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Legal Staff Paralegal in Rock Island, IL

Organization Type

Government

Job Type

Legal Staff

Posted on

Jan 11, 2021

Min Salary/Max Salary

USD 16 to 17 Hourly

Years of Experience

Min 2 yrs required

Location

Rock Island, IL, United States
Practice Area
Litigation >> Litigation - General/Commercial
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Paralegal
Duties: Assists Civil Division Attorneys in all aspects of the legal representation of the County and its elected office holders, which requires in part all normal activities – phone, mail, filing, arrangement of appointments and meetings for Attorneys and interfacing with the public, elected officials, county board and administration, and the Judiciary. General office duties, including answering phone calls, managing attorney calendars and scheduling appointments, drafting legal documents and correspondence, filing, and organization projects in a fast-paced environment. Performs legal and general research utilizing Lexis Nexis and other print and research methodologies. Assist the attorneys in their handling of labor matters, including preparing and organizing confidential documents used in grievances, arbitrations, and collective bargaining, including researching and selecting arbitrators. Assists attorneys in the preparation of discovery documents and review of incoming discovery documents in addition to other special projects, as assigned. Prepares vouchers/claims for office purchases, professional fees, witness fees, staff travel accounts, and arranges for staff continuing education/seminars including travel, lodging fees and payment thereof. Prepares and maintains a variety of reports and records. Maintains a variety of Excel spreadsheets that track various office data.

Qualification and Experience

Requirements: Associate Degree or Certificate in Legal Assisting, Paralegal Studies, or Legal Secretary certification supplemented by 2+ years' experience in responsible legal secretarial work, or an equivalent combination of experience and training. Experience handling calendars, phones and filing in a fast-paced environment. Experience handling confidential and sensitive information. Must be capable of regular and predictable attendance at a specified location and during assigned hours in order to perform assigned tasks. Must be highly proficient with Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Able to manipulate and maintain spreadsheets, format and create a range of documents, and handle e-mail, contacts, and multiple calendars and appointment scheduling in Outlook with accuracy and attention to detail. Skill in the operation of modern office equipment, including, PC computer, calculator, fax machine and copy equipment. Must type at 80 wpm. Requires the ability to maintain a high level of professionalism and confidentiality. Requires the ability to independently problem solve, working with minimal supervision or task direction, as necessary. Must be a self-starter, capable of managing independent tasks and coordinating multiple projects and activities simultaneously with changing priorities and deadlines. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others. Ability to communicate clearly, both orally and in writing. Ability to respond to inquiries in a tactful and courteous manner. Ability to work in a fast paced, highly stressful environment. Ability to maintain discretion when dealing with individuals outside the office. Ability to maintain a professional demeanor when dealing in fast-paced stressful situations or when handling the press and elected officials. Must have accuracy and attention to detail in daily tasks. Knowledge of general office procedures including record keeping and maintenance. Must have experience with electronic legal research systems; LexisNexis preferred but Westlaw is also acceptable. Working knowledge of Federal and State court procedures including CM/ECF and PACER systems. Working knowledge of civil law and governmental structure. Must have an understanding of jurisdictional or topic specific research and an ability to clearly convey research findings.

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