GOVERNMENT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
POSITION VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT
#20A - 2018
POSITION TITLE: Paralegal Specialist
POSITION GRADE & SERIES: CS-950-11
SALARY RANGE: $63,337 – $71,477 per year**
Step 1 to Step 5
**This position is currently budgeted to $71,477 per year only. Offers will not be made outside of this range.
June 29, 2018
CLOSING DATE: July 20, 2018
FIRST SCREENING DATE:
AREA OF CONSIDERATION:
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
DURATION OF APPOINTMENT: Permanent
PROMOTION POTENTIAL: None
Office of the Attorney General
for the District of Columbia
Civil Litigation Division
441 4th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
NO. OF VACANCIES: One (1)
This position is in the collective bargaining unit represented by AFSCME Local 2401 and you may be required to pay an agency service fee through direct payroll deduction.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES This position is located in the Office of the Attorney General, Civil Litigation Division. The incumbent will have responsibility for up to fifty cases at a time.
The incumbent will be responsible for:
- Maintaining case files and correspondence
- Providing assistance to attorneys with the preparation of case files including the preparation of discovery materials to be provided to litigants, the preparation of subpoenas and court notices, and requesting and obtaining necessary documents and information from outside agencies.
- Preparing a variety of legal documents, including litigation hold letters, written discovery requests and responses, privilege logs and indexes.
- Performing legal research, including search of statutes, regulations, legislative history, case law and other legal authorities applicable to particular legal matters.
- Reviewing, analyzing, and organizing facts, documents and other evidence.
- Handling sensitive information, confidential information, and information subject to the attorney client privilege, the attorney work product privilege, and various agency privileges.
- Attending meetings where relevant legal and factual issues are discussed.
- Assisting the attorneys in the preparation of government and expert witnesses for trial.
- Preparing trial notebooks, scheduling witness conferences, preparing trial subpoenas, summarizing deposition transcripts, drafting legal documents and pleadings, preparing and organizing exhibits, and other duties as required.
- Attending trial and assisting the attorneys as needed.
- Investigating and becoming familiar with the facts of assigned cases.
- Establishing and maintaining an effective system of monitoring and tracking cases to insure compliance with all relevant deadlines.
- Reviewing contents of reports and procedural or policy papers to identify potential problems, and to assure consistency with agency policy.
- Identifying, defining, and analyzing operational problems and posing options and alternatives to existing procedures.
- Assisting the OAG FOIA Officer in responding to and tracking OAG’s responses to requests for documents and/or information made to OAG under the Freedom of Information Act.
QUALIFICATIONS: Requires strong organizational skills, time management skills and attention to detail. Also requires experience with Lexis/Nexis or Westlaw, scanners, PowerPoint, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Word and Relativity or similar document management software. Experience with Prolaw is also desirable. To qualify at the DS-11 level, candidates must have at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the DS-9 level in District Service. Specialized Experience is defined as experience performing a variety of analytical paralegal or legal work which demonstrates a practical knowledge of the law, the litigation and judicial process, and applicable rules, regulations, policies, and procedures. Examples of specialized experience include performing the following duties: 1) analyze and evaluates legal decisions and case files to identify relevant issues and potential evidence; 2) conduct legal research concerning precedents and past court decisions; composing legal briefs, summaries of analysis and decisions, and pre-trial documents for investigations; 3) interview witnesses and various individuals who can provide insight into cases under review; preparing evidence and documents to support recommendations; and 4) utilize a variety of automated legal research tools.
SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION: A law degree, paralegal certificate, or college degree and at least three years of experience may be as a substitute for total qualification requirements. In order to receive credit, applicants must submit official proof of educational attainment at the time of application.
TIME-IN-GRADE RESTRICTIONS: Time in grade restrictions must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.
SUBMISSION OF RANKING FACTORS: The following ranking factors will be used in the evaluation process. All applicants MUST respond to the ranking factors. Please respond specifically to the ranking factor(s) by either typing directly into the free form area provided or by pasting from a text document. Please describe specific incidents of sustained achievement from your experience that show evidence of the level at which you are applying. You may refer to any experience, education, training, awards, outside activities, etc. that includes the degree to which you possess the job related knowledge, skills and abilities described in the ranking factors. The information given in response to the ranking factors should be complete and accurate to the best of your knowledge.
FAILURE TO RESPOND TO ALL RANKING FACTORS WILL ELIMINATE YOU FROM CONSIDERATION.
Ranking Factor #1: Skill and relevant experience using Relativity or similar document management software to organize, review and summarize document collections for production or for use by attorneys; skill and experience creating and maintaining production and privilege logs and summaries of relevant documents; ability to use technology to organize or log information, including OAG’s responses to FOIA requests.
Ranking Factor #2: Knowledge of the rules governing discovery in civil litigation and general knowledge of legal procedures and the judicial system. Demonstrated experience responding to and propounding written discovery in civil litigation matters.
Ranking Factor #3: Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; ability to prepare a variety of documents, including written discovery and responses to discovery, memoranda and reports; ability to discuss issues and findings; and ability to provide information to attorneys, supervisors, other staff and agency personnel
Ranking Factor #4: Knowledge of and proficiency in the use of operating a personal computer, using Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Relativity or similar document management software, database management and case tracking software, etc. and a willingness to learn new technology associated with assigned work tasks.
Ranking Factor #5: Knowledge and skill in interpreting, explaining and applying the Freedom of Information Act. Skill in general legal research methods is required to locate relevant rules, statutes and case law precedent.
HOW TO APPLY: Candidates should e-mail one PDF file which includes the following, addressed to: OAG.Recruitment@DC.gov by 11:59pm of the closing date indicated above:
- A cover letter;
- Completed DC-2000 Employment Application for the District of Columbia Government;
- Résumé; and
Responses to each of the Ranking Factors.
Please see below attachment for details.