The Child Support Enforcement Term Unit (CSET) Paralegal will provide litigation support to the unit’s staff, performing the following duties with latitude for independent judgment and initiative:
filing and transmittal of case file to the Office of Legal Affairs.
- Review cases files/petitions/documents for completeness in OCSE Offices prior to court
the unit’s cases.
- Enter data into the Office of Legal Affairs web-based application (O-LAW) for the tracking of
mail service for filing with the court.
- Prepare and serve affidavits of non-paternity on legal husbands, and complete affidavits of
parents/missing witnesses using LEXIS or other electronic databases.
- Conduct diligent searches for information on/location of legal husbands/absent
necessary for litigation.
- Obtain birth and death certificates, court orders, foster care records and other documents
documents from various NYC Family Courts.
- Obtain divorce judgments and findings of fact from Supreme Court and other legal
and/or convey information and secure legal documents.
- Correspond in writing and orally with court agencies and witnesses in order to obtain
Minimum Qual Requirements
- File legal papers in NYC family courts.
- Retrieve information and documents from court files.
- Telephone correctional facilities to obtain information on incarcerated respondents.
1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, accredited by regional, national, professional or specialized agencies recognized as accrediting bodies by the U.S. Secretary of Education and by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA); or
2. An associate degree or completion of 60 semester credits from an accredited college, accredited by regional, national, professional or specialized agencies recognized as accrediting bodies by the U.S. Secretary of Education and by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and two years of full-time satisfactory experience, acquired in the United States, in the performance of paralegal (legal assistant) services; or
3. A four-year high school diploma or its educational equivalent approved by a State’s Department of Education or a recognized accrediting organization and four years of full-time satisfactory experience, acquired in the United States, in the performance of paralegal (legal assistant) services; or
4. A satisfactory combination of education and/or experience which is equivalent to “1”, “2” or “3” above. Paralegal Certification obtained in the United States from an accredited program or from a program approved by the American Bar Association can be substituted for 12 months of experience. Undergraduate credit can be substituted for experience on the basis of 30 semester credits from an accredited college for 12 months of experience. However, all candidates must have at least a four-year high school diploma or its educational equivalent approved by a State’s Department of Education or a recognized accrediting organization.
To be acceptable, experience in paralegal (legal assistant) services must have involved the American Legal System.
Experience which is primarily legal secretarial or includes only incidental paralegal (legal assistant) services is not acceptable.
Individuals must have one additional year of pertinent paralegal experience or have a baccalaureate degree in addition to the requirements listed above to be eligible for placement in Assignment Level II duties and pay of Paralegal Aide.
Candidate must be permanent civil service Paralegal Aide.
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New York City residency is generally required within 90 days of appointment. However, City Employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County. To determine if the residency requirement applies to you, please discuss with the agency representative at the time of interview.