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Legal Assistant I The candidate performs a variety of legal administrative work of limited complexity under the supervision of the Legal Office Manager and attorney(s). Essential Functions: Maintains mail log of all incoming correspondence received in the GCO; Provides front desk duties for the GCO, which include greeting and assisting internal and external visitors; Opens and maintains files for general legal and litigation matters; Maintains attorneyâ€™s calendar, including tickler system for follow-up on various matters; Prepares initial draft of legal correspondence under the supervision or direction of an attorney; Under the general supervision of an attorney, prepares a variety of pleadings for filing with Maryland State Courts, Federal Courts, Appellate Courts, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Office of Administrative Hearings, the Maryland Public Service Commission, and other courts; Assists attorney in gathering and organizing discovery requests; Prepares attorney for meetings by compiling, reviewing, and organizing necessary documents; Schedules meetings, witness preparation meetings, depositions, and administrative hearings; Assists attorney in the preparation and assembly of trial notes, testimony transcripts, witness summons, subpoenas/subpoenas duces tecum, court instructions, etc., for attorneyâ€™s use in court; May assist the attorney in checking legal citations, research materials, case law, etc., for accuracy and completeness; Takes notes (either verbatim or in form of minutes) for legal meetings; Sets up video conference calls. Answers telephone and screens callers; Performs other related duties as assigned.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate should have High School diploma or equivalent. Must have 5 years of experience as a secretary or administrative assistant, including 3 years of legal secretary experience supporting attorneys in a law practice whose core business is litigation.
Knowledge: comprehensive knowledge of legal assistant procedures and practices; Excellent knowledge of the English language, grammar, spelling, and punctuation; Thorough knowledge of legal terminology and legal research methods and sources; Good knowledge of office procedures, equipment, and computer applications such as spreadsheets, word processing, email, and databases.
Should have familiarity with standard legal documents, including pleadings, motions, law memoranda, briefs, etc., coupled with understanding the scope of each document. Must be proficient in the use of Microsoft Office applications (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook) and Adobe.
Requisition Number 18-0171
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