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Paralegal Specialist, Vacancy No. 38-2013

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Paralegal Specialist, Vacancy No. 38-2013

This position is located in OAG's Child Support Services Division, Legal Services Section.

Opens: July 5, 2013
Closes: Open Until Filled

Serves as a member of the Legal Services Section, Litigation Team.  Assists the attorneys in their representation of the District of Columbia in all aspects of child support litigation from establishment of paternity and the initial entry of orders for support, to modifications of and civil enforcement of the orders.  Researches, analyzes, and summarizes relevant legal precedents for applicability to assigned cases.  Performs legal research on particular issues and cases identified by attorney (s); researches case law, statutes, regulations, court rules, policies, procedures, legal periodicals, and other legal authorities that are relevant to particular issues.  Provides legal assistance to Assistant Attorneys General in court proceedings before the D.C. Superior Court.  Attends court hearings on a routine basis and provides legal support in the preparation of legal and financial documents necessary for litigation. Assists in the preparation of government and expert witnesses for trial.  Prepares for review and approval by the assigning attorney, a variety of substantive legal documents, such as pleadings, memoranda of law, trial briefs, appellate briefs and trial-related documents, e.g., exhibits lists, witness lists, jury instructions, trial subpoenas.  Establishes an effective system of compiling, and organizing information and its sources. Conducts statistical analyses as appropriate. Serves as contact liaison and provides information concerning case status or relevant procedural issues.  Utilizes established network or mainframe databases to perform simple and complex data searches, report design, and other data retrieval assignments. Incumbent is required to attend court proceedings 3-4 days per week to provide daily coverage of all child support litigation matters, including interviewing the parties, calculating child support guidelines and negotiating consent orders.