Position: Family Law Paralegal
Open to: All law students
Location: Tukwila, WA
Time Commitment: 10 hours a week or more for a minimum of one year.
Application Process: Please submit the ELAP General Volunteer Application Form available by clicking here. Please be sure to indicate your schedule availability, length of commitment and what interests you in this position.
Application Deadline: Open until filled
Contact: Ngoc Nguyen, ELAP Assistant Program Director, firstname.lastname@example.org or (425) 747-7274 ext. 207.
Do you have paralegal skills or experience and want to use your skills to help survivors of domestic violence? Come make equal access to justice in our community a reality by assisting Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP) staff attorneys. Since 1998, ELAP has provided survivors of domestic violence and low-income residents of King County with a variety of civil case services enabling equal access to justice including, one-on-one legal clinics, unbundled legal services, brief services, full representation and community education seminars.
Your role as a Family Law Paralegal will be to assist staff attorneys in their representation of the client.
Note that this position is based out of the Domestic Action Women’s Network (DAWN) offices in Tukwila, WA to support the ELAP DV Staff Attorney placed on-site at DAWN.
- Organize, build and maintain client files for attorney use
- Assist in drafting and preparing pleadings and/or other legal documents
- Opportunities to sit in on client interviews and attend court proceedings
- Legal research
- Support DAWN Legal Advocate as necessary
- Support attorneys as needed on case management
- Report to Laura LeMaster, ELAP DV Staff Attorney
This volunteer position requires a minimum of ten hours a week committing at least one year.
- Commitment to ELAP’s mission in promoting equal access to justice
- Excellent legal research and writing skills
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to respond to clients with patience and a non-judgmental attitude
- Ability to learn quickly and absorb new information
- Strong typing skills and computer literacy required
- Ability to maintain confidentiality and work independently
- Paralegals with family law experience and second language skills are encouraged to apply
This position is a great way to make a difference in your community by bringing critical legal services to vulnerable populations, who may otherwise have no access. Statistics show that low-income individuals and families have, on average, at least one situation each year where they require legal advice. The need is great as ever to improve accessibility to the legal system for residents. With your help, we aim to make equal access to justice a reality. Serving as an ELAP Family Law Paralegal volunteer is a terrific way to engage with your community while developing and sustaining your legal support skill set.