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Litigation Paralegal

Company: City of Hampton
Location: hampton
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Function

Performs responsible and confidential paraprofessional work in support of the professional legal staff of the City Attorney's Office. May support special projects as required.

Examples of Work

Organizes litigation files and reviews and organizes transactional records as needed.
Cite checks and updates references to case law, statutes/ordinances and administrative rulings relied on in legal writing.
Researches, under direct attorney supervision, existence and application of legal case law, statutes/ordinances, administrative rulings, or other legal authorities for use in attorney preparation of pleadings, contracts and other legal documents.
Proofreads contracts, ordinances, resolutions, policies and other legal documents for proper form, accuracy and completeness.
Drafts routine legal documents under direct attorney supervision.
Provides litigation support from filing of complaint through discovery and trial including, but not limited to, investigation, witness interviews, deposition summaries, document collection, and trial attendance.
Files legal documents with courts and administrative agencies.
Responds to routine information requests from other City departments and the public including, but not limited to, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and document subpoenas.
Performs other duties as required.

Qualifications

Completion of a standard high school course of study or GED. Completion of a paralegal program recognized by the American Bar Association, or graduation from a college or university with an Associate's or Bachelor's Degree in a related field. Requires a minimum of three (3) years of responsible clerical experience; a minimum of two (2) years of legal experience is required. Litigation experience is strongly preferred; experience in processing FOIA is preferred. Requires working knowledge of basic legal principles and court or administrative procedures as they relate to assigned duties; articulate analysis and conclusions effectively in writing and orally, using excellent grammar, spelling and punctuation; the ability to understand and follow oral and/or written policies, procedures and instructions; ability to understand and follow complex directions; ability to recognize when to involve or consult attorney(s) in the progression of assignments. Computer skills that include proficiency in standard word processing software and customized software are required; a skills-based assessment may be required. The ability to take and transcribe dictation is preferred. Must be able to coordinate and organize resources in efficient and effective ways to meet goals; must be able to multi-task and complete assigned work with accuracy. Requires ability to foster and maintain effective working relationships with diverse populations. Must possess a valid motor vehicle operator's license issued by the State of Virginia and must have a satisfactory driver's record based on the City of Hampton criteria. Must successfully complete a criminal background check. A combination of experience, skills and abilities required to perform the duties described above may be substituted for the requirement of a paralegal certificate or an undergraduate college degree.

Features

Work is performed under the general supervision of the City Attorney or designee(s). Requires the exercise of some independent judgment and critical thinking in such matters as legal research, drafting/reviewing legal documents, management of transaction and claims files, and completion of special projects. The ability to handle sensitive and confidential issues with maturity, professionalism and diplomacy is essential. Work environment requires extensive contact with the general public, city employees, elected officials, court officials and other members of the legal community. Work environment requires the incumbent to present him/herself in a polished and professional manner. Must have flexibility to work non-standard work hours when needed. Requires some local/regional travel on an infrequent basis. This is a non-exempt position.

Keywords: City of Hampton, Hampton , Litigation Paralegal, Other , hampton, Virginia

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