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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Paralegal, Huntingdon House, Huntingdon, PA

Paralegal: Civil Legal Representation Project

Posted on: October 6, 2014
Posted by: Huntingdon House

Huntingdon House, a domestic violence service program located in the beautiful rural central Pennsylvania town of Huntingdon, announces the following employment opportunity. Employment to begin as soon as possible after October 1, 2014. We are offering an exciting opportunity to the right Paralegal who is equipped to create a civil legal representation office from the ground up! Become a leader in the Court of Huntingdon County as an advocate for domestic violence survivors, work with rural survivors to create safer access to legal services in remote or isolated rural population centers, and provide education and advocacy about providing justice for survivors of domestic violence. All within a best practices model of survivor centered work.
The Paralegal will work closely with the Counseling/Advocacy staff of Huntingdon House to strengthen our continuum of services to create safer options and better avenues to justice for survivors who are fleeing domestic violence.
  • Conduct client interviews and maintain general contact with clients of the Huntingdon County Civil Legal Representation Project, who are victims of domestic violence, including conducting interviews and general contact at rural meeting sites. 
  • Conduct web-based case law, statutory and regulatory research. 
  • Maintain court schedule and calendar. 
  • Maintain legal project records and filing system. 
  • Draft and edit legal documents, correspondence and pleadings under the supervision of The Project Director. 
  • At least one year of legal assistant experience in a litigation and family law practice, or a public interest law firm or similar setting is preferred. 
  • Knowledge of unique issues facing rural victims of domestic violence is preferred. 
  • Must possess excellent writing, proofreading, professional telephone skills and a willingness to develop and learn new skills. 
  • Excellent and demonstrated word processing required, knowledge of Excel spreadsheet, West Law and case management software is desirable.

Position Requires a STRONG COMMITMENT to
  • The provision of Domestic Violence services with a client empowerment and feminist perspective
  • The struggle against ageism, classism, racism, ableism, homophobia, and heterosexism
  • Support and involvement of all racial, social, ethnic, religious, cultural, and economic groups

Those interested in this position may apply by submitting a letter of interest, a current resume/curriculum vitae, and a complete list of three or more personal and professional references to:
Jean Riddle Collins, Executive Director
PO Box 217
Huntingdon, PA 16652
814-643-2801 office phone
814-643-2419 fax

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