Work activities involve assisting attorneys in the prosecution and litigation of criminal and civil matters on behalf of our client. Incumbents work closely with attorneys who make the final decisions regarding all legal work on behalf of our client. Independently performs an extensive degree of research, fact finding, and analysis associated with a broad scope of cases which the supervising attorneys process.
time Responsible for researching, analyzing, and summarizing federal and state statutory case laws, administrative rules, regulations, administrative and judicial decisions, documents prepared by opponents and other sources as requested by attorneys.
time Determines problem resolution alternatives and make recommendations to attorneys.
time Responsible for composing, preparing, and ensuring accuracy of various legal documents, including but not limited to; notices, answers, subpoenas, complaints, pleadings, motions, briefs, orders, affidavits, findings of fact, conclusions of law, judgments, releases, sheriff’s certificates, research memorandums, correspondence, interrogatories, consent agreements, discovery documents, arguments, objections, leases, contracts, opinions, etc.
time Assist attorneys in preparation for trial and preparation of trial materials as instructed by attorneys.
Essential Job Duties:
Conduct legal research utilizing a variety of methods.
Identify problem resolution alternatives and make recommendations to attorneys.
Prepare and ensure accuracy of legal documents.
Locate and assure availability of witnesses for trials, hearings and depositions.
Assist attorneys with trial preparation and preparation of trial materials.
Provide legal information through verbal and written means to staff and the public on matters as compliance with laws, procedures, status of cases, etc.
Provide training and guidance to other legal assistants and staff.
Organize workload to ensure all documentation, reports, and schedules are accurate and in proper form to assist legal staff.
Maintain a positive and productive work environment by effective communication, a professional manner and teamwork with the State’s Attorneys office, other departments and members of the public.
Apply appropriate general or specific guidelines to appropriate duty.
Job Qualifications, Experience and Education:
Must have a bachelor’s degree with a major in paralegal, legal assistant studies or pre-law and two years of paralegal or legal assistant experience that includes application of research and analysis to draft proceedings, discovery documents, motions, briefs and other legal documents. Work experience as a Certified Legal Assistant may be substituted for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis.
Must efficiently operate a computer with knowledge of word processing and Westlaw software.
Requires knowledge of legal terminology forms and files.
Requires a high degree of written and verbal communication skills.
Ability to handle multiple duties and priorities under limited supervision.
Applicant will be subject to post-offer civil and criminal background check.
Working Conditions/Physical and Mental Demands:
Physical environment consists of a desk job in the standard environment. Some exposure to elements of weather if traveling to other counties in the regional jurisdiction.
Will include physical motions of finger dexterity for frequent use of PC keyboard and monitor, sitting, standing, walking, and climbing stairs.
May endure high levels of stress when required to appear before court with little or no notice, meeting standard deadlines, and dealing with irate members of the public.
Job Types: Full-time, Contract