Paralegal Specialist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Oct 13, 2021
Closes
Oct 19, 2021
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

Copyright is a form of legal protection provided by the laws of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) to authors of literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and other works. The Paralegal Specialist works for the Copyright Claims Board (CCB) and: plans and administers the CBB docket, schedule and logistics; plans and administers rulemaking proceedings; prepares legal records and status reports; and performs legal research and analysis.

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Responsibilities

The United States Copyright Office, located within the Library of Congress and under the direction of the Register of Copyrights, administers the Copyright Law, advises Congress and government agencies on legal and policy matters; provides international representation on copyright issues; administers the national copyright registration system; provides collections materials to the Library through voluntary registration and mandatory deposit programs; records documents relating to copyright chain of title; administers statutory license provisions of the law, including collecting and distributing royalties; maintains the world's largest database of copyright public records; and provides information and reference services to the public.

The Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act of 2019 created chapter 15 of title 17 of the United States Code and "establish[ed] an alternative dispute resolution program for copyright small claims." This program is facilitated through the Copyright Claims Board, comprised of three Copyright Claims Officers who render decisions on issues involved in copyright small claims.
The position is located in the Copyright Claims Board, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Copyright Office.

The position description numbers for the position are 413589 and 413590.

The full performance level is GS-11.

The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area.

The incumbent of this position will work a flexitime work schedule.

This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit positions.

Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.

This position, Paralegal Specialist, reports to the Supervisory Attorney-Advisor (General). This position performs legal research and analysis; collects, analyzes, and prepares documents for Copyright Claims Board proceedings or in response to litigation challenging the Board's decisions; drafts documents and materials; administers and monitors dockets and filings; plans and assists in the running of certain public events; and maintains legal files. The position also serves as a public contact to answer inquiries and provide information regarding access to Copyright Claims Board program files and provides administrative services to the Copyright Claims Board.

Using a working knowledge of copyright law, civil procedure, and the procedures and practices of the Copyright Claims Board and the Copyright Office more generally, performs legal research and analysis of legal decisions, opinions, rulings, and memoranda and regulations, selecting from these materials pertinent principles of law before preparing memoranda or digests of the points of law at issue. May make recommendations of courses of action to follow, subject to attorney review and approval. Subject to attorney review, analyzes facts and legal questions presented by Copyright Claims Board personnel administering specific federal laws or Copyright Office regulations, providing answers in those cases where the matter has been settled by precedents or agency policy, and, in some instances, prepares informative and instructive materials for general use.

Works with attorneys to assist in drafting, review, and finalization of proposed Copyright Claims Board decisions and Copyright Claims Board policies and procedures, including cite-checking, blue-booking, proofing, and formatting materials. Follows and implements Copyright Office standard operating procedures to implement regulatory changes under approval of the General Counsel and supervision of the Register of Copyrights, including updating procedures as necessary.

Under attorney supervision, responds to inquiries from internal or external persons regarding the applicability of federal laws and Copyright Office regulations to various situations, directing his/her attention to the policy which may be used in the decision-making process.

Prepares Copyright Claims Board rulings and other public records in coordination with the Copyright Claims Officers and Attorneys, administrative assistants, and others in the U.S. Copyright Office, including the Offices of the Register and Office of General Counsel. Makes rulings and public records available to the public. Prepares periodic status reports on Copyright Claims Board claims, regulatory, policy, or other departmental activity, including assisting with budgeting and strategic planning efforts as directed.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

This position is not eligible for permanent remote telework.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
11

Requirements

Conditions of Employment


No additional requirements to those listed above.

Qualifications

Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.

Ability to communicate effectively in writing.**

Ability to conduct legal research and analysis.**

Knowledge of civil procedure related to legal proceedings.

Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationship and interact collaboratively with others.

Ability to plan, organize and execute work.

Ability to utilize technology to support legal professionals.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

Education

Additional information

Although it is the Library's policy to afford the maximum pay benefit to employees when setting rates of pay, a new appointee who has had no previous Federal service will generally be paid the minimum step of the grade.

The Library of Congress is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities who meet eligibility requirements are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants must submit a complete application package that is received by the closing date of this announcement.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please email ADA@loc.gov. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants with disabilities may be considered under special hiring procedures and must submit an appropriate certificate of eligibility when applying for this position. The proof or disability/certification may be issued by the State Vocational Rehabilitation Office, Disability Services or Career Services office of the applicant's college or university, or the Department of Veterans Affairs. The letter must verify that the applicant has a severe disability and must be dated within three years of the date of the application. Certification from health care providers are not accepted. For more information contact the Library's Office of EEO/Diversity Programs at 202-707-6024 or email spp@loc.gov. FAILURE TO SUBMIT YOUR CERTIFICATION WILL CAUSE YOUR APPLICATION TO NOT BE CONSIDERED UNDER THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT PROGRAM.

The Library of Congress is the national library of the United States and is part of the Legislative Branch of the Federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service.

Appointment/retention is subject to a favorable evaluation of an appropriate personnel security/suitability investigation.

The Library reserves the right to fill a lesser or greater number of vacancies indicated during the life of this vacancy announcement.

Initial appointments, permanent or indefinite, to the Library of Congress require completion of a one-year probationary period.

The Library of Congress may offer repayment for all or part of federally insured student loans. However, not all service units within the Library of Congress participates in the repayment of federally insured student loans. Therefore, determination to repay a federally insured student loan is subject to approval by the appropriate service unit.

A "Not to Exceed" (NTE) status is used to identify an appointment with a specific ending date. However, the Library has the right to separate a NTE employee at any time due to either performance issues or budget constraints.

Are you a veteran? Please indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming in your application materials and/or applicant profile and provide the appropriate supporting documentation to validate your claim. Those applying for 5-point preference must submit Member Copy 4 of your DD 214. Those applying for 10-point preference must fill out an SF-15 (click here for the form) and provide the required documentation listed on the back of the form. If required supporting documentation is not attached, Veterans' Preference will not be considered in the application process.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

The Library of Congress evaluates applicants through an applicant questionnaire and a structured interview. Applicants may also be screened for some jobs through licensing, certification, and/or education requirements, a narrative/application review, and/or a preliminary telephone interview. The knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) that are marked with a double asterisk (**) in the vacancy announcement and the applicant questionnaire are considered the most critical for a position. To be considered for final selection, applicants must demonstrate fully acceptable experience in these designated KSAs in the narrative/application review, preliminary telephone and/or full structured interview. The various assessment tools listed above are designed to verify or explore applicants' experience, knowledge, and training directly related to the job in order to identify the best qualified applicants for selection.

For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please see the Library of Congress Merit Selection Plan, Section X.D, at: http://www.loc.gov/hr/employment/msp010909.pdf .

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required
No

Required Documents

Current or former federal employees must submit their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent).

Applicants with disabilities may be considered under special hiring procedures and must submit an appropriate certificate of eligibility when applying for this position. The proof or disability/certification may be issued by the State Vocational Rehabilitation Office, Disability Services or Career Services office of the applicant's college or university, or the Department of Veterans Affairs. The letter must verify that the applicant has a severe disability and must be dated within three years of the date of the application. The program does not accept certification from health care providers. For more information contact the Library's Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Programs at 202-707-6024 or email spp@loc.gov. FAILURE TO SUBMIT YOUR CERTIFICATION WILL CAUSE YOUR APPLICATION TO NOT BE CONSIDERED UNDER THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT PROGRAM.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.