David Evans & Associates - Portland, OR

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David Evans and Associates is currently seeking a Paralegal to join our project team for our client based in Portland, OR. This position is located in office of the Senior Vice President, General Counsel (L), Assistant General Counsel for Power (LP) of the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA). The purpose of the position is to serve as a paralegal specialist performing a full range of legal assistance duties in support of BPA Power Services (Power) activities and power rate cases.

Position Responsibilities include but not limited to:
  • Provides legal and analytical support to assist Power in assessing the legal implications of power rate case activities and strategies. These strategies are key to filing and defending BPA rate cases successfully.
  • Analyzes the legal impact of legislative developments and administrative and judicial decisions, opinions, determinations, and rulings on Power activities and rate cases.
  • Makes legal recommendations that may result in changes to, or interpretations or development of Power and BPA policies and programs.
    • Provides legal assistance and advice to Power and BPA attorneys in the development and submission of power rate cases.
    • As requested, may represent the Assistant General Counsel in meetings with Power, the Administrator, and other BPA activities to plan each rate case.
    • Provides guidance and direction on the documentation required to support a rate case. Develops and maintains the rate case schedule to assure all requirements are met.
    • Advises the Power staff on the process and schedule.
    • Assists the Power staff in developing the logic to support the rate case and in drafting testimony.
    • Examines case files to determine issues and sufficiency of evidence or documentation.
    • Maintains liaison with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to assure all deadlines and actions items are met and any conflicts or problems are brought to the attention of the Assistant General Counsel and Power staff.
    • Assists in drafting data request responses and data requests to other parties.
    • Participates in discussions related to motions to strike/motions to compel.
    • Schedules witnesses to assure proceedings go as planned, and may assists in developing cross examination strategies.
    • Assists in pretrial discovery proceedings and in the development and maintenance of the Administrative Record for adjudicatory or court proceedings.
    • Participates in drafting Records of Decision by drafting the transmittal letter and assigned chapters.
    • Files large rate cases personally at FERC, and assures they are complete and accurate.
    • Evaluates and provides expertise and advice on the organization, methods, and procedures for providing legal support to Power.
    • Identifies, researches, and analyzes the processes, systems, and procedures used in the development and submission of Power rate cases.
    • Designs procedures and systems to ensure BPA compliance with applicable Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) requirements.
    • Develops solutions to problems which have not been previously resolved through accepted practices and methods, and as appropriate, makes recommendations which may affect the submission of those power rate cases.
    • Performs extensive and thorough research into the legislative history, precedent cases, decisions, and opinions that may be applicable to the preparation and submission of power rate cases or other Power activities.
    • Interprets and evaluates equivocal or discrepant information collected from varied sources.
    • Researches esoteric statutory, regulatory, court and/or administrative precedents, and other legal opinion or documentary material.
    • Develops and makes usable, ambiguous or confused technical data and other supportive material.
    • Analyzes and synthesizes intricate evidence using a variety of quantitative and qualitative techniques; and prepares comprehensive reports which may serve as the basis for critical legislative regulatory, judicial, administrative, or other legal arguments, interpretations, or opinions.
    • Drafts legal arguments for inclusion in memos, letters, briefs, and other legal pleadings. Prepares affidavits in support of motions.
    • May provide training, briefings, and advisory services to Power and LP staff members. Those individuals trained may include BPA attorneys and contractor law clerks, hearing clerks, and Administrative Law Judges (ALJs). As requested, may participate in the selection process for ALJs, including attending interviews and review of resumes.
    • Serves as the first point of contact with the ALJs. Serves as a liaison between the law clerks and the attorneys.

Position Requirements:

  • This position requires a bachelor's degree; associate of arts degree or certification from American Bar Administration (ABA) approved paralegal program; and commitment to continuing legal education (CLE). Specialized work experience and education may be substituted in lieu a degree or an ABA paralegal certificate.
  • 2-5 years experience which provides similar knowledge, skills and abilities is required.
  • Must have demonstrated experience in Microsoft Word for Windows, Summation, Excel, Access, Outlook e-mail, and calendar scheduling. Proficiency in MS Office Suite 2010 required. The ability to prepare and maintain spreadsheets is required.
  • Must have proven research skills, including experience in Westlaw or Westlaw Next or other equivalent legal research tool.
  • Transcription experience helpful.

General Requirements:
  • Must have strong organizational skills, be detail orientated, self-motivated, self-disciplined, and able to maintain confidentiality and work pleasantly and effectively with attorneys and clients. An excellent attendance record is required.
  • Must have excellent grammar, spelling, and proofreading skills.
  • Must be flexible and able to move readily from one project to another and work under pressure.
  • Knowledge of the laws, precedent decisions, rules, regulations, policies and practices, and judicial or administrative proceedings related to the submission and acceptance of power rate cases is highly desirable.
  • Knowledge of the principles, concepts, and methods of legal research and reference sources such as manuals, directives, issuances, court reports, appellate records, or commercial legal publications is required.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing sufficient to develop and deliver briefings, analyses of findings, memos, letters, and other documents and to draft legal arguments for inclusion in memos, letters, briefs, and other legal pleadings.

Additional Requirements:
  • Travel is expected (rough estimate of 5%) to meetings and trainings

**Interested and qualified candidates may apply directly, or by sending a resume to eai(at)

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