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ProfileParalegal Specialist Duties: The candidate will perform a variety of paralegal functions, which include legal research, evaluating cases, preparing cases for hearing, providing informal advice to client agencies as directed by attorneys, interpreting state and agency regulations and laws, writing reports, and drafting pleadings, memoranda, and legal correspondence. Will prepare letters referring cases to the US Attorney's Offices for litigation and other action to protect the US interests. Prepare draft affidavits and declarations to establish or support factual and legal records on matters referred. Draft a variety of documents, including summaries and analyses. Provide technical advice to client agencies regarding factual and legal questions, interpretations of agency and state regulations, laws and procedures. Select, assemble, analyze and summarize information on factual disputes, matters in litigation, and client agency regulations, procedures and policies; identify legal deficiencies; and suggest needed changes. Examine, analyze and evaluate case files for litigation worthiness in light of relevant law and regulations, to determine if evidence supports legal action. Review title evidence on real estate acquisitions, land exchanges and easements, to determine the status of title and for preparing preliminary and final title options. Draft letters, memoranda, and legal documents. Prepare and issue litigation hold notices. Identify contacts and interviewing witnesses. Prepare proposed pleadings for use in administrative, bankruptcy, and federal court cases including civil complaints, declarations, and affidavits. Use a variety of computer software and resources, including Westlaw, Lexis-Nexis, PACER, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint and other software to assist attorneys in all aspects of the legal work of the office.
Qualification and Experience
For GS-11: Must have 1 year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-09 level) that demonstrates: 1) preparing language pleadings used in administrative, bankruptcy, and federal court cases including litigation holds, complaints and affidavits; 2) logging and retrieving materials using automated resources for purposes of discovery and exhibit management; 3) advising management of any issues that are significant to the case and position of the agency; 4) collaborating with others to establish deadlines and priorities and the ability to make adjustments imposed by current or additional assignments; 5) keeping attorneys informed of changes in regulations and making recommendations based upon applicable legal authorities.
Education may be substituted for specialized experience in the following: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related.
Note: This job is open to current or former competitive service federal employees.
Application Deadline: March 19, 2018.
Announcement Number: AG-OGC-2018-0032. Apply online. No emails. Visit website for more information.
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of General Counsel (USDA)
14th Independence Avenue,
Washington, DC 20250-9338