Legal Assistant/Paralegal

The Humane Society of the Unites States
Washington, DC
Jan 22, 2022
Jan 29, 2022
Full Time
Grade 88The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the nation's most effective animal protection organization, is seeking a Legal Assistant/Paralegal for the Office of General Counsel (OGC) and the Animal Protection Law (APL) department. In this position you will provide primary legal administrative support by performing varied duties that require a high degree of attention to detail, judgment, and confidentiality.You will be responsible for: Serving as legal assistant and paralegal for both OGC and APL departments;Managing legal compliance (under attorney supervision) for the organization and its affiliates, including but not limited to handling state registration renewals and overseeing registered agent filings (OGC);Managing trademark registration and renewal process (OGC);Managing/tracking outside counsel billing and pro-bono hours/ review, prepare, and submit attorney bills and vendor invoices for payment (OGC & APL);Managing litigation holds (OGC);Managing Westlaw relationship & law library (OGC & APL);Maintaining legal filing systems and managing off-site storage (OGC & APL);Conducting basic factual, legal, and procedural research in support of current litigation and other legal projects (OGC & APL);Drafting basic motions and proposed orders for attorney review; copying-editing and citing check litigation filings (APL);Drafting and formatting simple agreements and similar documents (eg, grant agreements; policies; simple contracts for attorney review; provide initial review of staff-prepared drafts of agreement or third-party proposed agreements to highlight areas requiring attorney review (OGC);Assembling documents for litigation, presentation to government agencies, other attorneys' offices, etc.; maintaining copy shop relationship"A cents € coordinating traffic between APL and copy shops; assisting with filing documents for litigation, regulatory actions, and other matters (APL & OGC);Performing a variety of administrative duties including, but not limited to, serving as the OGC & APL SharePoint Intranet page administrator; managing intern and volunteer records in the volunteer hub; answering phones; opening, sorting, and distributing mail and email; scheduling and setting up meetings; assisting OGC & APL staff in preparing documents, reports and presentations; ordering and maintaining supplies; compiling and updating standard operating procedure manuals; performing data entry; and receiving and managing visitors to the department.Qualifications and Requirements: High school diploma or equivalent required. Bachelor's degree in related field preferred;A minimum of three (3) years of experience supporting litigation and transactional matters, either in a law firm or as part of an in-house legal department. Paralegal certification desired;Ability to work independently, accurately process multiple assignments from multiple staff, frequently under the pressure of immediate deadlines and changing priorities;Strong research and writing skills. Knowledge of Westlaw required;Strong communication skills, including an ability to effectively interact with executives inside and outside the organization, to use discretion, and to maintain confidentiality;Familiarity with researching local, state, and federal court rules;Knowledge of the Bluebook;Excellent organizational and detail-management skills;Excellent computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel;Strong attention to detail;Strong record management and document-production skills;Interest in animal protection preferred;The ability to handle and maintain confidential and sensitive information.When applying, please upload your resume and cover letter together as one document.This position is based in Washington, DC.Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, and disability, marital or parental status or protected veteran status. EOEJob Type: Full-time

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