Pro Bono Legal Practice Assistant (Spanish Translation Paralegal)
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP (Skadden) has forged a reputation as one of the most prestigious law firms in the world by relying on innovation, intellect, teamwork and tenacity to deliver the highest quality advice and novel solutions to our clients' legal issues. By relying on innovation, intellect, teamwork and tenacity, our lawyers deliver the highest quality advice and novel solutions to our clients' legal issues. We are recognized as a global powerhouse for complex transactions, litigation/controversy issues, and regulatory matters, as well as for the open, collaborative relationships we build with clients. Our attorneys, who reflect diverse backgrounds and perspectives, collaborate seamlessly across 50-plus practices and 21 offices in the world’s major financial centers.
We are seeking Pro Bono Legal Practice Assistants (Spanish Translation Paralegals) to join our New York and Washington, D.C. offices in June 2023. This position will provide administrative and case support on pro bono immigration matters and other Spanish-language pro bono matters that are staffed by attorneys and professional staff from across offices at the firm. The Pro Bono Legal Practice Assistant will also serve as an interpreter to facilitate conversations in English and Spanish, and provide Spanish/English translations on these matters as needed. The Pro Bono Legal Practice Assistant will also assist the firm’s Pro Bono Immigration Attorney with tracking of pro bono immigration matters across offices and provide updates and reports to Legal Assistant Management and Pro Bono Administration.
The Pro Bono Legal Practice Assistant is an entry-level position at the firm and involves significant contact with attorneys, members of the department, and other professional staff. Please submit a cover letter and resume when applying to this position.
- Acts as the main point of contact for Spanish-speaking pro bono clients.
- Coordinates meetings and follow-ups, screens calls and advises attorneys on client requests/concerns. Escalates issues as needed to Legal Assistant Management and Pro Bono Administration.
- Interprets conversations between English-speaking lawyers and Spanish-speaking clients via telephone, videoconference, and in-person meetings.
- Provides translation of documents and client correspondence to/from Spanish/English for attorney review.
- Works with other professional staff providing non-English interpretation and translation to help ensure that such support is provided under best practices and with the necessary cultural and emotional competence.
- Assists the firm’s Pro Bono Immigration Attorney with the careful tracking of pro bono immigration matters across offices and provides updates and reports to Legal Assistant Management and Pro Bono Administration.
- Maintains knowledge of relevant immigration policies, procedures, and internal structures.
- Organizes and manages electronic and paper files.
- Ensures that all files are maintained with department-approved protocols and case management systems.
- Maintains the integrity of client files.
- Assists with the preparation and filing of pleadings, applications, petitions, requests, responses, inquiries, and other court or agency papers, as needed.
- Assists with retrieval of rules and regulations, as needed.
- Assists with preparation for interviews, depositions, hearings, trials, and/or virtual/in-person client meetings.
- Performs non-legal research using various research tools, including the Internet, Westlaw, LexisNexis, PACER, and/or other court-related websites for case law, statutes, articles, books, etc.
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
- Fluent in Spanish with ability to translate Spanish language documents to/from English and interpret conversations in English and Spanish languages.
- Strong computer skills, including proficiency with relevant Firm computer software (e.g., Outlook, Word, Excel) with the ability to learn new software and operating systems.
- Ability to navigate various electronic databases and document repositories.
- Strong research skills and proficiency in using various research tools.
- Excellent analytical and troubleshooting skills.
- Demonstrates close attention to detail.
- Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to apply judgment, discretion, and cultural competency
- Ability to deal courteously and effectively with others..
- Ability to work well independently as well as effectively within a team
- Ability to assume progressive responsibilities within assigned work as experience is gained in the position.
- Ability to handle sensitive matters and maintain confidentiality.
- Ability to handle multiple assignments and shifting priorities.
- Ability to work well in a demanding and fast-paced environment.
- Flexibility to travel and adjust hours and work the hours necessary to meet operation and business needs.
- Bachelor's degree.
The starting base salary for this New York position is expected to be $60,000 annually. Actual salary will be determined based on skills, experience (to the extent relevant) and other-job related factors, consistent with applicable law.
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What makes Skadden special is our people and the culture, community and spirit of collaboration we have created. We believe in teamwork and inspiring each other to be our best in an atmosphere that promotes professionalism and excellence in all that we do. We know that inclusion, equity and drawing on the strength of a wide spectrum of diverse talent only make us better and is vital to the firm's success. Our goal is for everyone at the firm to enjoy a challenging career with opportunities for development and growth and to support the well-being of our attorneys and professional staff.
The overall well-being of our team is important to us. We offer generous benefits to help you achieve wellness in all areas of your life.
- Competitive salaries and year-end discretionary bonuses.
- Comprehensive health care (medical, dental, vision), savings plan/401(k) and voluntary benefits.
- Generous paid time off.
- Paid leave options, including parental.
- In-classroom, remote, and on-demand learning and professional development opportunities.
- Robust well-being classes and programs.
- Opportunities to give back and make an impact in local communities.
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