Paralegal Coordinator

Immigrant Defenders Law Center

In response to the current crisis of family separation, detention and need for legal representation, ImmDef is now hiring additional legal and administrative staff. The Paralegal Coordinator is primarily responsible for the supervision, development and support of a team of paralegals. Additionally, the Paralegal Coordinator will provide legal support for ImmDef Staff Attorneys, Managing Attorneys and/or Co-Legal Directors as needed.

Paralegal Duties

1. Provide case planning and development

2. Conduct legal research, fact gathering and retrieving information

3. Prepare declarations, draft and analyze legal documents and forms, and collect and manage data

4. Submit electronic and in-court filings

5. Fulfill records requests

6. Conduct client screening and intakes

Coordinator Duties

1. Interview for and participate in hiring, training and onboarding of Paralegals as needed

2. Supervise, mentor and support a staff of Paralegals

3. Review and approve timesheets and time off requests, handling other attendance requests as necessary

4. Conduct regular one-on-ones with staff including participating in annual performance management cycle

5. Provide backup support for staff as needed


  • Strong organizational skills;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Demonstrated proactive approaches to problem solving;
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work under pressure required;
  • Spanish language fluency required and will be tested at time of interview;

Required Education and Experience

  • Must have a BA or paralegal certificate, and/or at least one to three years of experience as a support staff working under the supervision of an attorney;
  • Experience working in a start-up non-profit and/or at a public interest law firm is helpful;
  • Strong writing, research, and organizational skills required;
  • Enthusiasm for working at a progressive, start-up organization
  • Passion for social justice for immigrants required
  • DACA Recipients encouraged to apply!

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Experience with deportation defense is a plus;
  • Experience working with minors or persons suffering from mental competency issues is a plus;
  • Experience with family, dependency and probate court is a plus;
  • Demonstrated ability to work within a high-volume, busy law office is a plus;

Classification and Work Schedule

This is a full-time, non-exempt position. Work schedule will be Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with flexibility required based on the needs of the organization.

Work Environment and Physical Demands

This job operates in a professional office environment. This is largely a sedentary role; however, some filing is required. This would require the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand as necessary.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

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