Neighborhood Legal Services seeks to hire up to five (5) Paralegals for our Housing, Family Law and Disability units. Paralegals are generally responsible for supporting attorneys, counsel and advice, case management, intake, and community education. Must be able to apply laws to facts of presenting cases, aggressively advocate for clients before governmental agencies and represent clients at administrative hearings. Up to two of the Housing Unit Paralegals will work specifically on a new program to provide Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) eligibility information, application instructions and application assistance together with community outreach to tenants throughout the City of Buffalo who have been unable to make rent and utility payments through the health crisis, and to their landlords or housing providers.
Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree with 0-3 years of experience; Excellent communication and writing skills; Sensitivity to the needs of financially disadvantaged and disabled persons; Previous experience working with low-income and/or underserved communities preferred; Second language fluency preferred; and Legal services background, or knowledge of general civil legal work.
To Apply: Send cover letter, resume and at least 3 references to HR@nls.org. No phone calls please.
Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc. (NLS) provides a full range of free civil legal representation to people challenged by poverty and disability who reside in Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee and Wyoming counties in matters involving financial security, health and basic quality of life. With three offices located in Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Batavia, NLS aims to create the greatest access to the justice system for low-income individuals and those living with disabilities to pursue goals that will increase both the stability and the quality of their lives.
NLS is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and welcomes all to apply. Employer recruits without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, ancestry, sex, gender (including identity or expression), sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or protected veteran status and any such candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.