Reports to: IFP Lead Attorney
Major Function: Provide Litigation support to CASA IFP Project Attorneys who represent survivors in civil injunction for protection against domestic, dating, sexual violence and stalking proceedings, post hearing motions, and violations of injunctions.
FLSA: Full-time; Non-Exempt
· Assist the IFP attorneys with screening clients for eligibility and conducting client intake.
· Schedules client appointments
· Prepares notices, discovery requests, correspondence and basic motions.
· Communicates with clients regarding status of their cases and to obtain necessary information and documents.
· Responsible for opening electronic files, timely calendaring court dates and discovery deadlines, creating and maintaining notes and time logs for each file, and e-filing pleadings.
· Assists in the preparation for attendance at injunction hearings including gathering exhibits and police reports, coordinating and subpoenaing witnesses, and any other trial and discovery preparations requested.
· Participate in team and staff meetings.
· Understands that work is fast paced, and dateline driven and can meet those requirements.
· Understands and abides by CASA’s Confidentiality Policy at all times and respects boundaries.
· Demonstrate a commitment to treat clients, volunteers, and co-workers in a respectful manner at all times.
· Attend and participate in all required training.
· Complete special projects and presentations as requested.
· Complete other duties as assigned.
· The IFP Project Paralegal will possess a high school diploma and a minimum of two years of experience providing litigation support to attorneys, preferably attorneys representing survivors of domestic, dating, sexual violence and stalking in injunction for protection proceedings and other civil legal matters, or attorneys prosecuting or defending batterers in criminal proceedings.
· Providing litigation support to attorneys in a supervised clinic or internship may be included as litigation experience. A paralegal certification from an accredited post-secondary institution with relevant externship may be substituted for two years of experience.
· Possess a strong understanding of the dynamics of intimate partner violence and of the heightened safety risks faced by survivors seeking to leave or end the abusive relationship by filing an injunction for protection.
· Must be aware of the confidential nature of legal representation and understand that all client communications are protected by the attorney-client privilege.
· Possess a valid Florida driver’s license and good driving record, meeting the requirements of CASA’s insurer.
· Possess the ability to function independently and work cooperatively as a member of a team.
· Be willing to submit to a criminal background check.
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