Paralegal/Legal Assistant:

Location: Portland, OR
Date Posted: 09-27-2017
Paralegal/Legal Assistant:  

C&C International is in need of a Paralegal/Legal Assistant. The candidate will provide a variety of direct legal support assistance services to attorneys and staff within the Civil Division performing the following tasks but not limited to:
 
*Examines, prepares and processes a variety of technical legal documents which arc 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, federal agencies, or other sources, and submits completed legal documents. In preparation of documents, considers the nature and the status of the case involved. With limited instructions prepares such legal actions as complaints, discovery requests, responses to interrogatories and requests for production of documents, deposition notices, and consent decrees, among others. Contractor completes various aspects of recurring legal documents in conformance with the local court rules governing style and format.
*Provide assistance in trial preparation y performing duties such as independently compiling trial notebooks, assembling jury instructions or proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law, 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. Contractor 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 interpretation, but do require a good working knowledge of federal civil procedure and specialized terminology, e.g. transmittal of pleadings, requests for extensions of time in certain cases, advising of actions taken or developments in cases referred by other federal agencies, and notices to attorneys.
*Receives visitors and telephone callers. Contractor furnishes accurate information concerning pending and closed matters and cases, functions and general procedures of the office. Determines which matters should be referred and the urgency of the matter.
*Establishes and maintains a variety of files. Searches legal reference files for information needed to conduct interviews and prepare correspondence.
*Performs docketing duties such as opening, updating and closing case through use of the automated case tracking system. As necessary, searches database for required information.
*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. Maintains calendars, scheduling appointments, interviews, and conferences, and provides reminders of commitments and court appearances. *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 tables, graphs and charts which may be incorporated into legal documents or courtroom presentations. Contractor ensures proper format, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and grammar.
*Works and interacts professionally and effectively with all levels of staff.
*Ability to meet established deadlines and work as a team player in a professional office.
*Skill in meeting and dealing with people in a courteous and tactful manner.
*Performs other related duties as assigned. 
 
Required Qualifications:
*Proven excellent written and oral communication skills.
*At least ONE (1) year of litigation paralegal experience.
*Paralegal Certificate. An equivalent level of training may be substituted.
*Proficient in Microsoft Office software programs (i.e., Word, PowerPoint, Excel MS Access or other similar databases and Outlook), Adobe Professional and WordPerfect Office Suite or similar applications.
*Must have basic knowledge, including knowledge of standard legal citation system sufficient to perform legal research;
*Thorough knowledge of legal research tools such as LEXIS and Westlaw.
*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 environment.
*Skilled in meeting and dealing with people in a courteous and tactful manner.
*Some walking, standing, bending, moving documents and carrying small office items.
*Ability to obtain a security clearance.
*Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  
Desired Skills:
 
*Experience working in a Government and/or Litigation Support environment in conjunction with basic qualifications and/or equivalent level of training.
*Experience working with docket.
*Trial Experience very helpful.
*Automated litigation support experience very helpful (i.e Concordance, Summation, iConect, Relativity or similar databases). *Current or active clearance.
*Current or active clearance.
 
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