Location: Orlando, FL
Be a part of an organization making a difference in the Central Florida community. Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF) is a full-service civil legal aid law firm that promotes equal access to justice, which is a core American value. We offer an excellent benefits package, generous paid time off, 100% 403B match, and professional & intellectual growth.
CLSMF is currently searching for a service-minded, mission-driven individual to fulfill the following position:
Paralegal Public Benefits (Orlando)
Application Deadline: 2021-06-11
Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF) is seeking a Public Benefits Paralegal for our dynamic, non-profit law firm in our Orlando office. The Paralegal is to provide high quality legal services by representing and advising clients regarding their public benefits matters. This position is responsible for representing low income and/or vulnerable clients on a broad range of public benefits matters which includes regular appearances and hearings before public benefit agencies such as Socials Security Administration (SSA), Department of Children and Families (DCF), and Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO). This position also includes regular client interaction including completing intakes, conducting interviews, and providing advice and counsel.
The candidate in this role will research and interpret laws, rulings, and regulations applicable to cases assigned as well as prepare and review legal writings such as pleadings, orders, discovery, and other documents for the court or government agencies. The individual in this key role will oversee SSA disability claims under the SOAR program for homeless or those at risk of homelessness, draft appeals briefs, review medical records and administrative files, and conduct or participate in outreach events or activities of the unit and organization. This is a full-time position with the ability to work both scheduled and flexible work hours, including some evenings/weekends, based on business needs to perform duties, attend meetings and/or other functions throughout the CLSMF 12-county service area.
Bilingual (English/Spanish) highly preferred. SOAR certified preferred but not required. Minimum of 1 – 3 years’ experience in civil litigation or working with low-income and/or vulnerable clients and communities on civil legal matters. Experience with subject matter areas of Social Security benefits, Medicaid, food stamps, and unemployment benefits, with a high capacity to prioritize, manage simultaneous tasks, and meet strict deadlines within a rapid-paced environment. Ability to advocate consistently and zealously for clients in the regions we serve. Successful candidate will have highly approachable presentation, organizational skills, and the ability to effectively and consistently engage and collaborate with a diverse constituency of community stakeholders and organizations. Must possess excellent legal and community partnership skills and be computer literate (Microsoft Office 365). Valid Florida automobile license, use of own auto, and proof of insurance necessary.
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CLSMF is an Equal Opportunity Employer providing a diverse workforce and the promotion of inclusive culture at all levels. M/F/D/V
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