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ProfileLegal Assistant I The candidate will work for Division: Consumer Protection. Performs routine legal assistant work for the Office of the Attorney General –Consumer Protection Division. Work involves researching, analyzing, investigating, and drafting legal documents and assisting attorneys with case management. Drafts, prepares, reviews, and edits pleadings such as petitions, dispositive and evidentiary motions, briefs, abstracts, legislative histories, petitions, summary judgments and other legal documents for use in trials, appeals, hearings, administrative hearings, and other administrative and agency proceedings; also draft, maintain and organize necessary administrative reports/excel spreadsheets. Prepares, coordinates and schedules discovery and discovery responses for use in legal proceedings; to include to drafting, scheduling response due dates, and sending out interrogatories, requests for production, requests for admissions and other requests for information in accordance with local, state, federal and agency rules and procedures; and bates labeling, redacting and coordinating discovery requests with client agencies. Assists in all phases of trial preparation, including setting hearings/depositions/meetings, ordering demonstrative aides, organizing trial notebooks and exhibits, scheduling witnesses for trial, and handling exhibits during the trial. Files pleadings with court and reviews mail and maintains calendar/docket, files, case openings and closings. Researches and analyzes legal sources such as statutes, case law, administrative records, opinions and rules and regulations; prepares memoranda on research findings. Coordinates the service of subpoenas, notices of deposition, and preparation of other legal documents. Checks citations quotations, footnotes, and references for accuracy; shepardizes cases. Schedules, attends, assists and prepares attorneys for hearings, trials, agency meetings, appellate arguments, depositions, docket calls, administrative hearings or committee meetings and meetings with complainants, witnesses and expert witnesses. Assists with coordinating, assembling and preparing evidence, exhibits, affidavits and other documents for use in legal proceedings as well as assist attorneys and support staff with case management; organizing case files; preparing chronologies, fact summaries, and witness files, and attending initial interviews and depositions. Performs related work as assigned. Maintains relevant knowledge necessary to perform essential job functions. Attends work regularly in compliance with agreed-upon work schedule. Complies with all agency policies and procedures, including those pertaining to ethics and integrity.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate should have completed Graduation from high school or equivalent. Graduation from a course of study for legal assistants [Copy of certificate required at time of interview]; may substitute Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in legal studies for required certificate. Education: Ninety credit hours from an accredited college or university; may substitute one year full-time legal assistant, legal secretary, or general office experience in a legal environment for the required education, with a maximum substitution of three years. Knowledge: Legal terminology, Westlaw, Lexis Nexis, or other legal research tools/methods and techniques; and of administrative and court procedures. Legal documents and general office practices. Knowledge of legal terminology and principles. Skills: Skill in handling multiple tasks, prioritizing, and meeting deadlines; Skill in exercising sound judgment and effective decision making; Skill in effective oral and written communication; Skill in understanding and processing information, in the use of office equipment, and in the use of computers and applicable software. Ability: Ability to receive and respond positively to constructive feedback. Ability to work cooperatively with others in a professional office environment. Ability to receive and respond to constructive feedback. Ability to conduct research, to draft, prepare, and interpret legal documents; to evaluate and relate findings to cases in questions; to conduct investigations; and to communicate effectively. Ability to prepare and review legal documents and conduct research. Ability to provide excellent customer service. Ability to arrange for personal transportation for business-related travel. Ability to conduct research, to draft, prepare, and interpret legal documents; to evaluate and relate findings to cases in questions; to conduct investigations; and to communicate effectively. Ability to perform legal research. Ability to read, write and speak Spanish fluently.
Texas Office of the Attorney General
300 West 15th Street
Austin, TX 78701