VOCA Paralegal

NORTH MISSISSIPPI RURAL LEGAL SERVICES (NMRLS) is seeking a

Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Paralegal

for its Oxford branch office.

TITLE:   VOCA PARALEGAL      

RESPONSIBILITIES:

The PARALEGAL works under the supervision of the VOCA Project Manager.  Assists ATTORNEYS in conducting legal research and preparing pleadings, briefings, and answering complaints.  Conducts client interviews and investigates client claims, maintains files or records on specific cases and subjects, and performs other duties as assigned.

JOB DUTIES

  1. LEGAL RESEARCH: assists legal staff in the identification and researching of relevant cases and conclusions with reference to specific legal questions; researches relevant statutes, regulations, legislative histories, prior decisions, and other case law following guidelines of legal staff; locates obscure or hard to find cases; locates and makes notes of pertinent research data according to search specifications and parameters.
  2. GATHERING INFORMATION: conducts client interviews to clarify issues and research requirements; obtains information, facts, evidence and materials that are important or relevant for a case or project; formulates questions to elicit required information; requests and integrates information from sources within and outside the NMRLS agency; clarifies ambiguous information and resolves or seeks assistance in resolving issues of fact; investigates client claims; assists clients with the acquisition of documents and forms; acts as general litigation assistant during court proceedings.
  3. LEGAL WRITING: drafts pleadings, briefs, and answers to complaints under the supervision of an ATTORNEY; reviews complaint and/or case transcript and exhibits; prepares report using specific format summarizing case issues, position of the parties, facts of the case, etc.; presents written and/or verbal legal arguments of opposing party; assists ATTORNEYS during court proceedings.
  4. FILES AND RETRIEVES MATERIALS: reviews, updates, and revises file contents to reflect current status of case; places forms, records, correspondence or other material in correct location in systematic file; classifies or sorts informational material, correspondence, records, forms, or other items, following standard methods of systematized arrangement; searches files or records for desired information on specific subjects; locates and retrieves filed or sorted material.
  5. DEVELOPS AND MAINTAINS PUBLIC RELATIONS: provides information over the phone or in person (such as explaining qualifying requirements or regulations); contacts organizations or individuals in person or by phone to resolve problems or obtain information/documentation (e.g., school records or birth certificates); assists, clients with the acquisition of documents and forms; refers clients to other social service, governmental, or local, state, or federal agencies as necessary.
  6. PERFORMS OTHER DUTIES AS ASSIGNED

JOB SKILL REQUIREMENTS

  1. PROBLEM SOLVING: ability to evaluate and integrate data and information from multiple sources to formulate logical conclusions and recommendations.
  2. SPOKEN COMMUNICATION SKILLS: ability to prepare and deliver presentations to summarize a position or describe an assignment by selecting words that convey one’s intention precisely without ambiguity and which present ideas in an order or arrangement that is meaningful and persuasive.
  3. PUBLIC RELATIONS SKILLS: knowledge of social protocol when interacting with people at different levels both inside and outside the organization and develop and maintain cordial relationships.
  4. WRITTEN COMMUNICATION SKILLS: ability to prepare pleadings, briefs, answers to complaints, reports, or other written material for use by others which is organized, clear, persuasive, or otherwise meets its intended purpose.
  5. RESEARCH AND EVALUATION SKILLS: knowledge of procedures used to locate and obtain necessary information, references, data, etc.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Graduate of a four-year college and completion of all course work constituting a basis for a major in secretarial science, social administration, or related field.  Or, graduate of a certified paralegal training program.  Must provide own transportation for field work.

SUPERVISOR:

VOCA Project Director

SALARY/FRINGE BENEFITS:

Salary depending on experience; excellent fringe benefits.

OPENING/CLOSING DATES:

Open until filled.

APPLICATION:

Send resume, writing sample, and three (3) letters of reference to:

Ben Thomas Cole, II, Executive Director
North Mississippi Rural Legal Services
P. O. Box 767
Oxford, MS 28655
(662) 234-8731, Ext. 2108

Or e-mail resume to: bcole@nmrls.com

NMRLS IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER