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Legal Secretary
Location: Rock Island
Hours: full-time

Prairie State Legal Services (PSLS) is a not-for-profit legal aid organization that provides civil legal aid services to the poor, elderly, and people with disabilities. PSLS has 12 offices serving 36 counties throughout northern and central Illinois. PSLS focuses services on legal problems that impact the ability of our clients to meet their basic human needs, including physical safety, access to healthcare, adequate housing, and similar needs. It is the only legal aid organization in the majority of its service area. Annually, PSLS handles over 22,000 applications for legal help and serves over 16,000 clients.  We pride ourselves on fostering a work environment that is motivating, collaborative, and fun, with plenty of opportunities for professional growth.

Job Description

This is a full-time position (37.5 hours/week). The Legal 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. The Legal Secretary will participate in a full range of office duties in a fast-paced environment including, but not limited to:

  • Daily typing, photocopying, and filing
  • Greeting clients and answering the phone
  • Conducting initial interviews with applicants
  • Entering client information and data into case management software
  • Supporting the attorneys in their legal work including investigation, legal research and writing, and e-filing
  • Generating case reports as needed
  • Ordering and maintaining office supplies
  • Working with IT to maintain office computers
  • Assisting with medical and other records requests
  • Assisting with grant management

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will be highly organized, dependable, and self-motivated. Applicants should have:

  • Interest in and commitment to assisting low-income individuals in the resolution of their legal problems
  • Strong computer skills including proficiency using Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Excellent oral/written communications
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively as a team member
  • General office experience, legal experience preferred
  • Spanish language proficiency is preferred, but not required

Salary and Benefits

Salary starts at $29,250, higher depending on experience. Excellent comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, retirement, training and education, and generous leave time.

Application Details

Please indicate “Legal Secretary-Rock Island” in the subject line and e-mail a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to:

  • Human Resources Director Jessica Hodierne at jkhodierne@pslegal.org
  • Program Administrator Connie Peterson at cpeterson@pslegal.org

Resumes accepted until position is filled

Prairie State Legal Services is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. We will recruit, employ, pay, and promote qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or any other legally protected status.

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