Paralegal II

Location
Washington D.C
Posted
Jan 12, 2022
Closes
Jan 21, 2022
Ref
211177
Hours
Full Time
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:
  • 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.