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Senior Paralegal, Affirmative Civil Enforcement Unit, U.S. Attorney's Office

Knoxville, TN
C & C International Recruitment Accepting Resumes For:

Senior Paralegal to assist in the work of the

Affirmative Civil Enforcement Unit, U.S. Attorney’s Office
Knoxville, TN 37902

---  Please review Resume Requirements, Qualifications, and Responsibilities/ Duties prior to providing a resume.  ---

Resumes requested by 12:00 p.m. EST Monday, March 7th, 2022
Resume not meeting requirements, and without references may not be considered  or reviewed for the position. 

This is a temporary to permanent hire Service Contract Act position with an hourly pay rate of $28.05 that includes a Health and Welfare Benefit of $4.22 an hour.


Service  Contract Act, or SCA, position pay rates are determined by the U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division. 
More information is available at
https://sam.gov/content/wage-determinations


Upon completion of six (6) months of employment, the selected candidate can expect an annual salary as a permanent full-time employee with the federal contractor.


Period of Performance: 

Date of hire through May 31, 2022 with potential for annual extensions

Work operations:  Monday through Friday, 8:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. except for 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. 
Resumes without references or with incorrect format may not be reviewed or considered.
 
  •  A one-paragraph overview highlighting qualifications for the position, software experience, and education  
-  Please clearly include software applications experience and certifications  -
  • Resume for each person in MS Word format, over all 1” margins, 10-pitch font, maximum two (2) pages, to include professional references
  • Please provide three (3) professional references in the following format:

Name of Reference:
Job Title:
Organization:
Phone:
Email:
Relationship to candidate during tenure:
 
  • Please include the following contact information:  full name, home address, home phone number, mobile phone number, and personal email address
  • For each position and school attended, please list the following:

City and State
Dates of Employment (month and year)
Date of Graduation (month and year)
 
Special Requirements:
 
-  Must be a U.S. citizen
 
-  Must obtain a U.S. government security clearance, Public Trust
(active clearance preferred)


Senior Paralegal
Basic Qualifications: 

*Requires Paralegal certificate, or Juris Doctorate degree
  • or currently attending an ABA-accredited law school, having completed at least one (1) year of study
  • or an equivalent level of legal training or experience; or an equivalent level of education may be substituted
*Additionally at least two (2) years of litigation paralegal experience or project is required
*At least one (1) year of experience in automated litigation support
 
  • *Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • *Requires sound working knowledge of federal and state court system, legal research procedures, and legal research resources
  • *Requires thorough knowledge of legal research tools such as LEXIS and Westlaw
  • *Must have 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 hands-on familiarity with ESI tools and knowledge of eDiscovery procedures and resources, such as Relativity
  • *Ability to consistently deliver highest quality work under extreme pressure will be very important
  • *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, preferred
  • *Automated litigation support experience
  • *Trial experience very helpful
  • *Experience supporting Affirmative Civil Enforcement (ACE) Unit and/or cases, preferred
  • *Experience with organization and management of a large volume of documents/discovery
  • *Current or active clearance

Senior Paralegal
Responsibilities/Duties:

Typical assignments include the following but not limited to:
 
  • Examines, prepares, and processes 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
  • Reviews and analyzes case files and evidence and, for example, identifies potentially conflicting information and statements, and areas requiring further investigation
  • Assists attorneys in all phases of pre-litigation investigation, including witness interviews and complex factual research
    • Related tasks may include, for example, assistance with identifying, obtaining, summarizing and analyzing relevant claims data
 
  • Assists with document review and maintaining case files, including through use of Relativity and similar document management and review platforms to manage documentary evidence and discovery
  • In preparation of documents, considers the nature and the status of the case involved
  • With limited instructions from the Assistant U.S. Attorneys (AUSA), prepares such documents as draft pleadings, discovery responses and requests, applications, notices, affidavits, summonses, and subpoenas
  • Completes variable aspects of recurring legal documents in conformance with the rules governing their style and format
  • Helps 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
  • 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 a good working knowledge of legal procedures and specialized terminology, e.g., transmittal of pleadings, requests for extensions of time in certain cases, notifying of actions taken or developments in cases referred by other federal departments and agencies, and notices to attorneys representing defendants

Legal Research –
 
  • Performs detailed and specialized legal research including complex issues and legislative history, case decisions and providing case precedent
  • Using original and online legal resources, verifies citations and statutory references contained in legal documents
  • Ensures citations are complete and consistent with source material
  • Using multiple online legal systems, researches references such as agency manuals, directives, issuances, court reports, appellate records or commercial legal publications to locate appropriate data such as applicable precedents, legislative history and commentaries which bear on particular legal issues
  • Independently analyzes both issues of fact and issues of law in order to prepare digests of case decisions and evaluate the applicability of precedents
 
  • Determines which statutes, regulations, cases, procedures and/or policies need to be researched and assembled, prepares initial summary and makes recommendations as to appropriateness of data
  • Organizes and prepares research material and determines information that is pertinent to the case
  • Research assists in the development of cases and is predicated on facts derived from a review of case information, requests from AUSAs and a review of documentary evidence or facts
  • Performs basic legal analysis of routine requests for information

Legal Writing –
 
  • At direction of assigned AUSA, prepares a variety of substantive legal documents to include legal memoranda, motions and motion oppositions, jury instructions and other pleadings, correspondence and papers related to civil actions
  • Prepares documents that summarize and explain case files, depositions, or interrogatories
  • Analyzes information, identifies missing information that requires additional research or investigation and identifies the appropriate reference source
  • Drafts legal documents that identify the legal or factual issues in the case, locate precedents and develop legally supportable conclusions
  • Uses considerable judgment in interpreting and adapting guidelines to draft correspondence and legal documents that accurately summarize information
  • Reviews, proofreads and edits legal documents
  • Verifies citations and statutory references against original sources; documents are drafted for review and approval by an AUSA prior to being submitted

Clerical and Administrative Support Assistance Services to AUSA staff

Typical assignments include but not limited to:
 
  • 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
  • Establishes and maintains a variety of files
  • Searches legal reference files for information needed by AUSAs in conducting interviews and preparing correspondence
  • Assembles exhibits, affidavits, and other legal documents from file material
  • Separates, screens, selects, assembles, and organizes files and records material for disposition or transfer to records depository in accordance with established procedures
  • Performs docketing duties such as opening, updating and closing cases through use of the automated case tracking system
  • As necessary, searches database for required information
 
  • Enters information into various databases 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 for traveler signature and government approval
  • Provides automated litigation assistance to attorneys in trial preparation and courtroom presentations
 
  • Utilizes various software applications and graphics hardware such as scanners and plotters
  • Prepares documents, charts, and visual materials for use in trials
  • Provides technical support e.g., enlarging charts and photographs, duplicating tapes and videos, and marking exhibits
  • Produces a variety of written documents and materials utilizing a wide range of office software applications
    • For example, assignments may include integrating output from different software types, e.g., tables produced by database applications and charts and graphs produced by electronic spreadsheet applications, into word processing or desk top publishing text
  • Products include complicated tables, graphs and charts which may be incorporated into legal documents or courtroom presentations
  • Ensures proper format, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and grammar

The above-mentioned duties may be performed as single functions or in combination with one another.
 
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