Purpose of Job:
To provide high quality professional advocacy for low-income clients on matters that do not require an attorney. As a Recovery Medical Legal Partnership Paralegal in this Legal Aid of West Virginia office, you will primarily represent people who are living in recovery residences or attending outpatient treatment, and you will need to build relationships and trust with providers and staff as well as patients/residents in highly sensitive and confidential spaces. You will have direct responsibility for providing clients with trauma-informed and stigma-free legal advice and in-court representation, with support from and collaboration with other attorneys and community partners. The Recovery Medical Legal Partnership Project is a newly expanded project creating a network of like-minded attorneys and paralegals throughout West Virginia to create lasting change on West Virginians in recovery, working to overcome socioeconomic legal barriers to recovery, as well as overcoming stigma and discrimination presented by their pasts, and working to rekindle family and community connections.
Scope of Responsibility:
Work performed in the office setting, in administrative law proceedings, and in the community.
Essential Job Functions:
1. Provide legal representation consistent with professional and LAWV organizational standards for the delivery of civil legal services to the poor, and consistent with any requirement of the Legal Services Corporation, LAWV policies in conjunction with the Personnel Manual and the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and all other funding sources. Such representation may include social security disability cases, Medicaid cases, welfare cases, food stamps cases, and other public benefits matters, as well as assistance with domestic violence protective order proceedings, and other matters on which clients need assistance in accordance to the paralegal’s grant funding source.
2. The professional responsibility of paralegals is substantially the same as that of lawyers.
3 Maintain accurate and complete files or records.
4. Interact with clients and staff and service providers professionally and appropriately.
5. Within the constraints of the job, attend and participate in statewide planning meetings, trainings, and task forces, as well as office meetings.
6. Try to involve private attorneys in the provision of legal services to eligible clients.
1. Must have an Associate’s Degree/Paralegal Certificate and a minimum of 2 years of experience or 4 years of experience.
2. Must have demonstrable commitment to understanding and addressing issues of low-income constituents.
3. Must have skills in using office technologies, including learning LAWV case management software.
4. Must be able to balance administrative and client advocacy responsibilities.
5. Good communication skills, both written and oral, are required.
6. Ability to organize, prioritize and work independently.
Salary and Benefits:
The Paralegal position is a salaried position with an annual starting salary range of $31,100 – $36,100. LAWV offers a generous benefits package, a 37.5-hour workweek, paid vacation leave and sick leave and health plan, as well as dental, vision, and life benefits. Staff also have the option to participate in a 403(b)-retirement plan and dependent and health flex savings accounts (FSA). LAWV is an eligible nonprofit employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program.
This position will largely serve the city of Huntington as well as the surrounding areas in Cabell, Wayne, and Mason counties. In the ever-changing but ongoing opioid crisis, Cabell County has the highest overdose rate in the state of West Virginia, which has led the nation in overdose rates for years. This position is a chance to work at the front lines in the battle against poverty and injustice, in a vibrant college town which is home to Marshall University. This position also presents a unique challenge, to work alongside recovery treatment providers to improve the health outcomes of West Virginians working hard at their recovery—in particular, addressing legal needs that will improve recovery results and reduce the likelihood of relapses and fatal overdoses. Bordering Kentucky and being a reasonable drive from the state capital of Charleston, Huntington provides a rare living experience of combining the perks of metro life with access to the great outdoors. Food lovers will find endless options of gourmet restaurants and recreational and social events, while nature lovers have incredible hiking and walking experiences only a short distance away from the office. Metro Valley – Almost Heaven – West Virginia : Almost Heaven – West Virginia (wvtourism.com)
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