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Supervisory Paralegal Specialist The candidate will perform 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. Will 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 assisting 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: receiving and analyzing incoming pleadings and correspondence; determining appropriate action and notes time limitations for responses; drafting correspondence and legal documents for attorneyâ€™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. Examines and evaluates information in case files based on the departmentâ€™s standards for case litigation worthiness and appropriate titles of law. Conducts research into case law and statutes. Analyzes legal decisions, opinions, rulings, memorandum, and other legal material relating to relevant points of law as dictated by the nature of the case assignment. Performs research/analysis in a wide range of cases using the aid of sensitive databases such as Lexis/Nexis, Westlaw, Law Enforcement Online (LEO), National Crime Information Center (NCIC), Justice Telecommunications System (JUST) and National Law Enforcement Communication (NLETS). Drafts pleadings and motions for presentation in court. Assists in drafting indictments for presentation to a grand jury. Drafts legal memoranda reflecting facts, sources and citations. Prepares factual material such as summarization of financial and other documentary data for evidentiary purposes. Summarizes deposition testimony. Organizes exhibits, subpoenas, evidence and visual aids for use in grand jury or trial. Prepares trial notebooks for use during courtroom appearances. Assists in witness interviews and preparation.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate should have paralegal certificate. Must have an equivalent level of legal training may be substituted with the approval of the COR. Must have 3+ years of litigation paralegal experience, including trial experience. Must have 1+ year of experience in automated litigation support. Must have supervisory experience, including proven capabilities and communication skills to successfully interact with clients and attorneys. Requires sound working knowledge of federal and state court system, legal research procedures, and legal research resources. Requires excellent written and oral communication skills and 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. Familiarity with ESI tools and knowledge of e-discovery procedures and resources preferred.
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