Legal Paraprofessional Needed

Job Description

SUMMARY:
This is a legal paraprofessional job for matters related to civil litigation, workers’ compensation, unemployment compensation, and other general legal matters. The incumbent is responsible for performing assigned legal support work, drafting legal documents for attorney review, filing documents in courts and state and federal agencies, performing legal research, assisting in the preparation of legal briefs and memoranda, drafting responses to requests for discovery, maintaining and organizing files (electronic and hard copy), and providing administrative support including typing and preparation of final documents. This position has some latitude for independent judgment and action in accordance with established guidelines.

Qualified applicants should send their resume to: walker.amanda.k@gmail.com

MAJOR DUTIES:
Assists in the preparation of legal pleadings, including answers to complaints and pretrial motions. Drafts answers to discovery requests and requests for production of documents. Drafts routine correspondence. Locates information on the internet and downloads and prints information for use by attorneys.

Performs clerical and administrative duties required for supporting the office’s litigation and non-litigation work. Duties may include typing, transcription, organizing and maintaining documents and files, opening and screening incoming mail, creating PowerPoint presentations and spreadsheets, electronic filing, and identifying, collecting, analyzing, abstracting, organizing, and maintaining facts and documents.

Provides legal document support by typing, editing, and completing final pleadings, briefs, and other documents as directed by attorneys, managers and supervisors, including preparation of tables of authorities and contents. Reviews and corrects errors in draft material. Prepares other documents using software such as PowerPoint and Excel.

Develops and maintains knowledge of litigation processes and procedures in relevant jurisdictions.

Assists attorneys with preparation for preliminary and trial proceedings, including organizing and maintaining information, facts, records, and other documents.

Supports attorneys by performing a variety of administrative tasks, including reproduction of documents and files, pleadings and discovery documents, and delivery and filing of materials as needed.

Performs legal research and analysis of statutes, local codes, judicial decisions, and other legal instruments as directed by attorneys. Performs computerized and manual legal research using online legal research tools and the law library.

Assists with inputting documents into the legal docketing system and updating entries in the system, including preparation of routine documents such as closing memos using the docketing system.

Performs site visits to gather documents, photographs, and other relevant information necessary for case preparation.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Demonstrated knowledge and ability to analyze and organize facts and documents.
Demonstrated ability to provide final versions of briefs, legal memoranda, pleadings, opinions, and complex legal documents involving contracts, real estate transactions, joint development, and other legal matters requested by attorneys in the Office of General Counsel.

Demonstrated knowledge and ability to perform legal research. Ability to present such materials in a clear and logical form for oral and/or written presentation.

Demonstrated knowledge of English grammar, spelling and punctuation.

Demonstrated knowledge of, or the ability to rapidly acquire knowledge of, the rules of civil procedure for the federal courts, as well as the courts of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.

Ability to develop and maintain working relationships with other Authority offices in order to obtain and clarify information needed to substantiate facts, identity documents, and otherwise support legal actions.

Ability to use word processing software to prepare final documents, computers, software, and other office equipment commonly found in law office environments. Ability to quickly master new programs and unfamiliar technology.

Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing – this includes the ability to draft routine correspondence and answers to factual interrogatories.

Ability to work well under pressure and adjust to rapidly evolving situations.

Ability to work variable hours, as necessary.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
The minimum educational requirement is an Associate Degree plus a paralegal certificate. An Associate Degree in paralegal studies or one year of paraprofessional experience in a legal environment may be substituted for the certificate requirement but not for the Associates Degree.

Candidate must be able to use widely available software, such as Word, Powerpoint and Excel, and to readily develop skills with programs with which the candidate may be unfamiliar, such as LawBase.

 

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