This is a paraprofessional, legal support position providing professional assistance to higher level attorney(s) with research and trial preparation on litigation cases that are higher profile. Carries out all of the duties and responsibilities of a lawyer except for the actual practice of law. May work in litigation, bankruptcy, real estate, labor and employment, legislative affairs, or government operations and commercial law.
Examples of Work:
- Conducts preliminary negotiations with owners or their agents to secure deeds, leases, easements or permits to enter property or settle claims
- Conducts legal research, records research, prepare case files and documents on more complex cases or highly visible cases.
- Identifies relevant judicial decisions, statutes, legal articles, codes and other pertinent material
- Drafts, reviews and revises legal and professional documents that require a more in-depth knowledge on a specific subject
- Creates letters, basis of claims, and other forms. Creates documents from templates as necessary.
- Conducts preliminary negotiations with owners or their agents to secure deeds, leases, easements or permits to enter property or settle claims.
- Performs other duties as may be assigned from time to time.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Knowledge of legal principles and practices at a level normally acquired through formal paralegal training and associated experience
- Proficient in Word, WordPerfect, Outlook, Access and Excel data program management; knowledge of TABS3 software is a plus
- Exceptional ability to organize and prioritize numerous tasks and complete them under time constraints
- Ability to concentrate and pay close attention to detail for up to 75 percent of the work time when evaluating legal matters
- Ability to proofread materials for contextual, grammatical, typographical, or spelling errors
- Interpersonal skills critical in order to communicate in person, by e-mail and telephone and follow the instruction effectively from a diverse group of clients, attorneys and staff and provide information with ordinary courtesy and tact
- Work occasionally requires a high level of mental effort and strain while organizing and maintaining multiple cases
- Work may occasionally require more than 40 hours per week to perform the essential duties of the position
- Ability to operate standard office equipment such as computers, photocopiers and fax machines
- Ability to travel to private and public buildings locally and statewide, to assist attorneys in attending to clients’ needs on legal matters is essential
- Ability to perform mathematical functions
- Ability to lift 20 pounds
- Ability to schedule and manage attorney’s appointments on calendar
Open Requirements/Supplemental Information:
Paralegal certifications accepted include: CORE Registered Paralegal (CRP™) or PACE Registered Paralegal (RP) by the National Federation Paralegal Association®; Certified Paralegal (CP) or Certified Legal Assistant (CLA) by the National Association of Legal Assistants; Professional Paralegal (PP) by the Association for Legal Professionals (NALS).
- A seven year combination of education, training and experience related to law.
- Paralegal certification is required. (Certified Paralegals will be deemed eligible with five years of experience related to law.)
In accordance with the City of Jacksonville Ordinance 116.910, effective July 1, 2012, any person who is hired or appointed by the City of Jacksonville and does not reside within Duval County at the time of hire, will have six (6) months to establish permanent residency within the boundaries of Duval County. Failure to establish permanent residency within six (6) months shall constitute resignation from employment. Effective July 1, 2012, any person who is hired or appointed by the City of Jacksonville and does reside within Duval County at the time of hire, but subsequently moves his/her permanent residence outside the boundaries of Duval County, shall constitute resignation from employment.
ONLINE APPLICATION REQUIRED. Apply at www.coj.net , upload resume, certification, and if claiming veteran’s preference, DD-214 (Form 4), for consideration.
Although you may attach your resume for inclusion with your application, it is important your application provides all the relevant education and experience you possess. Otherwise, your application will be considered incomplete.