Legal Support Assistant I
City of Mesa, AZ - Mesa, AZ

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A Legal Support Assistant I performs highly skilled legal secretarial and administrative support work involving knowledge of legal procedures in support of the civil law practice in the City Attorney's office. Duties include: preparing pleadings, organizing litigation files, preparing and organizing contracts and complex transactional files; assisting attorneys with routine transactional case preparation and processing; calculating time under the rules of civil procedure for docketing and calendaring; typing, transcribing and/or drafting correspondence and other legal documents and detailed redline experience. By assignment, other duties may include: preparing appellate briefs and organizing documents in response to subpoenas. As incumbents gain experience and acquire a better knowledge of procedures, assignments may become increasingly difficult. This class performs related work as required.

An employee in this class relieves attorneys of considerable administrative detail by performing difficult administrative and clerical tasks which require a high degree of thoroughness and accuracy. The Legal Support Assistant I class is the entry level of the Legal Support Assistant series/career ladder. Assignments progressively provide opportunity for the application of independent judgment and initiative in legal support assignments. Employees in this class may progress by noncompetitive promotion to Legal Support Assistant II upon meeting the specific criteria-based promotion requirements of performance, education, and experience. This class is supervised by a Management Assistant II. This class is FLSA nonexempt.

Qualifications & Requirements:

Minimum Qualification(s) Required. Any combination of training, education, and experience equivalent to graduation from high school or GED, supplemented by college coursework including general office practices, civil law, legal terminology, or related subjects. One to two years experience in performing progressively responsible clerical and secretarial work, including experience in a law office or related environment providing familiarity with legal procedures. Word processing skills and a minimum typing speed of 55 net words per minute is required and will be verified prior to selection.

Preferred/Desirable Qualification(s). Experience with personal computer (PC) software applications (example: spreadsheet, database) is desirable. Experience with litigation and transactional law is highly desirable.

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