Open Hands is hiring! 

PARALEGAL Job Description
Open Hands Legal Services seeks a paralegal to support Open Hands attorneys and staff.  Our vision is the transformation of all lives through the power of justice and hope.  Our mission is to uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed in New York City. We bring free legal services directly to community members at host non-profit organizations throughout the city and break down the legal barriers to their success, enabling individuals to flourish and embody the full persons they are intended to be.  More information about us is available at www.openhandslegalservices.org.

Responsibilities
The paralegal will work closely with Open Hands’ staff in the office and at mobile legal aid desks at soup kitchens and shelters across New York City.  Legal aid desk assistance involves setting up and breaking down, maintaining supplies, coordinating operation of the Legal Aid Desk, and conducting initial screening of applicants. Other responsibilities include: processing preliminary case information into the case management system; serving as a liaison between attorneys and clients; handling client correspondence; obtaining court files and other documents; maintaining case files; preparing and assembling court papers;  and other duties as assigned. The paralegal may also assist with case preparation, prepare written reports and memoranda, and serve subpoenas and other legal documents. 

The ideal candidate possesses an entrepreneurial and sacrificial spirit, a deep love for our clients and a demonstrated commitment to Open Hands’ mission and values.  S/he is a self-starter and responds well to quickly changing demands with flexibility. S/he is highly collaborative and works well with other staff members. The ability to handle a high volume of case work and take initiative is critical to this position. 

Qualifications

  • Mature Christian faith as defined by the Apostles’ Creed

  • Proven ability to solve problems independently and creatively

  • Highly organized and proactive

  • Strong computer skills

  • Strong interpersonal and advocacy skills

  • Strong written and oral communication skills

  • Demonstrated ability to interact with diverse populations in a sensitive and professional manner

  • Strong entrepreneurial spirit combined with sacrificial service to our clients and team

  • A second language – especially Spanish, Cantonese or Mandarin – is strongly preferred

Terms

  • This a full-time position which requires Saturday morning and weeknight meetings throughout New York City.

  • Salary commensurate with experience.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to recruiting@openhandslegalservices.org with “Paralegal” in the subject line.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and must be received by February 28, 2019.

New Volunteer Training Registration is Open

When: Saturday, February 9, 2019

Time: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM 
(Doors open at 12:45 PM - Light lunch will be served)

Where: Father's Heart Ministries

545 East 11th Street

New York, NY 10009

Cost: FREE

MCLE Credits: 1.5 Skills, 1 Ethics

Appropriate for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys as well as new and experienced Open Hands Legal Services volunteers.

Volunteer training is a prerequisite for Open Hands Legal Services legal aid desk volunteers. This course is FREE to those who volunteer with Open Hands Legal Services by May 2019. Volunteers may serve at one of the following legal aid desks: Father's Heart Ministries (East Village), All Angels' Church - Our Place Cafe (Upper West Side), The Bowery Mission, The Relief Bus, and New York City Rescue Mision

Register through Eventbrite

Open Hands Legal Services Young Professionals Network

The Young Professionals Network (YPN) offers supporters in their 20s and 30s an opportunity to support Open Hands Legal Services (OHLS) by acting as ambassadors for OHLS and promoting fundraising initiatives. Members participate in a variety of fun projects and events that strengthen our program capacity. This is a great opportunity for those who enjoy meeting people, events and networking.

 Throughout their service term from October 2018 to September 2019, members will gain:

  •  Substantive experience in nonprofit leadership

 YPN members may choose to:

  • Fundraise, including raising awareness for all campaigns and events on the OHLS fundraising calendar
  • Attend, host, and recruit guests for YPN events. The YPN may host up to three events in the next year. Members will provide strategic relationships and recruit guests, and OHLS staff and YPN members will work together to manage event logistics.

Tentative calendar:

  • Fall 2018: Young Supporters fall kick-off event
  • November 27-December 31st: OHLS #GivingTueday and year-end campaign
  • November 28, 2017 - Volunteer Appreciation/Year End Event
  • March 2019: Spring Benefit kickoff/YPN Winter Social
  • April 2019/May 2019: Spring Benefit
  • All members should attend or send a representative.
  • All members should pay for their own ticket and invite at least five people.
  • Certain designated positions on the YPN may have additional responsibilities.
  • July/August 2019: End of Summer YPN Social
  • Late Summer 2019:Justice Circle Fall Monthly Giving Drive
  • Volunteer at Legal Aid Desks
  • Actively support OHLS throughout the year, including:
  • Donate to OHLS in a way that is personally significant and meaningful
  • Understand OHLS’s mission well enough to effectively communicate it to others

 ELIGIBILITY AND APPLICATION PROCEDURE

All are welcome. Please email your application and resume to info@openhandslegalservices.org for consideration for the 2018-2019 season. If we feel that you and the YPN could be a great fit, we’ll contact you in September!

June Newsletter - Serving with Open Hands Legal Services!

 

Thank you for partnering with Open Hands in our vision of transforming all lives through the power of justice and hope! Here are just a few ways your support has helped low-income and homeless New Yorkers access justice in 2018.

Serving with our Volunteers
Graham Gibbs

One reason I enjoy working with OHLS is because the organization is such a testament to the claim on its website: “ALL LIVES TRANSFORMED BY THE POWER OF JUSTICE AND HOPE”.  It’s easy to read and learn about “justice” in school, but I never fully grasped the magnitude of the concept before volunteering with OHLS and getting to know some of the individuals who come seeking aid.

Our clients are good, hardworking people from all stages of life, many of whom need not only justice but simply hope.  The ability to give them hope and validation is a spiritually powerful tool that I have seen have an immediate impact (on both clients and me).  Deuteronomy 15:11 directs: “open wide your hand to your brother, the needy and to the poor”. OHLS showcases how valuable this is not only to the brothers and sisters we serve, but to our own personal and spiritual development.

Want more ways to get involved? See below for some upcoming opportunities! Join us this summer as we serve and get social! Check out the ways you can join our mission and bring justice and hope to our city.

Volunteer with Open Hands
New Volunteer Training


Would you like to volunteer with Open Hands Legal Services at our legal aid desks? Join us at our next new volunteer training session, on Saturday, June 9th at the NYC Rescue Mission. Click here to register and reserve your spot!

Calling all Young Professionals
Summer Social!

Come celebrate the start of summer with our Young Professionals Network on June 19th. Join us after work for light bites, drinks and a fantastic time of fellowship as we kick off summer. The event begins at 7pm and will take place at Monarch Rooftop. Click here to RSVP

Support Open Hands by Becoming a Donor

Would you like to financially support Open Hands Legal Services? You can make a donation or become a monthly donor by joining our "Justice Circle" by clicking the link below. Your support will help us serve hundreds more clients at our community partner host locations as we continue to see all lives transformed by the power of justice and hope. Click the "Give Now" button to donate.