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Legal Assistant 3, Complex Litigation Division, Attorney General's Office

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State Of Washington Tumwater , WA 98511

Posted 2 months ago

Description

The AGO serves more than 230 state agencies, boards, commissions, colleges and universities, as well as the Legislature and the Governor. The mission of the Office is to deliver the highest quality professional legal services to officials, agencies, and citizens of the state of Washington. The Office is comprised of over 550 attorneys and 700 professional staff. Diversity is critical to the success of the mission of the AGO. It is the recognition, respect, and appreciation of all cultures and backgrounds and the fostering of the inclusion of differences between people. Appreciating, valuing and implementing principles of diversity permits AGO employees to achieve their fullest potential in an inclusive, respectful environment. The core values of the AGO are served by a strong commitment to the value of diversity and by promoting an inclusive workplace.

For more information about the AGO, we encourage you to review the Office's newest Annual Report which can be found HERE and view THIS VIDEO.

The Attorney General's Office is recruiting for a permanent full time Legal Assistant 3 in the Complex Litigation Division. This position is located in Tumwater, WA.

The Complex Litigation Division is available to assist any AGO division or State agency when litigation requires unique resources because of the complexity or sensitivity of the matter. Typical cases include class actions, multi-party lawsuits, and multi-claim lawsuits. The state has significant exposure in such cases, because relief can involve major program changes that carry significant financial consequences for the state. The work can also be highly sensitive and confidential as resolutions and settlements involve numerous state interests and parties. The division frequently works with legislative members and staff, and the Governor's office.

The AGO Complex Litigation Division will provide representation and assistance for difficult, challenging and high profile cases. The Division will engage in litigation in which members of the Division may participate in challenges to federal government actions, affirmative cases, and cases defending state agencies in class actions and other significant, challenging and complex cases. The Division will work closely with a variety of the Attorney General's Office's divisions including Torts, Social and Health Services, Education, Corrections, Ecology, Consumer Protection, Antitrust, and the Wing Luke Civil Rights, Campaign Finance, and Counsel for Environmental Protection Units.

Duties

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Composes, formats, proofreads, prepares, serves, and files pleadings, motions, briefs, and other legal documents in State and Federal courts.

  • Prepare initial responsive pleadings and correspondence in a civil lawsuit, subsequent answer and jury demand; discovery pleadings, both propounded and responsive, such as interrogatories and requests for production; motions, affidavits, briefs, responses, and proposed orders; cost bills; deposition notices and subpoenas; appellate pleadings, motions, and briefs, as well as other documents required by court rule.

  • Prepares and initiates lawsuits in State and Federal Courts.

  • Checks legal citations and references and checks case citations using Westcheck.

  • Obtains due dates from court documents or court rules and keeps tickle calendar; keeps attorney, investigator and paralegal informed of approaching due dates.

  • Schedules depositions and hearings, and makes arrangements with court reporters, conference rooms, and travel reservations.

  • Contacts court/judge, attorneys, and parties to legal actions to obtain and relay technical information at attorney's request. Accepts calls for attorney and sets appointments; schedules hearings and meetings on the attorney's behalf.

  • Receives, reads, and dockets incoming mail.

  • Reviews Critical Event Routing Sheet (CERS) prepared by Critical Event Reader to verify accuracy of date calculations and postings to team calendars.

In addition, this position performs entry-level paralegal duties including collecting and organizing factual information and documents related to litigation, potential litigation, or legal services to state agency clients. Locates witnesses by searching discovery records, telephoning or checking other sources of information. Composes, organizes and enters factual information and documents related to litigation into computer databases. Logs and assists with organization and preparation of large volumes of documents related to litigation. Tracks documents, exhibits, pleadings, depositions, and other information by utilizing databases. Identifies, compiles and prepares documents for discovery and trial. Prepares, organizes and assembles trial materials, including trial notebooks, trial briefs, jury instructions, exhibits, courtroom aids, pre- and post-trial motions. Keeps clients and witnesses informed on progress of cases. Assists attorneys during trial within the office and in the courtroom as requested. Qualifications

Option 1: High School diploma or equivalent and four years of experience in a legal environment in support of an attorney, administrative law judge(s), review judge(s) or equivalent;

Option 2: One year as a Legal Assistant 2;

Option 3: A two-year degree in Legal Secretary Studies, Paralegal Studies or related field of study plus 2 years of legal office experience.

A Bachelor's degree may substitute for the Legal Secretary or Paralegal degree.

Supplemental Information

Applicants for legal assistant positions with the Attorney General's Office are required to take a skills assessment prior to appointment in our agency.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

In addition to completing the online application, applicants must attach the following documents to their profile in order to be considered for this position:

  • A letter of interest, describing your specific qualifications for the position;
  • A current resume detailing experience, education, and current salary.

READ THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION COMPLETELY:

  • Carefully review your application for accuracy, spelling and grammar before submitting.

  • You may not reapply to this posting for 30 days.

  • The initial screening of applications will be solely based on the contents and completeness of the "work experience" and "education" sections of your application in www.careers.wa.gov, completeness of the application material submitted, and responses to the supplemental questionnaire.

  • A resume will not substitute for completing the "work experience" section of the application.

  • All information may be verified and documentation may be required.

Honoring diversity, equity and inclusion means that as an agency, and as individuals, we are committed to ensuring that all employees and volunteers enjoy a respectful, safe and supportive working environment. Only by fostering the inclusion of people from all backgrounds, cultures and attributes, can AGO employees and volunteers achieve their fullest potential and best advance the goals and mission of the AGO.

The AGO is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation/gender identity, age, disability, honorably discharged veteran or military status, retaliation or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Persons requiring reasonable accommodation in the application process or requiring information in an alternative format may contact Tracy Robinson at 360-586-7693. Those with a hearing impairment in need of accommodation are encouraged to contact the Washington Relay Service at 1-800-676-3777 or www.washingtonrelay.com.

For questions regarding this recruitment or assistance with the application process, please contact Judith Vandergeest at (360) 586-7691 or judithv@atg.wa.gov.

If you are having technical difficulties creating, accessing or completing your application, please call NEOGOV toll-free at (855) 524-5627 or support@neogov.com.


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