Paralegal will be required to travel between hospitals and most work will take place in the hospital office setting. This may include travel amongst different counties.
  • This position reports to the MedLaw attorney(s) in the unit.
  • Should demonstrate strong listening skills and patience with clients, knowledge of community resources and working closely with attorneys on creative solutions to cases.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 2-5 years of experience
  • Highly motivated and passionate about public service work, with sensitivity to those in crisis
  • College degree, or equivalent paralegal experience required; paralegal certificate helpful
  • Excellent writing, speaking and organizational skills and the ability to communicate effectively with clients, healthcare providers, community organizations, attorneys, and the public
  • Ability to work efficiently and accurately while exhibiting patience and diplomacy
  • Legal services background helpful
  • Knowledge of Healthcare Law, also helpful

To Apply:

Send cover letter and resume to Rachel Haseley, HR Director

CELJ is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and welcomes all to apply, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Employer recruits without regard to sex, race, sexual orientation, or gender identity, and any such candidates are strongly encouraged to apply