Typical assignments include, but are not limited to:
- Experience working in a government or legal environment, strongly preferred.
- Excellent writing and oral communication skills.
- Skilled in meeting and dealing with people in a courteous and tactful manner.
- Paralegal Certificate. An equivalent level of legal training may be substituted with approval of the COTR.
- At least one year of litigation paralegal experience; trial experience very helpful.
- One year of experience in automated litigation support, very helpful (e.g. Summation, Concordance, etc...).
- Proficient with Microsoft Office applications [i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, etc...) and WordPerfect Office Suite.
- Skill in operating a multi-line telephone.
- Basic legal knowledge, including knowledge of standard legal citation system sufficient to perform basic legal research.
- Thorough knowledge of legal research tools such as Westlaw and Lexis Nexis.
- Hands on familiarity with a variety of computer applications, including word processing, database, spreadsheet, imaging and telecommunications.
- Ability to consistently deliver highest quality work under extreme pressure will be very important.
- Ability to use, understand and maintain directories, personnel lists and other guides and references to provide a variety of information on the office and to refer questions to other offices.
- Skilled in operating a computer terminal, personal computer, electronic typewriter, or dedicated word processor using a standard typewriter style keyboard with additional function keys to produce a wide range of documents. A qualified typist is required.
- Some walking, standing, bending and carrying of small office items.
- Ability to obtain a security clearance.
- Must be a U.S. Citizen. Desired skills *Active security clearance, preferred. Specific Job Description The Employee will directly and independently support one or more Attorneys (Criminal and Civil Divisions) at the United States Attorney's Office in Little Rock, AR at 425 W. Capitol Avenue.
- Examining, preparing, and processing a variety of technical legal documents which are characteristically voluminous and complex in format. Reviews incoming material and independently determines the need for assembly and preparation of a variety of legal documents, e.g., complaints, motions, orders, answers, pleadings, and subpoenas. Obtains needed information from files, law enforcement agencies, or other sources, and submits completed legal documents to the appropriate AUSA or, in limited cases, directly to the court. In preparation of documents, considers the nature and the status of the case involved. With limited instructions from the AUSA, prepares such legal actions as indictments, criminal complaints, discovery requests and responses, correspondence and other documents. Completes variable aspects of recurring legal documents in conformance with the rules governing their style and format.
- Provides assistance to attorneys in trial preparation by performing duties such as independently compiling trial notebooks, assembling jury instructions, and compiling witness and exhibit lists. Coordinates with the victim/witness specialist to ensure adherence to current Departmental guidelines relating to victims’ rights and services responsibilities. Notifies appropriate individuals of victim/witness issues.
- Using original and online legal resources, verifies citations and statutory references contained 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 good working knowledge of legal procedures and specialized terminology, e.g. transmittal of pleadings, requests for extension of time, etc...
- Establishes and maintains a variety of files.
- Performs docketing duties such as opening, updating and closing cases through use of the automated tracking system.
- Receives visitors and telephone callers. Furnishes requested information concerning pending and closed matters and cases, functions and general procedures of the office. Determines which matters should be referred to the AUSA and the urgency of the matter.
- Obligates funds for litigation expenses and monitors for continued necessity. Reviews bills and invoices and submits to budget office for payment.
- Maintains calendar of assigned active cases. Tracks filing, hearing, and trial dates, and scheduling conferences and interviews. Develops and maintains suspense system for ongoing cases and informs the AUSA of pending dates and deadlines. Maintains calendar(s) of the AUSA(s), scheduling appointments, interviews, and conferences, and provides reminders of commitments and court appearances.
- Arranges travel by preparing itinerary, and securing transportation and hotel reservations. Prepares travel authorizations and vouchers.
- Performs other duties as assigned. Standard Job Description Paralegal/Legal Assistant I Security Clearance Other Typical Minimums NA LMCareers Business Unit ESS0997 IS&GS-CIVIL (S8200) Business Area Info Systems & Global Sol Program Mega3 (EOUSA) Department 7254024:BPS - SCA Labor Pool Job Class Legal Job Category Hourly/Non-Exempt City Little Rock State Arkansas Virtual No Relocation Available No Work Schedule STANDARD-Mon-Fri/8 hours a day Req Type Blue Sky Direct/Indirect Direct Shift First
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