Senior Paralegal (Los Angeles, CA)
This position is in support of the United States Attorneys Office in Los Angeles, CA, at either 312 North Spring Street or 300 North Los Angeles Street.
The estimated length of this assignment is through September 28, 2018 with the possibility of ONE (1) one year extension through May 31, 2019.
With proper approvals, works overtime depending on work and caseload.
The Employee will typically perform the following tasks in support of one of four divisions, but not limited to:
• Performs specialized legal research and writing in support of work in assigned area of criminal or civil prosecution, including research and analysis of statutes, legislative intent, judicial precedents, agency rules and regulations,
and law review articles as they related to assigned cases to include those of an especially complex or unprecedented nature.
• Utilizes a variety of automated resources to research case or program specific legal matters, and to participate in assigned areas of criminal or civil proceedings, e.g., electronic discovery.
• Assists in the development of case referrals by:
• Ensuring that referrals meet agency and USAO standards for litigation;
• Reviewing and evaluating referrals to determine the need for additional information and evidence, and planning a comprehensive
approach to obtain this information and evidence;
•Assisting the assigned attorney(s) regarding the merits and weaknesses of specific referrals based upon applicable law, evidence of liability and damages, and potential defenses;
• Helping the USAO develop new referrals, by ensuring a good working relationship with client agencies and the public, and by in training for federal, state, and local agencies in the assigned area, preparing informational literature, etc.
• Performs a variety of tasks associated with litigation of cases in assigned specialty area including but not limited to:
• Receiving and analyzing incoming pleadings and correspondence;
• Determining appropriate action and notes time limitations for responses;
• Drafting correspondence and legal documents for attorney’s signature;
• Drafting proposed orders and decrees for signature of judges and magistrates.
• Assists in pretrial preparation by:
• Preparing, scheduling, reviewing, and organizing discovery;
• Notifying, interviewing, and managing witnesses;
• Researching case law;
• Supporting assigned attorney(s) in court proceedings by briefing attorney
on pertinent facts, issues, and case law, and by compiling, organizing, and indexing exhibits.
• Processes, tags, indexes, and organizes voluminous discovery, including documents, electronic communications, and audio and video recordings
• Produces high quality work using discovery databases, such as IPRO Eclipse and Relativity.
• Performs other related duties as assigned.
The above mentioned tasks can be performed as single tasks or in conjunction with one another.
*Proven excellent written and oral communication skills.
*Requires paralegal certificate. An equivalent level of legal training may be substituted with the approval of the COR.
*At least two years of litigation paralegal experience.
*At least one year of experience in automated litigation support.
*Requires sound working knowledge of federal and state court system, legal research procedures, and legal research resources.
*Thorough knowledge of legal research tools such as LEXIS and Westlaw. *Must have hands-on familiarity with a variety of computer applications, including word processing, databases (such as document review and file management systems), spreadsheets, and imaging.
*Proficient in Microsoft Office software programs (i.e., Word, Excel, Outlook, MS Access or other data bases), Word Perfect and Adobe Acrobat Professional or similar applications.
*Experience with Relativity or similar databases.
*Ability to consistently deliver highest quality work under extreme pressure will be very important.
*Works and interacts professionally and effectively with all levels of staff.
*Ability to meet established deadlines and work as a team player in a professional office.
*Skilled in meeting and dealing with people in a courteous and tactful manner.
*Works in an office setting; some walking, standing, bending and carrying of small office items is required.
*Ability to obtain a security clearance.
*Must be a U.S. Citizen. Desired Skills:
*Experience working in a Government and/or Litigation Support environment in conjunction with basic qualifications and/or equivalent level of training.
*Experience in Civil and/or Criminal cases.
*Trial experience very helpful.
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