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Paralegal, Litigation Support Services, U.S. Dept. of Justice

Camp Springs, MD · Legal
C & C International Recruitment Accepting Resumes For:

Paralegal position to assist in the work of the

Litigation Support Services
for Mandamus Claims, Visa Petition Appeals, Complex/ Class Action Cases
U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ)
Camp Springs, MD 20746

---  Please review the Resume Requirements, Qualifications, and Responsibilities/ Duties for the position prior to providing resume with references.  ---
Email recruiting@ccintercomputers.com to request a resume template.
Please include position, division, and location in the subject line of email.

(Candidates reviewed in order of preference meeting Preferred Qualifications and Responsibilities/ Duties listed as experience in prior positions on resume.)

This is a temporary to permanent hire Service Contract Act position with an hourly pay rate of $ 25.60 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: 

Tentative start date October 1st, 2022 through May 31, 2023, with potential for annual extensions through 2027

Work Hours Operations:  Tentative schedule 8:30 to 5 p.m. or 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Eastern,  Monday through Friday, 8 hours a day, 30-minute lunch break, two 15-minute breaks
  • In the office every day for one to three (1 to 3) months during an initial “learning and training” period, and then will allow flexible tele-work, which would allow in-person support only two (2) days over a  two-week/ 10 business days pay period  ---  Specific projects that require in-person support may require more days in the office.
  • After the first few months, subcontractors may have some flexibility to set their schedules, within a 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern time frame window
-  Work schedule is expected to be the same as the supported office personnel
-  If overtime is needed, overtime shall only be performed with the prior approval of the Contracting Officer Representative, COR, and in accordance with contractor procedures
 
  • Tele-work may be permitted depending on office need, to be coordinated after selection for the position
  • Must have ability to communicate with the customer personnel through e-mail and Microsoft Teams and must maintain their own reliable internet/network access when teleworking

Resume Requirements:

Full contact information is requested on the resume for security clearance procedures. 
Resumes without complete requested information may not be considered or reviewed.
 
  •  A one-paragraph overview highlighting qualifications for the position, software experience, and education  
-  Please clearly include software applications experience and certifications  -
-  Clearly state experience in e-Discovery software applications such as Relativity, iPro, Case Map, Trial Director, Concordance, et cetera
  • 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, MM/YYYY)
Date of Graduation (month and year, MM/YYYY)
 
Special Requirements:
 
-  Must be a U.S. citizen
 
-  Must obtain a U.S. government security clearance, Public Trust
(active clearance preferred)


Paralegal
Qualifications: 
 
  • 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; trial experience very helpful
 
  • Automated litigation support experience valued
 
  • Must have basic legal knowledge, including knowledge of standard legal citation to cite check legal motions and memorandum and must have sufficient experience with legal research tools such as LEXIS and Westlaw to perform basic legal research
 
  • Requires excellent written and oral communication skills, 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 Electronically Stored Information, ESI, tools and knowledge of e-Discovery procedures and resources
 
  • Ability to consistently deliver highest quality work will be very important
 
  • Must be a US Citizen and able to obtain a Public Trust clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

-  Trial experience
-  Automated litigation support experience
-  Active security clearance

Paralegal
Responsibilities/Duties:

To support the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) with more than 12,000 new annual filings of litigation in three main categories: 1) Mandamus Litigation 2) Visa Petition Appeals and 3) Complex and Class Action litigation.

The following tasks are required to support the Mandamus Litigation:

i. Organize, update and ensure completeness of individual litigation files. Monitor attorney duty mailboxes to identify new mandamus litigation filings, record them in data management systems, and forward them to the appropriate parties as required

ii. Determine the status and location of the applications/petitions subject of case, whether the relevant cases are outside of processing time, and other factual details to determine the validity of facts as articulated in the complaint, perform all systems checks including, but not limited to, National Files Tracking System (NFTS), Computer Linked Application Information Management System (CLAIMS), Person Centric Query System (PCQS), Tableau.

iii. Review, monitor, provide legal research and ensure communication between the Department of Justice and the customer for mandamus lawsuits previously determined to be non-defensible pursuant to policy. Paralegals will conduct all necessary research and correspondence between the DoJ and the customer operational client to see the case through to completion (final decision by judge or voluntary dismissal) and notify an attorney if there are any legal issues with the adjudication of the case or any other problems

iv. Compile, prepare, and summarize relevant materials for use by attorneys in in preparation of status conferences, motions, briefs, and other legal documents.

v. Use legal research tools such as LEXIS and Westlaw to perform basic legal research as it relates to the Mandamus litigation

vi. Use a variety of computer applications, including word processing, databases (such as document review and file management systems), spreadsheets, imaging, and hardware systems

vii. Make periodic updates to the PMT to ensure the status of the case is updated including the name of the attorney assigned, the next court deadline (for answers, motions, Responses) and the completion of the case including the court disposition

The following tasks are required to support the Visa Petition Appeals:

i. Organize, update and ensure completeness of individual litigation files Perform all systems checks including, but not limited to, National Files Tracking System (NFTS), Computer Linked Application Information Management System (CLAIMS), Person Centric Query System (PCQS), Tableau to determine the status and location of the applications/petitions subject of case, and other factual details to determine the validity of facts as articulated in the appeal

ii. Compile, prepare, and summarize relevant materials for use by attorneys in in preparation of the appeal.

iii. Use legal research tools such as LEXIS and Westlaw to perform basic legal research to support customer’s briefing of the defense of the visa petition appeal

iv. Use a variety of computer applications, including word processing, databases (such as document review and file management systems), spreadsheets, imaging, and hardware systems

v. Receive Records of Proceedings (ROPs) or Electronic Records of Proceedings (eROPs) from the customer operational client and update required electronic systems (including PMT and CLAIMS/NFTC etc.) to indicate receipt

vi. Review the ROPs for completeness and accuracy and return to the operational client for any necessary corrections

vii. Perform any necessary legal research and assist with draft a government brief in support of the underlying decision for attorney signature

viii. Draft trend reports and narratives summarizing common issues that arise in visa petition appeals

The following tasks are required to support the Complex Administrative Procedures Act (APA)/ Class Action Cases:

i. Organize, update and ensure completeness of individual litigation files

ii. Monitor attorney duty mailboxes to identify new litigation filings, record them in data management systems, and forward them to the appropriate parties as required

iii. Determine the status and location of the applications/petitions subject of case, whether the relevant cases are outside of processing time, and other factual details to determine the validity of facts as articulated in the complaint, perform all systems checks including, but not limited to, National Files Tracking System (NFTS), Computer Linked Application Information Management System (CLAIMS), Person Centric Query System (PCQS), Tableau

iv. Compile, prepare, and summarize relevant materials for use by attorneys in in preparation of status conferences, motions, briefs, and other legal documents.

v. Use legal research tools such as LEXIS and Westlaw to perform basic legal research

vi. Use a variety of computer applications, including word processing, databases (such as document review and file management systems), spreadsheets, imaging, and hardware systems

vii. Make periodic updates to the PMT to ensure the status of the case is updated including the name of the attorney assigned, the next court deadline (for answers, motions, Responses) and the completion of the case including the court disposition

viii. Compile, prepare, and summarize relevant materials for use by attorneys in discovery and in preparation of motions, briefs, and other legal documents.

ix. Summarize depositions and other transcripts for further case preparation.

x. Index, track and control document discovery (including documents produced and received in discovery)

xi. Create indexes, and track exhibits and other materials in preparation for hearings.

xii. Prepare exhibit cross-references, and review documents for relevance and privilege according to established guidelines and criteria

xiii. Compilation of documents for production requests in complex litigation that includes discovery

xiv. Use legal research tools such as LEXIS and Westlaw to perform basic legal research in support of complex litigation.

xv. Use a variety of computer applications, including word processing, databases (such as document review and file management systems), spreadsheets, imaging, and hardware systems

xvi. Monitor attorney duty mailboxes daily and respond to emails or forward them to appropriate parties as required. Perform all systems checks including, but not limited to, National Files Tracking System (NFTS), Computer Linked Application Information Management System (CLAIMS), Person Centric Query System (PCQS), Tableau to determine the status and location of the applications/petitions subject of case and verify the facts in the complaint

xvii. Compile and prepare Certified Administrative Records (CAR) for complex litigation, including APA and Class Action litigation
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