Temporary Legal Employees Needed to Help With Hurricane Relief- New Resources Added

With the recent devastation that has occurred from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the Small Business Administration is hiring temporary employees to assist with disaster relief efforts from September 1st to December 31st, 2017. More information here

Lawyers, Paralegals and Legal Assistants

Locations

Sacramento, CA, Dallas, TX, or Buffalo, NY

Description

These positions require individuals to be able to perform one or more of the following functions, including but not limited to: speak with borrowers and prepare associated legal documents, review closing documents, and validate deeds and collateral.  While a background in these areas is useful, training on all required tasks will be provided by SBA Staff. Personnel will be located in one of our 3 processing centers in Sacramento, CA, Dallas, TX, or Buffalo, NY.

Qualifications

Due to the broad array of required legal tasks we are looking for individuals with a range of qualifications.  The positions call for skill sets with a background in law, so attorneys and paralegals and legal assistants are encouraged to apply.  In addition to the above qualifications any applicant with fluency in a foreign language is encouraged to highlight their language and level of proficiency on their application.

Expectations

All legal specialists will become temporary SBA employees and as such will be required to meet the following requirements:
  • Be a U.S. Citizen
  • Pass a credit and background check
  • Able to work between 40 to 84 hours a week based upon case load

Compensation

The SBA will cover all travel and per diem based on the government rate for every individual.  Compensation will be based on each individual’s qualifications, skillsets, responsibility, hours, and location.  Compensation for attorneys and paralegals will range from $25.41 to $39.96 per hour.  Overtime ($38.12 to $41.97) will be paid for hours over 40 weekly.  Compensation for legal assistants will range from $16.77 to $27.01 per hour.  Overtime ($25.16 to $40.52) will be paid for hours over 40 weekly. If you are interested in an individual position as a lawyer, paralegal or legal assistant, please send your resume to PDCHR@SBA.gov or call 817-868-2300 and ask for Human Resources. SBA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

New ABA Information

The ABA is very concerned about assuring that legal assistance is available to victims of hurricane disasters in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Among our efforts, we have been working closely with the Louisiana Civil Justice Center (LCJC) to create a hotline that can provide needed information and services through pro bono volunteers. LCJC has long experience in providing disaster legal services to callers. Because there is such severe devastation on those islands, local lawyers will probably not be able to provide sufficient pro bono service to meet the growing need for legal help. Therefore:
  • Lawyers who are active members of the USVI or Puerto Rico bars are urged to sign up to accept referrals of pro bono cases from the LCJC.
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  • Lawyers who are not licensed in USVI or Puerto Rico can also assist, by providing legal research or assistance with federal/administrative law questions.
The volunteer sign up form is online, in English and Spanish, here: ABA Disaster Legal Services Volunteer Attorney Intake Form