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Organization TypeLaw Firm
Years of Experience
Legal Assistant/Paralegal Duties: Under general supervision and according to established policies and procedures, performs a variety of duties to assist attorneys in case management and trial preparation. Maintains positive contact with clients and observes confidentiality of client matters. Organizes and maintains case files, pleadings and other documents and attorney notebooks. Summarizes articles, reports, witness statements, medical and employment records, and depositions. Keeps and enters accurate time records on a daily basis. Follows the ethical requirements as set forth by the Rules of Professional Conduct of Texas. Provides case management support to attorney for trial preparation. Provides periodic status letter drafts for attorney submission to client. Drafts complaints (plaintiff) and answers, routine notices, affidavits, motions and petitions and third-party petitions. Establishes, organizes and maintains pleading files, attorney trial notebooks, expert witness notebooks, document indices, lists and charts. Conducts research and locates cases, depositions, opinions, reports and information related to the matter. Orders medical and employment records and forwards to appropriate party for summarizing to be integrated with case management. Contacts and interviews parties, witnesses and experts. Reviews and outlines depositions, indices and summarizes documents. Utilizes computerized litigation techniques and software when applicable. Assists in preparation of the case for trial by drafting and preparing: Pre-trial Orders, Form Instructions to the Jury, Requested Voir Dire of Jurors, Conduct Jury Investigation, Prepare Witness and Exhibit Lists, Motions in Limine and Subpoena and contacts witnesses. Responsible for all phases of discovery, including but not limited to scheduling depositions, order subpoenas for records (medical, employment and miscellaneous) and preparation of recommendations for depositions and records to be ordered as well as expert designations. Conduct records searches on plaintiffs when other manners of discovery so warrant. Order IRS and SS earnings records when claiming lost wages. Handle file transfers to other firms when a case is transferred. Assists in the trial of the case including scheduling of witnesses and controls and tracks exhibits. Attendance at trial is sometimes required to perform these duties. Performs assigned legal research tasks using all available resources including libraries and computer data systems. Operates standard office equipment such as photocopiers, fax machines, personal computer, and typewriter. Other duties as assigned.
Qualification and Experience
Qualifications: Knowledge of legal principles and practices at a level normally acquired through formal paralegal training or its equivalent, acquired through a Bachelor’s degree or successful completion of Certified Legal Assistance Program. On the job experience in order to gain expertise needed to do substantive legal support work. Ability to organize and prioritize numerous tasks and complete them under time constraints. Ability to concentrate and pay close attention to detail for up to 80 percent of the work time when evaluating legal matters. Ability to proofread typed material for contextual, grammatical, typographical or spelling errors. Interpersonal skills necessary in order to communicate and follow the instruction effectively from a diverse group of clients, attorneys and staff and provide information with ordinary courtesy and tact. Interpersonal skills necessary in order to communicate by phone and provide information. Work occasionally requires a high level of mental effort and strain while organizing and maintaining multiple cases. Ability to retrieve and distribute print volumes, push and pull packages, and books weighing up to 20 pounds and ability to retrieve and replace objects from shelves of up to 8 feet high. Work occasionally requires more than 40 hours per week to perform the essential duties of the position; may require irregular hours, especially during trial and special projects. Ability to travel to private and public buildings, locally and statewide, via private or public conveyance to assist attorney in attending to client needs on legal matters.
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