Jacksonville Area Legal Aid – Paralegal, Consumer Advocacy and Litigation Unit

Posted Feb 09, 2023 Jacksonville, Florida


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Expires Mar 31, 2023


Jacksonville Area Legal Aid (JALA) seeks a paralegal for its Consumer Advocacy and Litigation Unit. This is a full-time position working in JALA’s downtown Jacksonville office. Business hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

What you get when you come to JALA
JALA is the premier litigation legal aid firm in the Southeastern United States. We are mission driven, and our team makes a difference in our community. As a JALA employee, you can expect immediate hands-on experience interviewing and counseling clients as well as litigating cases in Federal and State court. Staff is expected to take on challenging cases for our at-risk clients while being mentored and supported in taking on such cases. While there is a premium placed on initiative and self-motivation, you can expect to be supervised by lawyers who are recognized as subject matter experts in their field (JALA is the only law firm in Florida with two Florida Bar Consumer Protection Lawyers of the Year on staff, for example.) Our lawyers and paralegals regularly serve on local and statewide committees, and our lawyers have gone on to become hearing officers, magistrates, judges and administrative law judges. In addition to the opportunity to litigate early, our lawyers and staff are trusted as professionals – we have adopted a hybrid work environment (although not all positions are able to work remotely.) Regardless of what others may prefer, we embrace diversity and inclusion as a way to ensure we are the most prepared to offer the best and highest level of representation for our clients, as this is what they deserve from us.

Salary commensurate with experience. Benefits package include medical, dental, vision, long-term disability insurance, group life insurance, remote/onsite work hybrid, and generous leave policy (e.g., 13 paid holidays plus 22 personal leave days in first year, one-month sabbatical every four years).

To apply, submit resume, minimum of two professional references, and salary requirements (if any) to:
La Verne Morgan Andreasen, Esq., Chief Human Resources Officer
Jacksonville Area Legal Aid
126 West Adams Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202
Email: resumeconsumer@jaxlegalaid.org

Jacksonville Area Legal Aid is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Essential duties and responsibilities

• Provide litigation support to the attorneys in the unit • Schedule hearings and client appointments • Prepare trial notebooks • Manage the log of applications presented to and handled in the unit • Prepare and send letters to clients • Complete accounting requests for attorneys • Collect mail and take outgoing mail to records on time • Manage calendars for various attorneys • Prepare files and applications for records to open and close • Draft notices, discovery, motions and pleadings • Use the Court Call program when applicable • Provide grant management support including tracking applications and data entry • Using telephonic interpreter services and scheduling sign language interpreters • Using JACS to schedule hearings • Perform various other duties as assigned • Maintaining files for attorneys • Keeping detailed and contemporaneous time records


• Completion of a training program to become a paralegal or legal paraprofessional; or a degree or certificate in legal technology, legal administration, or legal studies; or a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in legal services; or minimum of four years of experience in legal secretarial work. • Minimum of two years civil law office experience required. • Must be proficient in Word, G-mail, Microsoft Outlook and Legal Server and enjoy working in a fast-paced environment. • Must be detail oriented, work well with others, and able to prioritize and maintain work from several work producers.

Salary/Salary Range

Minimum salary $39,000


Jacksonville Area Legal Aid



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