Paralegal II or III - Civil Litigation

Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
May 04, 2018
Closes
May 21, 2018
Hours
Full Time
Job Description Department Marketing Statement:

 

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), Office of General Counsel is seeking a full-time paralegal to assist in its Civil Litigation Section.  A bachelor¿s degree and prior paralegal experience are required.  The successful candidate will be familiar with personal injury and employment litigation.  Experience working with state and federal courts of Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia is preferred.

 

Note:  This position is the Second of a three-level Career Ladder Series , but level III will also be considered (commensurate on experience).

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education

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

Experience

  • A minimum of three (3) 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 mid-level professional legal support position.  The Paralegal II works with attorneys and performs tasks on a variety of matters, including, but not limited to litigation, employment, workers’ compensation, finance, general business, corporate, privacy, public access to records, and contracts.   The incumbent often works on all phases of a matter, such as on a trial from beginning to end.    For litigation matters, paralegal supports attorneys in courtroom and may be required to attend trials acting as an assistant to the attorney during the court proceedings. The employee generally may be assigned work of a more complex nature, with only occasional or supervision on the most complex matters.  The employee receive work guidance from attorneys, managers, supervisors, and senior paralegals.   To some extent the exercise of independent judgment in accordance with well-established policies, procedures, and techniques.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Completes substantive legal work that requires knowledge of legal concepts to include maintaining litigation files, reviewing and preparing material for storage or disposal once a case or matter has closed, under the supervisor’s direction.
  • Drafts a variety of legal documents, including answers, motions, discovery responses and requests, briefs, and routine correspondence.
  • Prepares briefs and motions in final format, including automating Tables of Contents (TOC) and Tables of Authorities (TOA).
  • Performs investigations of accident/injury claims of Washington MetropolitanArea Transit Authority (WMATA)'s 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 General Counsel (COUN) and WMATA’s established 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 to include medical, employment, and other relevant documents by noting, investigating, and referring any errors or omissions to attorneys.
  • 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.

OTHER FUNCTIONS

  • Performs legal research using the department’s online research tools and the print library.  Interprets and prepares summaries of applicable case law.
  • 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.
  • 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 and inputs documents into the WMATA legal database for tracking related to deadline and dues 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:

  • Personal Interview
  • Skills Assessments
  • Verification of education and experience
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Credit history report for positions with fiduciary responsibilities
  • Successful completion of a medical examination including a drug and alcohol screening
  • Review of a current Motor Vehicle Report

Closing:                                               

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, a Federal contractor, is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, physical or mental disability, or status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by applicable federal law, except where a bona fide occupational qualification exists. Our hiring process is designed to be accessible and free from discrimination.

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.

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