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Legal Assistant Paralegal - County Attorney The candidate will perform substantive legal research work which requires knowledge of legal concepts. Will assist attorneys in the preparation and the processing of preliminary investigations, discovery, depositions, briefings, settlements, judgments, and post-trials. Review and analyze legal material for internal use, maintains reference files, conducts research for attorneys, and collects and analyzes evidence for agency hearings. Search for and summarize relevant articles in trade magazines, law reviews, published studies, financial reports and similar materials for use by attorneys in the preparation of opinions, briefs, and other legal documents. Prepare digests of selected decisions or opinions which incorporate legal references and analyses of precedents involved in areas of well-defined and settled points of law. Interview potential witnesses and prepares summary interview reports for the attorney’s review. Participate in pre-trial witness conferences, notes any deficiencies in case materials (i.e. missing documents, conflicting statements) and additional issues or other matters requiring investigation prior to trial, and requests further investigations at the pre-trial stage. Prepare and organize trial exhibits, as required, such as statistical charts and photographic exhibits. Verify citations and legal reference on prepared legal documents in accordance with blue book rules. Prepare summaries of testimony, medical records and dispositions; maintains case files. Draft and edits non-legal memoranda, researches reports and correspondence relating to cases. Utilize Westlaw or Lexis/Nexis legal research computer, internet, and CD’s to perform various research and Shepardizes cases. Assist or administers training for entry level paralegals or legal assistants when needed. Performs other related duties as required or directed. Should have 3 years of law-related experience of which 1 year as a legal assistant with graduation from an accredited high school or possess GED; and successful completion of the Certified Legal Assistant (CLA) examination; OR 3 years of law-related experience with graduation from an American Bar Association (ABA) approved program of study for legal assistants. Should have knowledge of statues, regulations, precedents and practices relating to the mission of the organization sufficient to identify the factual and legal issues and the relevant evidence. Must be able to prepare summaries of precedent cases, interviews and related case material for the attorney's use. Knowledge of legal reference sources and commonly used legal research procedures and methods is required. Should be able to locate, analyze and prepare reports on pertinent statutes, court decisions, legal opinions and other legal documents. Must be able to work with co-workers and public citizens with courtesy and tact. Should be skilled in the use of Westlaw or Lexis/Nexis Legal Research Computer, internet and CDs in legal research. Must have the ability to verify case/statutory citations in accordance with Blue Book rules and key cite/Shepardizes cases.
Job Posting #17-24829
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