Paralegal-Advocate – Veterans Legal Services Project

Full-Time or Part-Time Position

Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy, non-profit provider of civil legal assistance to low-income people in the Charlotte region, seeks a paralegal-advocate to assist attorneys with Social Security and Veterans Administration matters, military discharge upgrades, and other Family Support and Health Care Program case work and advocacy activities. See program description below for additional information.

Paralegal-advocates assist low-income individuals, provide outreach and community legal education, participate in community events, give legal advice under the supervision of a licensed attorney, assist partner agencies in serving the needs of clients and engage in systemic advocacy projects and activities. The paralegal advocate will:

  • Conduct outreach in the community to inform potential clients of our work;
  • Screen and interview applicants for assistance; review client eligibility and determine whether cases meet case acceptance criteria;
  • Provide legal advice, counseling or other brief service during intake interview under the supervision of a licensed attorney;
  • Assist attorneys in specific cases including contact with client; interviewing witnesses; case investigation; legal research; drafting legal documents; and
  • Provide direct assistance to clients in individual administrative cases in which direct paralegal representation is permitted.

Requires college degree, paralegal certification or equivalent experience; commitment to working with low-income and/or individuals living with disabilities; proficient oral and written communication; self-motivated and dependable. Veteran status and proficiency in Spanish are preferred but not required.

Salary: full-time, $31,500+ depending on experience; generous leave and benefits; part-time, $18.50/hour+ depending on experience, no paid leave or benefits.

To Apply: Send a detailed letter explaining your qualifications for and your interest in this specific position and experience working with veterans or individuals with disabilities, accompanied by a resume; writing sample; the names and telephone numbers of three references; and any other relevant info to: Brittany Chadwick, Administrative Assistant, Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy, by email to brittanyc@charlottelegaladvocacy.org or by mail to 1431 Elizabeth Avenue, Charlotte, NC, 28204, email is preferred.

The Family Support and Health Care Program ensures that low-income children, the elderly, disabled persons, veterans, immigrants and their families have access to health care and public services. The program is designed both to obtain specific relief for the individuals and families who contact the program for assistance, and also to utilize systemic advocacy strategies to change the rules, procedures and practices of federal and state agencies to ensure access to health care and public services for all affected persons.

The program focuses its advocacy efforts on the following issues:

  • Access to quality health care for children and parents in low and moderate-income families.
  • Assisting families on, formerly on or in danger of needing welfare in becoming self-sufficient by improving access to child support enforcement, child care, education, training, transportation, substance abuse treatment, Food Stamps, EITC, Medicaid, affordable housing, and other supportive services.
  • Improving health care and income support for the disabled and elderly poor, with a focus on issues involving Social Security, SSI, Medicaid, Medicare, the Affordable Care Act, and on improving mental health services, care in nursing and rest homes, access to community-based care, services to the HIV-positive population, and managed care.
  • Assisting military veterans and their families with VA disability, pension, and healthcare benefits, discharge upgrades, overpayments, and other services.
  • Working closely with the Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy Immigrant Justice Program to address these issues as they impact immigrants.

The Program combines representation of individuals in administrative appeals with class action litigation and other impact advocacy to try to change government agency policies and practices to benefit low income and medically needy persons in Mecklenburg County and throughout North Carolina.

Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy is an equal opportunity employer. Veterans, women, minorities and individuals living with disabilities are encouraged to apply.