Washington State Legal Assistant 3, Everett Office, Attorney General's Office in Everett, Washington


This position will remain open until a sufficient number of qualified candidates have applied. First review of applications is expected to occur on 3/23/2018 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 AGO serves more than 230 state agencies, boards, commissions, colleges and universities, as well as the Legislature and the Governor. The mission of the Office is to deliver the highest quality professional legal services to officials, agencies, and citizens of the state of Washington. The Office is comprised of over 550 attorneys and 700 professional staff. Diversity is critical to the success of the mission of the AGO. It is the recognition, respect, and appreciation of all cultures and backgrounds and the fostering of the inclusion of differences between people. Appreciating, valuing and implementing principles of diversity permits AGO employees to achieve their fullest potential in an inclusive, respectful environment. The core values of the AGO are served by a strong commitment to the value of diversity and by promoting an inclusive workplace.

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The Opportunity

The Attorney General's Office is recruiting for a non-permanent full time Legal Assistant 3 in Regional Services Division. This position is located in Everett, Washington. This non-permanent appointment is expected to run through 6/30/2019.

The Regional Services Division consists of seven offices that are the "face of the AGO" in Bellingham, Everett, Port Angeles, Vancouver, Kennewick, Yakima, and Wenatchee. These offices provide a wide variety of legal services for a number of different client agencies, such as the Department of Social and Health Services, Department of Labor and Industries, Employment Security Department and Department of Licensing. The offices also represent educational institutions, including Western Washington University and Central Washington University, as well as local community and technical colleges: Peninsula, Whatcom, Bellingham Technical, Skagit Valley, Everett, Edmonds, Clark, Lower Columbia, Walla Walla, Columbia Basin, Yakima Valley and Wenatchee Valley. The Regional Services Division also represents and advises the School for the Deaf, the School for the Blind, and several Educational Service Districts.


In support of the mission and values of the Attorney General's Office and under general direction, the senior level legal assistant provides support for Assistant Attorneys General by performing complex legal support functions such as:

  • Identifying and pursuing next steps in litigation or adjudication process
  • Ensuring and verifying timely and proper service of legal documents
  • Scheduling depositions, conferences, or hearings
  • Calculating, verifying, and calendaring critical events and other dates
  • Drafting pleadings for trails and hearings
  • Managing case documents and files
  • Training and/or mentoring other legal support staff and serves as resource for staff regarding technical legal assignments.

In addition, this position performs entry-level paralegal duties approximately 35% of the time to include:

Performs entry-level paralegal duties to two or more Assistant Attorneys General (AAGs). Independently composes and prepares pleadings for trial or hearing, including dependency review hearing orders, permanency planning review hearing orders, and termination orders, by collecting, organizing, and analyzing factual data from ISSPs, prior orders and filed petitions. Examines documents to assure that all necessary legal steps and points have been covered; and that all legal deadlines and due process requirements are met. Schedules and completes arrangements for expert/lay witnesses appearances and court reporter/videographers for testimony at trials and hearings, using own knowledge of specific cases and hearing schedules.

Independently composes and prepares shelter care hearing orders, health record authorizations, shelter care 30-day orders, preliminary hearing orders, dependency findings of fact and dispositional orders; motions and orders to publish, motions and orders to continue hearings, Unified Family Court pleadings, adoption review orders, Title 13 guardianship documents and other miscellaneous court orders as needed. .Prepares, serves and files motions, pleadings, notice of hearings, initial or final orders and accompanying correspondence in compliance with court rules. Independently composes and prepares letters and memoranda for attorneys.


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.


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.


  • 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. Honoring diversity, equity and inclusion means that as an agency, and as individuals, we are committed to ensuring that all employees and volunteers enjoy a respectful, safe and supportive working environment. Only by fostering the inclusion of people from all backgrounds, cultures and attributes, can_AGO employees and volunteers achieve their fullest potential and best advance the goals and mission of the AGO. _

The AGO is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation/gender identity, age,disability, honorably discharged veteran or military status, retaliationor 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 information in an alternative format may contact Tracy Robinson at 360-586-7693. Those with a hearing impairment in need of accommodation are encouraged to contact the Washington Relay Service at 1-800-676-3777 orwww.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: Snohomish County – Everett, WA

Job Type: Full Time - Non-Permanent

Department: Attorney General's Office

Job Number: 2018-02600

Closing: Continuous

Agency: State of Washington

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