Job Details

Pro Se Paralegal

Company name

United States District Court, Northern District of California

Organization Type

Government

Job Type

Legal Staff

Date Last Verified

Sep 10,2019

Valid Through

Dec 24,2019

Posted on

Apr 03,2019

Min Salary/Max Salary

USD 24425 to 43737 Annually

Years of Experience

Min 3 yrs required

Location

San Jose, CA, United States

Employment Type

Full-time

Industry

Legal
Practice Area
Litigation >> Litigation - General/Commercial
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Pro Se Paralegal
Duties : Assists the court by performing critical and sometimes complex duties needed in effective management and processing of civil cases filed by prisoners who are representing themselves. Reports to the court's supervising staff attorney and works closely with all of the court's staff attorneys / law clerks. Reviews all incoming documents from pro se prisoner litigants, including pleadings, motions, letters and appeals. Assigns a nature of suit code and a presiding judge to all new pro se prisoner cases in accordance with the court's assignment plan. Screens applications to proceed in forma pauperis (IFP) for completeness and accuracy, and prepares deficiency letters as need. Analyzes all initial pleadings to ensure that federal jurisdiction exists and that the pleadings conform to preconditions to suit and set forth allegations in support of claims for relief. Performs advanced case management, including reviewing and evaluating court practices and procedures on a systematic basis to ensure fair and efficient movement of cases to resolution. Tracks and monitors progress of all pro se prisoner cases, and generates appropriate case management reports to ensure staff attorneys / law clerks are aware of all pending motions an events, as well as all missed deadlines. Generates and reviews case management reports to track and monitor daily filing in pro se prisoner cases. Creates and updates contact lists and form templates for responding to routine inquires and requests. Maintains pro se department library and case files. Conducts legal research using Westlaw or Lexis and the court's internal database of legal summaries of pertinent prisoner civil rights and habeas law (blurbs). Maintains the court's legal blurbs. Proofreads and cite checks substantive proposed orders drafted by the staff attorneys / law clerk as requested. Prepares monthly reports and other statistical reports on prisoner case filings. Provides other paralegal and administrative support to staff attorneys / law clerks as needed or assigned. Drafts proposed orders and letters in response to inquiries and non-dispositive motions in pro se prisoner cases, exercising professional judgment and care. Performing triage for all incoming pro se prisoner filings. Preparing deficiency letters regarding inadequate complaint or petition. Preparing deficiency letters regarding missing or incomplete IFP applications. Checking new prisoner case against online three-strikes database and other lists. Determining whether prisoner meets PLRA IFP qualifications, calculating initial filing fees and drafting proposed IFP orders. Drafting response letters to inquiries regarding IFP status and payments. Drafting response letters to miscellaneous requests such as status of case, copies, advice, etc. Monitoring service of process and trouble-shooting service problems by contacting and working with marshal's office, prison litigation coordinators and state attorney general's and city / county counsel's office. Drafting proposed orders of transfer for improver venue. Drafting proposed orders on motions for extensions of time. Drafting proposed orders on motions for appointment of counsel. Preparing case referrals for appointment of counsel . Other duties as assigned.

Qualification and Experience

Qualification : The candidate must have 3+ years of specialized experience, including 1+ year equivalent to work at the CL-24. Must have 2+ years of specialized experience equivalent to work at the CL-24. Specialized experience is progressively responsible clerical experience requiring the regular and recurring application of clerical procedures involving the routine use of keyboard skills and use of specialized terminology, and demonstrated ability to apply a body of rules, regulations, directives, or laws. Such experience is commonly encountered in law firms, legal counsel offices, banking and credit firms, educational institutions, social service organizations, insurance companies, real estate and title offices, and corporate headquarters or personnel/payroll operations.

Preferred Qualifications: A bachelor's degree. 2+ years of experience in a legal setting. Proven research and writing skills. Proven analytical reasoning skills. Ability to meet and communicate effectively with a variety of people. Skill in using applicable automated systems. Experience which reflects the applicant's ability to work under pressure and deal with change. Experience with current versions of WordPerfect, Lotus Notes, Microsoft Word and Windows. Work experience that demonstrates the applicant's ability to successfully manage multiple competing priorities, work with limited supervision, and skill in dealing with others in person-to-person work relationships. Prior federal court experience.

Additional info

Position #FY19-11. Send Cover Letter, Resume, and Three professional references.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
United States District Court, Northern District of California
280 South 1st Street
San Jose, CA 95113

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