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
Provides litigation support from filing of complaint through
discovery and trial including, but not limited to, investigation,
witness interviews, deposition summaries, document collection, and
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.
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.
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