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Paralegal Case Handler

New York, New York, United States
$52,571 - $58,817 USD yearly
About NYLAG:
Founded in 1990, NYLAG is a leading civil legal services organization combatting economic, racial, and social injustice by advocating for people experiencing poverty or in crisis. Our services include comprehensive, free civil legal services, financial empowerment, impact litigation, policy advocacy, and community partnerships. NYLAG exists because wealth should not determine who has access to justice. We aim to disrupt systemic racism by serving individuals and families whose legal and financial crises are often rooted in racial inequality. NYLAG goes to where the need is, providing services in more than 150 community sites (e.g. courts, hospitals, libraries) and on our Mobile Legal Help Center. During COVID-19, most of our services were virtual to keep our community safe. NYLAG’s staff of 390 impacted the lives of nearly 129,000 people last year.

Job description
This position is an ideal opportunity for individuals interested in a career in law, public policy, or social work. Applicants must be prepared to handle a high volume of cases and to interact with an under-represented client population in a sensitive and professional manner. Applicants must have excellent analytical skills to assess whether clients have a legal basis for appeal based on the evidence. Applicants should demonstrate a strong commitment to public service and have strong writing and oral advocacy skills. The successful candidate will work closely with NYLAG’s experienced attorneys and paralegal case handlers and will receive both on-the-job and more formal training.

Duties and Responsibilities
The successful candidate will primarily handle cases that fall within the scope of NYLAG’s state-funded Disability Advocacy Project. These are cases in which New Yorkers who receive public benefits have inappropriately had Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits denied, terminated, or recouped. Specific responsibilities include: conducting intake interviews of individuals denied Supplemental Security Income and Social Security benefits; obtaining and reviewing medical and other records; researching federal regulations and procedures; and representing clients at the local office and at administrative law hearings. A successful candidate must demonstrate the ability to work independently and to be a primary case handler. The position is in NYLAG’s LegalHealth Unit.   


To start on or after July 8, 2024.

NYLAG’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

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Entry Level

Salary Range: NYLAG is a unionized workplace, and salaries are set pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement. The current salary range for this position is $52,571 - $58,817.
Benefits: Medical, dental, vision, 401k, life insurance, long term disability, commuter benefits, flexible spending accounts (FSA) for Medical and Dependent care.

Application Instructions: Please save resume and cover letter on one pdf.

Covid Vaccination Policy: Please note, to safeguard the health and well-being of our employees and clients, NYLAG requires all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, unless a medical or religious exemption is approved.