Washington State Legal Assistant 3, Torts Division, Attorney General's Office in Tumwater, Washington

Description

This position will remain open until a sufficient number of qualified candidates have applied. First review of applications is expected to occur on 9/26/2017 and will be ongoing. It is in the applicants' best interest to submit their application materials as early as possible. The hiring manager reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any time. This job posting may be closed at any time without notice.

This position will remain open until a sufficient number of qualified candidates have applied. First review of applications is expected to occur on 5/8/2017 and will be ongoing. It is in the applicants' best interest to submit their application materials as early as possible. The hiring manager reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any time. This job posting may be closed at any time without notice.

Agency Information

The Washington State Attorney General's Office (AGO) provides excellent, independent, and ethical legal services to the State of Washington and protects the rights of its people. The chief legal office for the state of Washington, the AGO's attorneys and staff in 27 divisions and 12 locations across the state provide legal services to roughly 200 state agencies, boards and commissions.

Led by Attorney General Bob Ferguson, the AGO works hard to protect consumers and seniors against fraud, keep our communities safe, protect our environment, and stand up for our veterans.

The Opportunity

The Attorney General's Office is recruiting for a permanent full time Legal Assistant 3 in the Torts Division. This position is located in Tumwater, Washington.

The Torts Division defends tort claims and lawsuits against all state agencies, officers and employees. The majority of cases are based on actions brought under theories of liability for state actions such as highway design, release of inmates, injuries on state property, medical malpractice, employment, child care and custody, auto accidents, maritime injuries, false arrests and unreasonable force. Tort attorneys also provide legal and risk management advice to the Office of Financial Management and state agencies on tort matters.

Duties

This position supports Assistant Attorneys General (AAGs) by performing complex litigation support and entry-level paralegal support. This position trains, leads, and/or mentors lower level staff and serves as a resource for staff regarding technical legal assignments.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Composes, formats, proofreads, prepares, serves and files pleadings, motions, briefs and other legal documents meeting specific time requirements, court schedules and confirmation procedures.
  • Prepares initial responsive pleadings, and correspondence in a civil lawsuit, subsequent answer and jury demand; discovery pleadings, both propounded and responsive, such as interrogatories and requests for production; motions, affidavits, briefs, responses and proposed orders; cost bills; deposition notices and subpoenas; appellate pleadings, motions, and briefs, as well as other documents required by court rule.
  • Checks legal citations and references and Shepardizes/Westchecks case citations.
  • Obtains due dates from court documents or court rules and keeps tickle calendar; keeps attorney, investigator and paralegal informed of approaching due dates.
  • Schedules depositions and hearings, and makes arrangements with court reporters, conference rooms, and travel reservations.
  • Obtains medical, employment, or other records using appropriate legal means.
  • Notifies appropriate agency representatives of settlement negotiations.
  • Receives, reads and dockets incoming mail.
  • Dockets or delegate computerized docketing for all outgoing mail and determines most cost effective and expeditious means of delivery and proof of service.
  • Applies specialized knowledge of various court rules related to legal practice subject matter and court filing procedures.

In addition, this position performs entry level paralegal duties approximately 35% of the time, including collecting and organizing factual information and documents related to litigation, potential litigation, or legal services to state agency clients. Analyzes factual information contained in discovery materials and advises attorney on persons who should be deposed and documents that should be obtained. Locates witnesses by searching discovery records, telephoning or checking other sources of information. Composes, organizes and enters factual information and documents related to litigation into computer databases. Logs and assists with organization and preparation of large volumes of documents related to litigation. Tracks documents, exhibits, pleadings, depositions, and other information by utilizing databases. Identifies, compiles, and prepares documents for discovery and trial. Prepares, organizes and assembles trial materials, including trial notebooks, trial briefs, jury instructions, exhibits, courtroom aids, pre- and post-trial motions. Keeps clients and witnesses informed on progress of cases. Assists attorneys during trial within the office and in the courtroom as requested. Qualifications

Option 1: High School diploma or equivalent and four years of experience in a legal environment in support of an attorney, administrative law judge(s), review judge(s) or equivalent;

Option 2: One year as a Legal Assistant 2;

Option 3: A two-year degree in Legal Secretary Studies, Paralegal Studies or related field of study plus 2 years of legal office experience.

A Bachelor's degree may substitute for the Legal Secretary or Paralegal degree.

Supplemental Information

Applicants for legal assistant positions with the Attorney General's Office are required to take a skills assessment prior to appointment in our agency.

Verification of employment history, professional references, education, (e.g., degree, license, or official transcript) may be conducted. Incumbent may also be required to submit to and pass a criminal background check at any time during the period of employment if, in the scope of their employment and assigned duties, they are identified as a witness by an AAG prosecuting a criminal case.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

In addition to completing the online application, applicants must attach the following documents to their profile in order to be considered for this position:

  • A letter of interest, describing your specific qualifications for the position;
  • A current resume detailing experience, education, and current salary.

READ THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION COMPLETELY:

  • Carefully review your application for accuracy, spelling and grammar before submitting.
  • You may not reapply to this posting for 30 days.
  • The initial screening of applications will be solely based on the contents and completeness of the "work experience" and "education" sections of your application in www.careers.wa.gov, completeness of the application material submitted, and responses to the supplemental questionnaire.
  • A resume will not substitute for completing the "work experience" section of the application.
  • All information may be verified and documentation may be required.

The Office of the Attorney General is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, race, creed, color, national origin, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability.

Persons requiring reasonable accommodation in the application process or requiring this announcement in an alternative format may contact Tracy Robinson at (360) 586-7693 or Washington Relay Service at (800) 676-3777 or www.washingtonrelay.com.

For questions regarding this recruitment or assistance with the application process, please contact Judith Vandergeest at (360) 586-7691 or judithv@atg.wa.gov.

If you are having technical difficulties creating, accessing or completing your application, please call NEOGOV toll-free at (855) 524-5627 or support@neogov.com.

Salary: $3,123.00 - $4,085.00 Monthly

Location: Thurston County – Tumwater, WA

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Department: Attorney General's Office

Job Number: 2017-08477

Closing: Continuous

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

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Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov