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Program: Legal Services of Northwest Jersey

Date: January 4, 2018

Job Title: Staff Attorney

Legal Services of Northwest Jersey seeks a Staff Attorney for our Morris County office in a varied practice, including but not limited to family law.  LSNWJ provides free legal assistance in civil matters affecting essential needs for people of limited means and vulnerable seniors residing in northwestern NJ. This is an opportunity to work in a community of legal services attorneys and staff dedicated to equal justice.  Comprehensive benefits; training provided. EOE.

Duties & Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Provides legal assistance (advice, negotiation, litigation, administrative advocacy, appellate work) to clients and client groups pursuant to program priorities and policies.
    • Interview clients and ascertain substantive elements of the client’s problem.
    • Develop a case strategy for obtaining the client’s goals.
    • Communicate with client and others.
    • Conduct factual investigation, discovery and obtain expert assistance, as required.
    • Research the law.
    • Prepare legal pleadings and other documents.
    • Conduct negotiations.
    • Appear on behalf of clients at court and administrative hearings.
  • Participates in the community
    • Present information to community groups about legal rights and LSNWJ services in the substantive area and prepares materials related to these presentations.
    • Participate in committees, task forces, and working groups related to the work of the attorney. 
    • Provides training to other legal advocates; prepares materials relating to these presentations.
    • Works with members of the private bar and corporate counsel in connection with the LSNWJ Volunteer Program.
Competencies:
  • Good analytical, oral communication and writing skills.
  • Ability to handle varied legal matters.
  • Good capabilities of technology, including word processing, case database, calendaring and scheduling software, e-filing, e-mail and legal software.
  • Ability to maintain a good working relationship with all staff and work in team environment.
  • Knowledge of and strict adherence to the Rules of Professional Conduct and regulations, ethics, policies and procedures that apply to legal services programs.
  • Will be trustworthy, reliable, maintain confidentiality, and be respectful of our client community
  • Valid driver’s license and use of a personal vehicle for work-related travel or other means of fulfilling responsibility for work-related travel.
Requirements:
  • J.D. from accredited law school.
  • Licensed attorney of the State of New Jersey or licensed in another state and committed to seeking NJ Bar admission.
  • Minimum of two years of experience with legal services or in litigation practice. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest law.
How To Apply:

 


 

Program: Legal Services of Northwest Jersey

Date: January 4, 2018

Job Title: Family Law Paralegal

Legal Services of Northwest Jersey seeks a Family Law Paralegal for the LSNWJ-Morris Family Justice Partnership, based in our Morris County office.  The LSNWJ-MFJC Partnership for Justice (PFJ) is a collaborative project of Legal Services of Northwest Jersey (LSNWJ) and Jersey Battered Women’s Services (JBWS) to secure justice for victims and survivors of domestic abuse, enhance their safety, maximize protections under the law, and hold perpetrators accountable. This is an opportunity to work with a team of dedicated professionals.  Comprehensive benefits; training provided. EOE.

Duties & Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Conducts applicant screening and intake.
    • Provides information to people making inquiry about services and makes referrals to an appropriate agency or organization.
  • Provides assistance to the extent permitted under law under the supervision of an attorney to clients who seek assistance through the Morris Family Justice Center.
    • Communicate and meet with clients.
    • Assist in discovery:  conduct factual investigation, prepare interrogatories and requests for production of documents, and interrogatory answers.
    • Conduct legal and factual research.
    • Prepare, file and serve legal pleadings, including Complaints, Answers, Motions, Case Information Statements and other documents.
    • Prepare correspondence; handle incoming and outgoing mail.
    • Maintains contact with clients, courts, judges, opposing counsel, and others and is responsible for scheduling meeting arrangements and maintaining calendars.
  • Coordinates referrals to volunteer attorneys.
  • Participates in the community, including committees, task forces, and working groups related to the work of the LSNWJ-Morris Family Justice Partnership. 
Competencies:
  • Good attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Ability to communicate and write clearly and understandably.
  • Ability to maintain a good working relationship with all staff and work in team environment.
  • Good capabilities of technology, including word processing, case database, calendaring and scheduling software, e-mail, e-filing and legal software.
  • Valid driver’s license and use of a personal vehicle for work-related travel or other means of fulfilling responsibility for work-related travel.
  • Will be trustworthy, reliable, maintain confidentiality, and be respectful of our client community
Requirements:
  • Paralegal certificate or Associates degree in paralegal or legal studies.
  • Minimum of two years of experience as a family law paralegal.
  • Bilingual in English-Spanish desirable. 
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