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Legal Staff Paralegal in Washington, DC

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Company name

Central Research Inc.

Organization Type


Job Type

Legal Staff

Practice Area

Litigation - General/Commercial

Years of Experience

Min 3 yrs required


Washington, DC

Date Last Verified

Aug 08,2018

Posted on

Jul 24,2018

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Litigation Specialist I The candidate will develop and review the administrative record for FOIA and PA appeal files, becoming familiar with issues raised that are under consideration. Will review appeal documents to extract selected data and information relating to the specific issues under appeal, review, and summarize in a prescribed format. Analyze challenges from appellants regarding bureau’s responses determining whether it properly processed and responded to request. Analyze decisions by bureau, to make determinations on the propriety of withholdings of information or denials of fee waivers. Identify possible deficiencies in FOIA and PA appeal files, communicating with appellants and bureau personnel orally and in writing to identify and resolve them. Create and maintain hard copy and electronic FOIA and PA appeal files, including maintenance and filling of updated files. File and retrieve hard copy and electronic FOIA and PA appeal documents. Responsible for physical document at issue inventory, management and tracking for all requested materials relating to appeal. Receive, review, identify, and place correspondence and other materials received from appellants and bureaus in the appropriate FOIA and PA appeal file and will label records with the assigned numbers. Input and maintain data concerning FOIA and PA appeals in hard copy and automated tracking logs and update. Consult with personnel at bureaus whose actions have been appealed, gather information, put the matter at issue in the appeals in context and complete the bureau responses to appeal. Prepare summaries of discussions with bureaus personnel for the FOIA/PA Appeals Officer’s review. Clarify facts with attorneys, bureau, office representatives, and individuals in the general public in order to reach agreement for the expeditious handling of FOIA/PA appeals. Prepare the agency response to FOIA/PA appellants discussing the bases for determinations, including the rationale for upholding or overturning (in full or in part) bureaus actions. Verify citations and legal references in documents that are submitted in connection with FOIA/PA appeals. Redact protected information in records at issue in FOIA and PA appeals with annotations of FOIA/PA exemptions or PA exceptions used to withhold protected information and prepare agency response to FOIA/PA appellants. Conduct legal research of applicable law and regulations to keep informed of statues, changes or updates in order to apply correct principles of law to FOIA and PA related cases. Bachelor’s degree is needed. Should have 3+ years of litigation support experience, including support of appeal processes or other relevant experience. Experience using legal research techniques and the ability to apply this knowledge to the analysis of legal problems, preparation of legal documents, and the initiation of recommendations concerning various legal issues are needed. Experience with the document review, redaction, and labeling of general document review assignments. Functional knowledge of commonly-used concepts, practices, and procedures within FOIA and PA field is needed. Excellent communication skills, both oral and written is essential. Proficient with Adobe acrobat, MS Office Suite and similar software for FOIA processing and tracking is needed. Ability to successfully complete and maintain a NACI/PII security clearance is needed. Paralegal certification is needed. Licensed Attorney is essential.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
Central Research Inc.
506 Enterprise Dr
Suite 200
Lowell, AR 72745