Paralegal Specialist

Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for DC - Agency Wide
Washington, DC
Oct 23, 2021
Oct 25, 2021
Full Time
Summary Office of the General Counsel is the legal department for CSOSA and Pretrial Services Agency, providing a full range of legal advisory and representational services to support CSOSAs mission, goals and objectives. This Office also provides advisory informational assistance to the United States Courts, United States Probation Officers and other Federal and state officials, all with respect to CSOSAs legal position on a wide range of criminal justice and administrative matters. Responsibilities The incumbent will have substantial contact with outside agency personnel and will prepare a variety of legal documents, including litigation hold letters, written discovery requests and responses, privilege logs and indexes. Performs legal research, including search of statutes, regulations, legislative history, case law and other legal authorities applicable to particular legal matters. Reviews, analyzes, and organizes facts, documents and other evidence. The incumbent will handle sensitive information, confidential information, and information subject to the attorney client privilege, the attorney work product privilege, and various agency privileges. Attends meetings where relevant legal and factual issues are discussed. The incumbent will assist the attorneys in the preparation of government and expert witnesses for deposition and/or trial. Prepare trial notebooks, schedule witness conferences, prepare trial subpoenas, summarize deposition transcripts, draft legal documents and pleadings, prepare and organize exhibits. Attends trial and assists the attorneys as needed. Investigates and becomes familiar with the facts of assigned cases. Reviews contents of reports and procedural or policy papers to identify potential problems, and to assure consistency with agency policy. Identifies, defines, and analyzes operational problems and poses options and alternatives to existing procedures. The incumbent also supports the Freedom of Information Act program. Assists in all matters of document review, preparation, and processing in matters before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), Office of Special Counsel (OSC), and Office of Personnel Management (OPM), as well as other federal adjudicative entities. Prepares, analyzes, and processes legal documents, such as briefs and advisory opinions. Provides assistance to attorneys with the preparation of case files including the preparation of discovery materials to be provided to litigants, the preparation of subpoenas and court notices, and requesting and obtaining necessary documents and information from outside agencies. Establishes and maintains an effective system of monitoring and tracking cases to insure compliance with all relevant deadlines. Plans, directs, and coordinates a variety of service functions that are principally work-supporting, ie, those functions without which the operations of an organization or services to the public would be impaired, curtailed, or stopped. Such services functions include (but are not limited to) communications, procurement of administrative supplies and equipment, printing, reproduction, property management, space management, records management, mail service, facilities and equipment maintenance, and transportation. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications You may qualify at the GS-11 level, if you fulfill one of the following qualification requirements: A. One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service that demonstrates your ability to work as a litigation paralegal in a law firm or government agency preparing the full range of legal documents, reports, and required case file information, and maintaining the litigation case management system. OR B. SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE: Experience requirements at the GS-11 level may be met by three (3) full academic years of graduate level education or the successful completion of a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, or completion of all requirements for an LL.M. examples of qualifying fields include legal research, legislative/judicial process, research in legal problems, and tort law. OR C. A combination of education and experience as listed above. Time-in-Grade: Current or former federal employees who have held a GS position in the preceding 52 weeks, must meet the time in grade requirement. Applicant must have served 52 weeks as a GS-09 or higher grade in Federal Service. You may qualify at the GS-12 level, if you fulfill one of the following qualification requirements: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service that demonstrates your ability to work as a litigation paralegal in a law firm or government agency preparing the full range of legal documents, reports, and required case file information, and maintaining the litigation case management system. Develops and evaluates all evidence, facts, and circumstances related to the case. Time-in-Grade: Current or former federal employees who have held a GS position in the preceding 52 weeks, must meet the time in grade requirement. Applicant must have served 52 weeks as a GS-11 or higher grade in Federal Service. Candidate must possess a Paralegal Certificate. Experience with Lexis/Nexis or Westlaw, scanners, PowerPoint, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Word and Relativity or similar document management software. Experience with Prolaw is highly desirable. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (eg, Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (eg, professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Education ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) official or unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement. PASS/FAIL COURSES: If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) were taken on a pass/fail basis, your claim of superior academic achievement must be based upon class standing or membership in an honor society. GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study. FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited US education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a US accredited college or university. For further information, visit: -visitus-forrecog.html Additional Information As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (eg, 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 submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021 or your entry on duty date, if after November 22. CSOSA will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required exception from this requirement. Reasonable Accommodation Requests: If you believe you have a disability (ie, physical or mental), covered by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended and Americans with Disabilities Act 1990 as amended, that would interfere with completing the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, you will be granted the opportunity to request a reasonable accommodation in your online application. Requests for Reasonable Accommodations for the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments and appropriate supporting documentation for Reasonable Accommodation must be received prior to starting the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. Decisions on requests for Reasonable Accommodations are made on a case-by-case basis. If you meet the minimum qualifications of the position, after notification of the adjudication of your request, you will receive an email invitation to complete the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. You must complete all assessments within 48 hours of receiving the URL to access the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, if you received the link after the close of the announcement. To determine if you need a Reasonable Accommodation, please review the Procedures for Requesting a Reasonable Accommodation for Online Assessments here:\_Accommodations\_for\_USA\_Hire If you are an eligible Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant, you may apply for special selection over other applicants for this position. Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the CTAP or ICTAP must be well qualified for the position. To be well qualified, applicants must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and meet the mid-level (scoring between 85 and 89) of the rating criteria for all factors or the established cutoff score. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 USC 8337(h) or 8456. Additional information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is at: -data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.

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