Washington State Paralegal 2, Social and Health Services Division, Attorney General's Office in Tumwater, Washington

Description

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.

For more information about the AGO, we encourage you to review the Office's newest Annual Report which can be found HERE.

The Opportunity

The Attorney General's Office is recruiting for a permanent full time Paralegal 2 in the Social and Health Division. This position is located in Tumwater, Washington.

The primary client agency of the Social and Health Services Division is the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) and Health Care Authority (HCA). DSHS administers a variety of federally-and state-funded programs to protect the general public and assist those who are unable to provide for themselves. Programs include income and medical assistance, children's services, child support, behavioral health and recovery services, developmental disabilities, juvenile rehabilitation, alcohol and drug rehabilitation, vocational rehabilitation, nursing home regulation, adult protective services, home and community care services, and other related community social service program activities. The HCA workload includes advising and defending the various programs that the Health Care Authority administers, including the Medicaid program, the Public Employees Benefits program, and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Legal services provided to these programs include client advice as well as representation of the programs in legal challenges.

Duties

This position provides paralegal assistance to Assistant Attorneys General on programs or team litigation. This position functions at a high level of independence in performing substantive paralegal work which, absent the paralegal, would be performed by as assistant attorney general. It may be assigned to other sections within the division as necessary to accomplish the workload therein.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Independently draft/compose pleadings, memoranda, affidavits/declarations for attorney's signature, and correspondence under own name;
  • Assist attorneys in case discovery and trial preparation, including developing legal strategy, analyzing, selecting, and summarizing documents to identify information relevant to factual or legal issues;
  • Prepare information and exhibits needed by attorney to conduct discovery depositions and trial appearances;
  • Gather factual information about cases or other matters (independently interviews witnesses, clients and employees; gathers documents and other pertinent information) and prepare affidavits or declarations in support of information gathered;
  • As required, independently participate in electronic and paper discovery by, (a) identifying, gathering, organizing and maintaining documents necessary for discovery; (b) developing and maintaining tracking logs for the identification and receipt of documents and actions taken; (c) completion of chain of custody forms; (d) preparing answers and objections to interrogatories, requests for production and responses to the same, and (e) reviewing answers to discovery for completeness, evasiveness, and propriety of objections;
  • Evaluates documents to determine privilege and prepares indices of privileged documents to be withheld from opposing parties. Compiles information in large databases.
  • Working with the Litigation Support Manager and trial team to identify case specific and case related database needs and coding requirements;
  • Utilize electronic databases for tracking documents, pleadings, depositions and other legal documents including the ability to use and modify existing computer databases;
  • As required serve as liaison with opposing counsel on the development of a discovery plan related to the production of electronic and paper discovery;
  • Independently review matters referred from DSHS and independently contact the client to obtain additional factual information and evidence in support of the case;
  • Document actions and update Notes section in CMS as appropriate;
  • Independently generate queries and reports as requested;
  • Conduct legal and other technical research utilizing Westlaw, library resources and the internet. Prepare research reports as requested;
  • Serves as initial point of contact for client, opposing counsel, pro se litigants and/or courts; provides case information, schedules hearings, obtains information for attorney, if necessary;
  • Confers with litigation experts; coordinates meetings between experts, clients, counsel, and other parties; maintains effective working relationships with clients and experts and updates clients and consultants on case progress. Qualifications

Option 1: Graduation from an accredited two-year paralegal program plus two years' experience as a paralegal.

Option 2: Graduation from an accredited four-year college and completion of a nine-month paralegal program plus one year experience as a paralegal.

Option 3: Three years' experience as a paralegal.

Option 4: Two years as a Paralegal 1.

In addition, the most competitive candidates will possess the following preferred qualification:

Knowledge of various electronic database programs and Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) practices and procedures.

Supplemental Information

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: $3,985.00 - $5,229.00 Monthly

Location: Thurston County – Tumwater, WA

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Department: Attorney General's Office

Job Number: 2017-06268

Closing: 7/24/2017 11:59 PM Pacific

Agency: State of Washington

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

Phone: View Posting for Agency Contact

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