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ProfileParalegal/Legal Assistant IV Duties: Performs specialized legal research in support of forfeiture work, including research of legislative intent, controversial judicial precedents, case law, law review article, and slip opinions. Utilizes a variety of automated legal research tools as well as public information databases and other automated resources to research case or program specific legal matters, and to participate in assigned areas of criminal or civil proceedings, e.g. electronic discovery. Receives, examines, and evaluates new and complex cases referred for judicial forfeiture proceedings by the seizing agencies with reference to the fact of the case and agency standards for case litigation worthiness, appropriate statutes, and pertinent case law. Reviews investigative reports for probable cause for forfeiture, determines the need for additional information and evidence, and plans a comprehensive approach to obtain this information and evidence. Advises the forfeiture attorney regarding the merits of the potential forfeiture and the probabilities of success of the forfeiture in light of the strengths and weaknesses of probable cause and potential defenses. Assists forfeiture attorney in persuading claimants and claimants attorneys of the correctness of the agencys legal position and the appropriateness of the agency=s proposed settlement. Prepares appropriate documents for settlement or other appropriate disposition. If settlements cannot be agreed upon, prepares all necessary pleading for the court in order to attain the issuance of default decrees of forfeiture. Assists forfeiture attorney in preparing presentations for court proceedings by compiling, organizing, and indexing various evidentiary exhibits. Assist s the forfeiture attorney in pretrial preparations by preparing, reviewing, and organizing discovery; notifying, interviewing, preparing summaries of, and managing witnesses; and researching case law. Interviews federal agents and other local law enforcement officers concerning the probable cause for forfeiture and the availability of evidence and witnesses. Prepares legal pleading necessary to commence judicial forfeiture proceeding and subsequent motions, papers, and proposed orders to accomplish forfeiture, settlement or dismissal. Prepares drafts of legal memoranda or briefs for the forfeiture attorney. Receives transcripts of depositions and prepares summaries to assist attorneys. May or may not be required to supervise other contract employees. Provides training to other contractor paralegals as required.
Qualification and Experience
Qualifications: A four year bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies, or a four year BS/BA degree in another field plus a paralegal certificate. 4+ years of paralegal litigation experience; trial experience is very helpful. Knowledge of forfeiture laws, policies, and procedures. Knowledge of the capabilities and use of automated resources and technology for the development, presentation, and prosecution of federal cases; 1+ year of automated litigation support experience.
ASRC Federal Holding Company.
7000 Muirkirk Meadows Drive,
Beltsville, MD 20705