Paralegal Specialist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Nov 25, 2022
Closes
Nov 29, 2022
Hours
Full Time
Duties

This is a paralegal position in the Fair Labor Standards Division within the Solicitor's Office at the Department of Labor. The Division's approximately 30 attorneys perform legal work to help protect workers, including by ensuring they receive minimum wage and overtime pay as required by law. The attorneys' work includes submitting legal briefs to federal and administrative courts.

The Division's paralegals work closely with our attorneys to assist in the preparation and filing of legal briefs, as well as accompanying records or appendices. We are seeking to hire someone who is familiar with legal research tools, in particular including Westlaw, and the Bluebook citation rules. We are also looking for candidates who are detail-oriented and have strong time management skills.

The primary duties of this paralegal position are:
  • Checking for proper formatting of citations to cases, statutes, and regulations in legal documents and providing suggested corrections to attorneys.
  • Checking the accuracy of citations, quotations, and case histories in draft briefs and noting concerns for attorneys.
  • Preparing and creating tables of contents and tables of authorities to appear in briefs.
  • Assembling appendices, certified lists of record, and administrative records in cooperation with attorneys and legal assistants.
  • Arranging for reproducing and binding briefs and appendices, preparing cover letters to clerks of courts, and ensuring that briefs, appendices, certified lists of record, and administrative records are properly served and filed.

The ideal candidate will have the following knowledge and/or skills:
  • Familiarity with legal research tools, in particular Westlaw.
  • Familiarity with the legal citation rules described in the Bluebook.
  • General knowledge of the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure and/or the rules of other courts regarding brief format and contents.
  • Attention to detail, to carefully and accurately make corrections to citations and produce tables of contents and tables of authority.
  • Good communication skills, to work effectively with the Division's attorneys and administrative staff.
  • Strong time management skills, to complete assigned work by set deadlines, often under time constraints and while handling multiple projects.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, including Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, and SharePoint.

The FLS Division is more effective when its workforce includes highly qualified individuals whose backgrounds reflect our nation's richly diverse workforce. The FLS Division endeavors to recruit, hire, promote, and retain a diverse staff. The FLS Division defines diversity as the unique perspectives candidates bring to the program, including, but not limited to, national origin, language, race, color, ethnicity, disability, gender and gender identity, age, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, veteran status, family structure, geographical background, education, and professional experience.

This position is inside the bargaining unit.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid.
  • Must be at least 16 years old and a U.S. Citizen.
  • Candidate required to obtain the necessary security/investigation level.


Applicants must meet time-in-grade, time-after-competitive-appointment and qualifications requirements within 30 calendar days after the closing date of the vacancy to be eligible for consideration for selection.

Federal Employees Please Note: Your SF-50 must include enough information to be able to determine that time-in-grade requirements have been met and reflects your position title, pay plan/series/grade, tenure and the type of appointment (i.e. competitive/excepted). In some cases you may need to submit more than one SF-50.

Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.

Notification Concerning COVID-19 Vaccinations. As required by Executive Order 14043 , Federal executive branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and to submit documentation of proof of vaccination or to be in the process of requesting an exception to the vaccination requirement before appointment or onboarding with the agency. The agency will provide additional information regarding which forms of documentation can be accepted and how you can request to be considered for a legally required exception from this requirement.

Currently, implementation and enforcement of Executive Order 14043 has been suspended pursuant to an injunction pending further litigation.

Qualifications

Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal Service.

Applicants applying for the GS-9 must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07.

Specialized experience is experience that includes assisting attorneys with legal matters, particularly with regard to the production and filing of briefs and appendices with the federal courts and administrative tribunals; preparing tables of content and authorities for legal briefs, assembling appendices with attorneys, arranging for reproducing and binding briefs and appendices, preparing cover letters to clerks of courts, and ensuring that briefs and appendices are properly served and filed; checking case histories, cite checking quotations; and preparing and organizing exhibits, case files, and records.

Applicants applying for the GS-11 must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09.

Specialized experience is experience that includes assisting attorneys with legal matters, particularly with regard to the final production and filing of briefs and appendices with the federal courts and administrative tribunals; preparing tables of content and authorities for legal briefs, assembling appendices with attorneys, arranging for reproducing and binding briefs and appendices, preparing cover letters to clerks of courts, and ensuring that briefs and appendices are properly served and filed; checking case histories, cite checking quotations; and preparing and organizing exhibits, case files, and records.

For this position, applicants may qualify using a combination of education and/or experience, if applicable. If an applicant chooses to utilize education in addition to or in lieu of experience, proof of successful completion of degree must be provided.

For GS-9 level, applicant must have a Master's degree or equivalent graduate degree

OR

2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related.

For GS-11 level, applicant must have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree

OR

3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related.

Education

Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service.

If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.

Additional information

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DOL seeks to attract and retain a high-performing and diverse workforce in which employees' differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility, and fairness so that all individuals can participate and contribute to their full potential.

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