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Paralegal, Fort Smith U.S. Attorney's Office, U.S. Department of Justice, Feb. 2021

Fort Smith, AR · Legal
C & C International Recruitment Accepting Resumes For:
Paralegal/ Legal Assistant I to assist in the work of the
U.S. Attorney’s Office, U.S. Department of Justice
Fort Smith, Arkansas 72901
The position is a Service Contract Act position with a federal agency with the following  pay rate $ 22.13 an hour that includes a health and welfare benefit.
Pay rates for Service Contract Act (SCA) federal contract positions are determined by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment Standards Administration, Wage and Hour Division. 
More information is available at www.beta.sam.gov/help/wage-determinations.
Wage Determination 2015-5141 Revision 14 12/21/2020
Fort Smith, Arkansas, Sebastian County
Period of Performance: 
June 1, 2021 - May 31, 2022 with the potential for annual renewal
Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., with the exception of federal holidays, unless otherwise stated.
Overtime and travel may be required as needed with proper authorization.
Individual may support any division/section within depending on the needs of the office at time of hire.
Resume Requirements:
Full contact information is requested on the resume for security clearance procedures.
  •  Resume for each person in MS Word format, over all 1” margins, 10-pitch font, maximum 3 pages (2-page resume, 1 page with professional references) 
  • Included your full address, home phone number, mobile phone number, and personal email address
  • A one-paragraph overview highlighting each candidate’s qualifications for the position, software experience and education 
  • Please include three (3) professional references with your resume in the following format.  Resumes without references may not be considered.
 Name of Reference:
Job Title:
Relationship to candidate during tenure:
Special Requirements:
-  Must be a U.S. citizen
-  Must obtain a U.S. government security clearance, Public Trust (active clearance preferred)
Paralegal/ Legal Assistant I
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • *Requires Paralegal Certificate, or Juris Doctorate, or currently attending an ABA-accredited law school, having completed at least one (1) year of study. Only the Contracting Officer can approve a waiver of the education requirements.
  • *At least one (1) year of litigation paralegal experience required.
  • *Must have basic legal knowledge, including knowledge of standard legal citation to cite check legal motions,  and memorandum.
  • *Must have sufficient experience with legal research tools such as LEXIS and Westlaw to perform basic legal research.
  • *Thorough knowledge and hands-on familiarity with a variety of computer applications, including word processing, databases (such as document review and file management systems), spreadsheets, imaging, and hardware systems.
  • *Role also requires basic familiarity with ESI tools and knowledge of eDiscovery procedures and resources.
  • *Ability to consistently deliver highest quality work under extreme pressure will be very important.
  • *Ability to work and interact professionally and effectively with all levels of staff.
  • *Ability to meet established deadlines and work as a team player in a  professional office.
  • *Skilled in meeting and dealing with people in a courteous and tactful manner.
  • *Some walking, standing, bending and carrying of small office items
  • *Ability to obtain a security clearance.
  • *Must be a U.S. Citizen. 
Preferred Qualifications 
  • *Experience working in a Government and/or Litigation Support environment in conjunction with basic qualifications.
  • *Trial experience very helpful.
  • *Experience with Affirmative Civil Enforcement support.
  • *Automated litigation support experience valued.
  • *Ability to review a wide variety of documents, both legal and non-legal.
  • *Current or active clearance.
 Paralegal/ Legal Assistant I
Responsibilities and Duties:
Typical assignments include the following but not limited to:
  • *Performing specialized legal research and writing in support of Affirmative Civil Enforcement (ACE) work through the research and analysis of statutes, legislative intent, judicial precedents, agency rules and regulations, and law review articles as they relate to assigned cases to include those of an especially complex or unprecedented nature.
  • *Utilizes a variety of automated legal research tools as well as public information databases and other automated resources to research case- or program-specific legal matters, and to participate in assigned areas of civil proceedings, e.g. electronic discovery.
  • *Reviewing and evaluating referrals to determine the need for additional information and evidence and planning a comprehensive approach to obtain this information and evidence.
  • *Advising the ACE attorney(s) regarding the merits and weaknesses of ACE referrals based upon applicable law, evidence of liability and damages, and potential defenses, and recommends for or against commencement of judicial proceedings.
  • *Helping the USAO develop new referrals, by ensuring a good working relationship with client agencies and the public, and by assisting in ACE training for federal, state and local agencies, preparing informational literature, etc.
  • *Receiving and analyzing incoming pleadings and correspondence. Determining
  • appropriate action and notes time limitations for responses.
  • *Drafting correspondence and legal documents for ACE attorney’s signature.
  • Drafting proposed orders and decrees for signature of judges and magistrates.
  • *Assisting ACE attorney in pretrial preparations by preparing, scheduling, reviewing, and organizing discovery; notifying, interviewing, and managing witnesses; and researching case law.
  • *Supporting ACE attorney in court proceedings by briefing attorney on pertinent facts, issues, and case law, and by compiling, organizing, and indexing exhibits.
  • *Performs other miscellaneous tasks.
The above-mentioned duties may be performed as single functions or in combination with one another.
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