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ProfileLegal Researcher Responsibilities : The candidate will be providing reference and research services to internal attorneys and staff, while also assisting the Legal Research Services Manager with research training preparation and presentation, depending on needs. Provide both quick reference and in-depth research services using a variety of legal and non-legal resources, determining the appropriate resource to use based on time, cost and user need. Conduct in-depth reference interviews with attorneys in order to clarify the subject, scope and purpose of their request. Summarize and customize research results in order to meet the specific requirements of the requestor, and report same in centralized research tracking system. Utilize electronic and print resources to support practice groups across the Firm, with a projected focus on all aspects of litigation, bankruptcy, case law research, legislative histories, and statutory and regulatory research and tracking. Occasionally assist with competitive intelligence projects by conducting industry and business research and compiling data. Provide training assistance in use of legal content collection and commercial databases. Assist Legal Research Services Manager in preparing training classes and associated materials for groups and individuals with differing needs and technological skill levels, potentially focused on training for litigation and bankruptcy practitioners. Assist summer associates and provide early training in print and online research. Assist Legal Research Services Manager in creating research and bibliographical tools (collateral, research guides, checklists, etc.) on legal and business topics. Act as liaison to specific practice groups to determine research needs and develop topical research expertise. Participate in development of intranet resources, including advising Legal Research Services Manager on content use patterns and practice group needs. Keep up to date on changes and developments in information resources and develop knowledge of unique search strategies for each. Test new services and products for possible addition to collection. Communicate effectively with publishers and other information providers to advance the interests of the firm. Share with other staff any comments or feedback received from Legal Research Services patrons. Recognize the value of professional networking and actively participate in professional associations and online communities.
Qualification and Experience
Requirements : The candidate should have a Bachelor’s degree. Advanced degree in library science or equivalent experience and/or J.D. or MLIS a plus. At least 5 years of experience conducting in-depth research, preferably with specific experience in litigation, and general legal research preferably in a virtual setting. Law Firm experience highly desirable. Strong working knowledge of a wide variety of print and electronic resources commonly used in a large law firm and consistent ability to determine the appropriate resource based on time and cost requirements. Specific intermediate to advanced skills necessary in resources used for expert witness, litigation analysis, public records, jury verdicts, court document retrieval, docket searching and alerting, and other similar litigation research. Excellent verbal and written communications skills, able to listen and communicate clearly and effectively, ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with co-workers, attorneys, and other support staff. A high service level and collaborative mindset, and the ability to interact with a wide variety of users on a professional level. The ability to work independently and in a virtual team environment, set priorities, and handle multiple tasks under pressure.