Paralegal Coordinator

SEMCA (Southeast Michigan Community Alliance)
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Job Summary

The Paralegal Coordinator is responsible for the coordination and implementation of the State of Michigan Clean Slate criminal record expungement pilot program and related projects, per policy and as assigned by the Clean Slate Program Expungement Attorney.  This position will provide assistance with legal documents and processes to support to the Expungement Attorney.  This role will work with the SEMCA team to launch this new initiative to serve both Monroe County and Wayne County outside of Detroit, in keeping with state program guidance.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities



·         Fully understand all policy and legal requirements of PI 20-32

·         Screen applications to determine expungement capability

·         Provide resources to American Job Centers (AJCs) and directly to applicants who are determined as ineligible

·         Connect applicants or assist AJCs with securing required identification

·         Conduct Michigan Internet Criminal History Access Tool (ICHAT) applicant searches

·         Process all required application paperwork for applicants

·         Retrieve Register of Action for eligible applicants

·         Prepare applications for record expungement

·         Obtain certified documents for filing expungements, as requested (e.g. court records)

·         Assist in filing all legal follow up and filings to ensure expungements have been processed with appropriate agencies including but not limited to Michigan Attorney General, Michigan State Police, and Court of Conviction

·         Assist in scheduling and preparing applicants to appear at expungement hearings

·         Refer expungement candidates to AJCs for co-enrollment in other programs, as applicable

·         Support SEMCA efforts to promote the program across the service area

Data Collection

·         Work with SEMCA Management Information Systems (MIS) Department to develop tools for data collection and distribution

·         Collect all data related to the Clean Slate pilot program

·         Prepare data for review to all relevant SEMCA staff

·         Prepare and submit all requested data to the State of Michigan as required

Required Qualifications

All SEMCA team members are expected to be technically competent and committed to continuous development of their skills. The following skills, knowledge and education or certifications are specifically required for this position:

·         Minimum Bachelor’s degree or Paralegal Associates degree and certification

·         Minimum three (3) years’ demonstrated project management experience

·         Ability to work independently with minimal supervision

·         Excellent interpersonal skills with a demonstrated ability to show dependability and problem solving while exhibiting empathy, tact and patience

·         Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate accurately and clearly both orally and in writing

·         Strong organizational skills and the ability to multitask effectively in a fast-paced environment

·         Demonstrated ability to effectively attend to details

·         Manage timelines

·         Ability to effectively prioritize and handle information in a professional and confidential manner

·         Valid Driver’s License

·         Proficiency in Microsoft Office software programs

Desired Qualifications

·         Paralegal or legal background or experience working with expungement preferred

·         Consideration will be given to current law school students

Physical Demands

Duties require sufficient mobility to work in a normal office setting and use standard office equipment including a computer, vision to read printed materials and an LCD screen and smartphone, hearing and speech sufficient to communicate in person or over the telephone. These requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individual requiring and requesting and/or needing additional accommodations.

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