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Paralegal The candidate will serves as paralegal responsible for directly and independently supporting Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSA) working in the Appellate Division by providing a wide variety of paralegal services. The work requires a specialized knowledge of litigation, document management and related paralegal duties, including legal and factual research. The Contractor must be able to work well with a variety of people, both inside and outside of the office, on time critical deadlines and tasks. Examines, prepares and processes a limited number of legal documents under the supervision of the Appellate Chief or an Appellate Division AUSA. These consist of responses to post-conviction motions, notices of appeal, motions for extensions of time, and other pleadings related to appellate and post-conviction matters. Reviews incoming material and independently determines the need for assembly and preparation of a variety of legal documents, e.g., notices of appeal, scheduling orders, motions, and appellate briefs. Obtains needed information from files, Criminal Division AUSAs, DOJ components, law enforcement agencies, state courts and agencies, or other sources, and summarizes the information or incorporates it into memoranda, pleadings or databases. Responds to inquiries from courts, opposing counsel and DOJ related to pending appeals and post-conviction matters. In preparation of documents, considers the nature and the status of the case involved. Provides assistance to attorneys in preparing briefs and memoranda by independently compiling record material, notebooks, excerpts of record, and other materials. Proofreads and cite checks drafts of legal briefs, pleadings and memoranda. Uses online legal resources to verify citations and statutory references in legal documents. Ensures citations are complete and consistent with source material. Develops tables of contents and indices to briefs in accordance with established format. Lists cited cases, opinions and miscellaneous references in briefs. Composes original letters that do not require legal interpretations, but do require a good working knowledge of legal procedures and specialized terminology, e.g., transmittal of pleadings, requests for extensions of time in certain cases, advising of actions taken or developments in cases referred by other federal departments and agencies, and notices to attorneys representing defendants. Provides a variety of direct clerical and administrative support assistance services to AUSA staff. Typical assignments include: Conducts a daily review of mail, e-mail, and internet sources for notices and actions taken in pending appellate and post-conviction cases. Prepares reports and updates of appellate and post-conviction case processing. Communicates requested information concerning pending and closed matters and cases in accordance with established functions and general procedures of the USAO and Appellate Division. Establishes and maintains files in appellate, post-conviction and crack sentence reduction cases. Assembles exhibits, affidavits, and other legal documents from file materials. Separates, screens, selects, assembles, and organizes files and records material for disposition or transfer to records depository in accordance with established procedures. Establishes and maintains an indexed, word-searchable bank of briefs and motions. Performs docketing duties such as opening, updating and closing cases through use of the automated case tracking systems (LIONS and Appellate database on Microsoft Access), and tracking and reporting crack sentence reduction cases. As necessary, searches database for required information. Maintains calendar of assigned active cases. Tracks filing, hearing, and argument dates. Maintains calendar of the Appellate Chiefâ€™s scheduling appointments and deadlines and provides reminders of commitments and court appearances. Arranges travel by preparing itinerary, and securing transportation and hotel reservations. Prepares travel authorizations and vouchers for signature by the traveler and approval by the Government. Provides litigation assistance to attorneys in preparation for courtroom presentations. Assembles argument notebooks, including indexing of subject matter in excerpted materials. Prepares documents, charts, and visual materials for use in hearings and training presentations. Travel expenses incurred for training or work are to be paid by contractor and will be reimbursed by district once invoiced. Should have the ability to use MS Word, MS Excel, MS Outlook, MS Access or other data bases, and Adobe Acrobat Professional. Able to perform legal research in Lexis/Nexis and /or West Law.
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