Entry Level Employment Justice Attorney

Employment Justice Clinic Coordinator

Bilingual Paralegal

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As recovery efforts begin in Texas and Louisiana, it is clear the damage and devastation from Hurricane Harvey will certainly reach historic levels. Homes, businesses, and lives have been uprooted by the sheer force of nature, affecting millions of people.  And right behind Harvey, we will be facing the aftermath related to Irma.  The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is one of the key Federal government agency sources of money to help homeowners, renters, businesses, and non-profit organizations recover from disasters.

While help has poured in from across the country, the road to recovery is going to be long.  SBA is preparing to process an extraordinary number of disaster loan applications, and we have already hired hundreds of additional staff to help process these loans.  However, demand for SBA assistance is expected to escalate quickly.  To augment our reserves, SBA is reaching out to individuals and businesses who can support our staff if needed, including the following roles – lawyers, paralegals and legal assistants.

Position: Lawyers, Paralegals and Legal Assistants.
Description: These positions require individuals to be able to perform one or more of the following functions, including but not limited to: speak with borrowers and prepare associated legal documents, review closing documents, and validate deeds and collateral. While a background in these areas is useful, training on all required tasks will be provided by SBA Staff. Personnel will be located in one of our 3 processing centers in Sacramento, CA, Dallas, TX, or Buffalo, NY.

Qualifications: Due to the range of required legal tasks we are looking for individuals with a range of qualifications. The positions call for skill sets with a background in law, so attorneys and paralegals and legal assistants are encouraged to apply. In addition to the above qualifications any applicant with fluency in a foreign language is encouraged to highlight their language and level of proficiency on their application.

Expectations: All legal specialists will become temporary SBA employees and as such will be required to meet the following requirements:
1. Be a U.S. Citizen
2. Pass a credit and background check
3. Able to work between 40 to 84 hours a week based upon case load

Compensation: The SBA will cover all travel and per diem based on the government rate for every individual. Compensation will be based on each individual’s qualifications, skillsets, responsibility, hours, and location. Compensation for attorneys and paralegals will range from $25.41 to $39.96 per hour. Overtime ($38.12 to $41.97) will be paid for hours over 40 weekly. Compensation for legal assistants will range from $16.77 to $27.01 per hour. Overtime ($25.16 to $40.52) will be paid for hours over 40 weekly.

If you are interested in an individual position as a lawyer, paralegal or legal assistant, please send your resume to PDCHR@SBA.gov or call 817-868-2300 and ask for Human Resources.

See the December 2016 Newsletter here.

See the position (21 hours a week) announcement here.

The Maryland Legal Aid office in Prince George’s County has a vacancy for a paralegal.  The duties for the position include conducting phone and in-person intake, assisting attorneys with their cases, and representing clients in administrative hearings.  It is part of the office’s general law practice, which covers housing, consumer, domestic, and public benefits matters.
Bilingual Spanish-speaking applicants are highly encouraged to apply.  More information and on-line application available here, but candidates may also send their resumes and cover letters directly to Sabrina B. Wear.

Sabrina B. Wear, Supervising Attorney
Maryland Legal Aid

Metropolitan Maryland Office

8401 Corporate Drive, Suite 200

Landover, MD 20785

Phone: (301) 560-2145

Fax: (301) 429-8743

E-mail: swear@mdlab.org

www.mdlab.org

Neighborhood Legal Services Program (DC) seeks a creative and energetic paralegal to support attorneys in the Family Preservation and Veterans Legal Assistance projects.  See the announcement here.