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Paralegal/Secretary
Location: Kankakee
Hours: part-time

Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. (PSLS) is a non-profit legal services organization with 40 years of experience providing quality legal services to low-income persons, currently with 12 field offices in 36 counties in northern and central Illinois. Our expertise extends to family law, housing, public benefits, health, and education, among other areas. We have maintained multi-year special projects for the elderly, victims of domestic violence, and many others. Annually, PSLS handles over 18,000 applications for legal help and serves over 12,000 clients.

We are seeking applicants for a part-time (22 hours per week) PARALEGAL/SECRETARIAL position in our community legal services office located in KANKAKEE. Competitive salary, DOE, starting at $15/hr; paid leave and other benefits provided.

JOB DESCRIPTION: The paralegal/secretary will work with PSLS attorneys to assist clients in a wide range of legal problems, including family law, domestic violence litigation, administrative law, Social Security Disability benefits, landlord/tenant, and other matters (civil and administrative law only). Responsibilities include: client interviewing, investigation, legal research and writing. The paralegal/secretary will additionally work with PSLS staff to prepare grant documents, answer phones, scan and e-file documents, make copies, prepare presentation materials, greet clients and walk-ins, and perform other duties as necessary for the smooth operation of the office.   

QUALIFICATIONS: Graduation from or current enrollment in an accredited paralegal program. Successful applicants will have a demonstrated commitment to promoting equal access to justice, strong interpersonal skills, excellent oral/written communications, computer competency preferably Microsoft Word and Excel, ability to work effectively as a team member, and interest in and commitment to assisting low-income individuals in the resolution of their legal problems.  Legal experience preferred. Spanish-speaking is preferred, but not a requirement. 

TO APPLY: Send cover letter, resume, and three professional references to Ketura Baptiste at kbaptise@pslegal.org and Connie Peterson at cpeterson@pslegal.org

CLOSING DATE: When filled

PSLS is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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