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Paralegal Specialist, Civil Litigation Division (#32-2017, Closing: 04/25/17)

Friday, April 7, 2017

COLLECTIVE BARGAINING UNIT: 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.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES: This position is located in the Office of the Attorney General, Civil Litigation Division, Section IV. The incumbent will have responsibility, and will maintain case files and correspondence for up to fifty cases at a time. Additionally, the incumbent:

  • Provides 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.
  • The incumbent will have substantial contact with outside agency personnel and will prepare a variety of legal documents, including litigation hold letters, written discovery requests and responses, privilege logs and indexes.
  • Performs legal research, including search of statutes, regulations, legislative history, case law and other legal authorities applicable to particular legal matters.
  • Reviews, analyzes, and organizes facts, documents and other evidence. The incumbent will handle sensitive information, confidential information, and information subject to the attorney client privilege, the attorney work product privilege, and various agency privileges.
  • Attends meetings where relevant legal and factual issues are discussed. The incumbent will assist the attorneys in the preparation of government and expert witnesses for deposition and/or trial.
  • Prepare trial notebooks, schedule witness conferences, prepare trial subpoenas, summarize deposition transcripts, draft legal documents and pleadings, prepare and organize exhibits, and other duties as 2 required.
  • Attends trial and assists the attorneys as needed. Investigates and becomes familiar with the facts of assigned cases.
  • Establishes and maintains an effective system of monitoring and tracking cases to insure compliance with all relevant deadlines.
  • Reviews contents of reports and procedural or policy papers to identify potential problems, and to assure consistency with agency policy. Identifies, defines, and analyzes operational problems and poses options and alternatives to existing procedures.
  • Requires strong organizational skills, time management skills and attention to detail.
  • 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.

QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates must have a Paralegal Certificate. A law degree is desirable, but not required. Candidates without a law degree must have at least three (3) years of Specialized Experience. Specialized Experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and would include work as a litigation paralegal in a law firm or government agency. To be creditable, at least one (1) year of specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.

Substitution of Education: A law degree can substitute for the required Specialized Experience and a Paralegal Certificate or college degree. However, 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.

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