Job Opportunity with Community Legal Aid Society (Delaware)

Patient Advocate/Paralegal - Regular Full-time Employee (35 hours/week)

LOCATION:                    New Castle County Office

REPORTS TO:                Supervising Attorneys

SALARY:                         Depending on experience; excellent benefits.

POSTING DATE:            May 24, 2013

DEADLINE                      Applications accepted until position is filled ____________________________________________________________________________


Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. provides free legal representation to people with disabilities, people age 60 or over, people with low incomes, and victims of crime and discrimination to help our clients obtain shelter, income and other government benefits, educational services, medical services, orders of protection from abuse, legal immigration status and other civil legal remedies. Under the supervision of Disabilities Law Program attorneys the Patient Advocate/Paralegal will assist clients throughout New Castle County, DE with a special focus on consumers with mental health diagnoses in institutions and in the community. The applicant for this position must be able to interact effectively with and be sensitive to the special needs of CLASI clients, including individuals with physical and mental disabilities and their families, people with low incomes, people age 60 and older, and members of legally protected classes.



1.                  Interview clients, determine eligibility for services, and conduct factual investigations and preliminary merit assessments.

2.                  Under supervision of attorney, represent clients in meetings and administrative hearings when appropriate.

3.                  Perform legal research and writing.

4.                  Conduct community education presentations and trainings.

5.                  Draft correspondence and other documents under the supervision of an attorney.

6.                  Provide social service assistance to clients as needed.

7.                  Participate in statewide and local community groups and councils, including those that meet at night and/or on weekends, as necessary.

8.                  Manage and organize applicant and client information using forms and computerized data system.

9.                  Submit timely timekeeping and other reports.

10.              Travel as directed to see clients and participate in work-related activities.

11.              Become and remain well-informed regarding basic legal principles applicable to area(s) of practice, attending training conferences as needed or requested by supervising attorney(s).

12.              Monitor and visit institutions, group homes, drop-in centers, treatment sites, and congregate living arrangements serving people with mental illness. 

13.              Other duties as assigned.  




1.         At a minimum B.A. or B.S. degree preferred.

2.         Paralegal certificate and/or paralegal experience preferred.

3.         Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

4.         Sensitivity to and demonstrated experience with the special problems of CLASI clients, including people with low incomes, people with disabilities, members of minority groups, people aged 60 and over, and those born in other countries.

5.         Ability and willingness to make effective public presentations.

6.         Ability to organize and maintain detailed information.

7.         Spanish language fluency, both written and oral, preferred.

8.         American Sign Language capability preferred.

9.         Ability to travel independently and work evenings and weekends as needed for out-of-office training sessions, agency-related meetings, and community education presentations.

10.       Ability to occasionally travel to and attend overnight conferences throughout the U.S.

11.       Ability to apply modern technology to the performance of legal work and tasks.

12.       Ability to organize work and prioritize tasks to meet deadlines.

13.       Flexibility, including willingness to work in any of CLASI’s areas of practice as needed.


APPLICATION:              Provide letter of interest and résumé toDaniel Atkins, DLP Legal Advocacy Director,