Paralegal III

Location
Washington D.C
Posted
Aug 04, 2022
Closes
Aug 15, 2022
Ref
220649
Hours
Full Time
*Experience with Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a plus.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education
  • A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university.

Experience
  • A minimum of five (5) years of paralegal experience.

Certification/Licensure
  • None

Preferred
  • Experience in a law firm

Medical Group:

Satisfactorily complete the medical examination for this position, if required. The incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of this position either with or without reasonable accommodations.

SUMMARY

This is a senior level professional legal support position. The Paralegal III is assigned as a Team Leader and provides direction to the junior paralegals. The incumbent often works on all phases of a matter, such as on a trial from beginning to end. For litigation matters, the incumbent supports attorneys in courtroom or may be required to attend trials acting as an assistant to the attorney during the court proceedings. The incumbent generally is assigned multiple tasks and matters of the most complex nature with little supervision. The employee may receive work guidance from attorneys, managers, supervisors, and the Paralegal Supervisor. Familiar with a variety of the field's concepts, practices, and procedures, this position relies on experience and judgement to plan and accomplish goals. The position has independent judgment and action in accordance with established guidelines.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
  • Leads and directs the work of junior paralegals, provides guidance on conducting legal research, drafting documents, and performing administrative tasks.
  • Provides guidance in developing effective working relationships, locating documents and information, interviewing witnesses, effectuating filing of legal documents (paper and e-filing), and other legal support tasks.
  • Drafts a variety of legal documents, including pleadings, answers, motions, discovery responses and requests, briefs, and routine correspondence such as internal memoranda, research summaries, and reports.
  • Prepares briefs and motions in final format, including automating Tables of Contents (TOC) and Tables of Authorities (TAC).
  • Performs investigations of accident/injury claims of Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) employees, clients and third-parties, including locating, interviewing, preparing witnesses and records custodians and photographing accident scenes.
  • Collaborates effectively and professionally to gather evidence and records from other WMATA departments and outside entities, including medical providers, employers, and police and fire departments.
  • Reviews records and recommends redactions using established General Counsel (COUN) and WMATA's guidelines and standards (i.e., personal identifying information (PII), attorney-client privileged, deliberative process, proprietary, confidential business decisions, etc.).
  • Analyzes and prepares summaries of records reviewed by noting, investigating, and referring any errors or missions to attorneys or senior paralegals, including medical, employment, and other relevant documents.
  • Researches and analyzes law sources, such as statuses, recorded judicial decisions, legal articles, treaties, constitutions, and legal codes to prepare legal documents, such as briefs, pleadings, appeals, and contracts, under the direction of an attorney or a paralegal supervisor.
  • Performs all functions necessary to successfully complete e-filing of legal documents in the courts of the local jurisdictions.
  • Prepares queries of data contained in the department's case management system. Analyzes data and prepares management reports.
  • Performs legal research using the department's online research tools and the print library. Interprets and prepares summaries of applicable case law.
  • Maintains litigation files, by reviewing and preparing material for storage or disposal once a case or matter has closed.

OTHER FUNCTIONS
  • Records and maintains attorney calendars, including court appearance schedule, depositions, witness interviews, meetings, site visits and filing requirements.
  • Prepares litigation and non-litigation legal materials, including organization of trial exhibits, preparation of trial notebooks, organization of facts, records, and other documents.
  • Obtains, organizes, and may serve as point of contact for due diligence, litigation or projects.
  • Maintains online and paper pleading and other legal files.
  • Generates new records, using the department's case management system, to ensure all appropriate documentation has been received. Creates physical and online folders and distributes new case files to appropriate party.
  • Dockets communication and other related elements in the WMATA legal database for tracking related to deadlines and due dates, including preparation of routine documents such as closing memos and other legal files.
  • Performs routine office duties such as helping prepare court or other filings, photocopying and scanning documents, and opening and screening incoming mail, creating PowerPoint presentations and spreadsheets.
  • The essential duties listed are not intended to limit specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Nor is it intended to limit in any way the right of managers and supervisors to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.

Evaluation Criteria

Consideration will be given to applicants whose resumes demonstrate the required education and experience. Applicants should include all relevant education and work experience.

Evaluation criteria may include one or more of the following:
  • Skills and/or behavioral assessment
  • Personal interview
  • Verification of education and experience (including certifications and licenses)
  • Criminal Background Check (a criminal conviction is not an automatic bar to employment)
  • Medical examination including a drug and alcohol screening (for safety sensitive positions)
  • Review of a current motor vehicle report

Closing

WMATA is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by applicable federal law.

This posting is an announcement of a vacant position under recruitment. It is not intended to replace the official job description. Job descriptions are available upon confirmation of an interview.