The Office of Public Advocacy is recruiting for a full-time Paralegal I located in AnchorageThe mission of the Office of Public Advocacy (OPA) is to provide advocacy to vulnerable Alaskans.
OPA provides guardian ad litem representation for abused and neglected children, conservatorship and guardianship services for incapacitated adults, and attorney representation for indigent persons, including respondents in guardianship proceedings, juveniles charged in delinquency proceedings, parents in child protection cases and defendants in criminal cases.
Offices are located in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Palmer and Bethel.Each of OPA's sections operates as "separate" law firms.
There are criminal and civil sections located in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Palmer, and Bethel.
This position is assigned to the Administrative section of the Anchorage office and will provide paraprofessional legal support and confidentiality control between civil and criminal case information by performing assistive duties for attorneys and clients usually related to criminal cases.Duties of this position include initial and ongoing conflict analysis, assignment of cases, correspondence with contract attorneys, performing legal research and motion drafting, and briefing the Director and Deputy Director of the same.
Assignments are characterized by progressively increasing independence and responsibility.Key responsibilities include:Case management and coordination in managing and organizing files to provide relevant case information for a determination as to whether representation of a client would constitute a conflict of interest
Recognizing the complex range of conflicts of interest that arise in civil and criminal cases
Researching facts and laws as they apply to each individual case assigned to the agency
Analyzing relevant facts and information, formulating questions, verifying information to determine whether a defendant's case can be handled in-house or sent to a contract attorney
Assisting professional and executive staff in determining assignment of Anchorage criminal cases to the Anchorage Criminal Division, if no conflict exists
In cases where a conflict exists, and in cases from outlying areas where only contracting private attorneys are available, this position will contact conflict counsel, assist in arranging representation, and apprise counsel of the situation.
The incumbent must perform necessary research governing the appointment of OPA, distinguish between actual and potential conflict, analyze and summarize complex information and present the information to the client's attorney to ensure court dates are met.Serving as an attorney-client liaison, this position interacts with clients who are dissatisfied with their representation as arranged by OPA.
The incumbent will document client concerns, research facts and the law as it applies to each situation, facilitate the transfer of information between all parties concerned, and determine proper procedural handling of inquiries.The successful applicant should possess the following desired attributes (These traits must be documented in your cover letter, even if you don't possess one, in order to move to the interview phase):Knowledge of legal office practices and procedures, research techniques and legal practices and procedures
Ability to maintain files and retrieve documents
Working knowledge of word processing software and the use of computer systems in an office environment; Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel are desired
Ability to read, comprehend, interpret and apply written material such as statutes, texts, and journals, contracts and similar resource material
Skill in oral and written communication including the ability to write clear, concise reports, letters, administrative orders and similar communication forms and to convey complex information
Ability to reason logically
Ability to conduct effective interpersonal relationships using excellent written and verbal communication skills
Ability to multi-task, organize work and time, establish priorities and meet deadlines
Ability to pay attention to detail
Ability to work effectively under pressure with frequent interruptions in a frequently changing environment
Ability to maintain confidentiality in completing job responsibilities of the position
Possess excellent customer service skills
Special Notice:This position will be required to obtain a Notary Commission.
Minimum Qualifications Three years of clerical or technical experience in a law enforcement or law office environment.
Experience should have included performance of case research and/or preparation of routine legal documents.
The required experience includes such work as Law Office Assistant I or Criminal Justice Technician with the State of Alaska or the equivalent elsewhere.ORCertification from an American Bar Association (ABA) approved state paralegal training and education program.ORGraduation from an Associate of Arts program in paralegal, criminal justice or legal studies.ORA Bachelor's degree from an accredited college and certification in paralegal studies from a recognized program.ORThree years in any combination of post secondary education from an accredited college, and clerical or technical experience in a law enforcement or law office environment.
Experience should have included performance of case research and/or preparation of routine legal documents.
The required experience includes such work as Law Office Assistant I or Criminal Justice Technician with the State of Alaska or the equivalent elsewhere (3 semester hours or 4 quarter hours equal 1 month of experience). Additional Required Information INFORMATION REGARDING YOUR APPLICATIONHIRING RESTRICTION EXEMPTIONThis individual position is EXEMPT from the hiring restriction.
Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.COVER LETTER REQUIREMENTSA cover letter is required for this position.
The cover letter should be in a standard business format and should highlight your knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience as they pertain to the desired attributes listed in the job description above.
Additionally, be sure to highlight your work experience as it relates to each key responsibility.Your complete applicant package, including cover letter, will be used to determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment and selection process.
If you do not provide a cover letter as required, your application package may be determined to be incomplete and will not advance to the next phase of the recruitment and selection process.ATTACHMENTSPlease attach the required documents to your application before submitting it online or, if unable to attach to your application, submit your application online and faxthem to the contact number provided in the job posting.INTERVIEWApplicants invited for an interview will be required to provide the following at the time of interview:List of three (3) professional references including current daytime phone numbers.
At least one must be a current or former direct supervisor.Copies of your two (2) most recent performance evaluations.College transcripts (if using education to meet the minimum qualifications). These can also be attached to your application at the time of submission.RESIDENT REQUIREMENTThis position is open to Alaska Residents only.
Please check our residency definition to determine if you qualify.EDUCATIONIf post-secondary education is required to meet the minimum qualifications, you must fill in the Education and Training section of the Applicant Profile.
If you have not obtained a degree, please indicate the number of credit hours earned in the Degrees Obtained field.
Copies of transcripts will be required at the time of interview.SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR FOREIGN EDUCATIONEducation completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the minimum qualifications listed above.
If utilizing this education, you must show that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S.
education programs; or an accredited U.S.
post-secondary institution reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the post-secondary institution.
It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.WORK EXPERIENCEIf using work experience not already documented in your application, also provide the employer name, your job title, dates of employment, and whether full-or part-time.
Applications will be reviewed to determine if the responses are supported and minimum qualifications are clearly met.
If they are not, the applicant may not advance to the interview and selection phase of the recruitment.MULTIPLE VACANCIESThis recruitment may be used for more than one (1) vacancy.
The applicant pool acquired during this recruitment may be used for future vacancies for up to ninety (90) days after this recruitment closes.
Interested applicants are encouraged to apply to each recruitment notice to ensure consideration for all vacancies.WORKPLACE ALASKA APPLICATION QUESTIONS & ASSISTANCEQuestions regarding application submission (including account creation) or system operation errors should be directed to the Workplace Alaska hotline at (toll free) or if you are located in the Juneau area.
Requests for information may also be emailed to applicant password assistance please visit: specific information in reference to the position, please contact the hiring manager listed in the Contact Information section below.EEO STATEMENTThe State of Alaska complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Individuals with disabilities, who require accommodation, auxiliary aides or services, or alternative communication formats to apply for this position, please call or 465-4095 in Juneau or (TTY) or correspond with the Division of Personnel & Labor Relations at P.
Box 110201, Juneau, AK 99811-0201.
The State of Alaska is an equal opportunity employer.
Contact Information Name: Angela BienvenuEmail: Careers with the State of Alaska offer MANY benefits
The following information describes typical benefits available to employees of the State of Alaska.
Actual benefits received may differ by bargaining unit or branch of government, position type, or be prorated for other than full time work.For a quick breakdown of the insurance, health, and retirement benefits available for State Employees you can view an orientation video from Division of Retirement and Benefits.
(Please note this video is specifically designed for new State Employees.)Insurance BenefitsHealth insurance, which includes employer contributions toward medical/vision/dentalThe following employee groups are under AlaskaCare Benefits administered by the State: See for additional information.AVTECConfidentialCorrectional OfficersMarine EngineersMt.
Edgecumbe TeachersSupervisoryUnlicensed Vessel Personnel/Inland Boatman's UnionExempt employees (not covered by collective bargaining)The following employee groups are covered by Union health trusts.
Contact the appropriate Union for additional information.General GovernmentLabor, Trades and CraftsPublic Safety Employees AssociationMasters, Mates & PilotsEmployer paid Basic Life insurance with additional coverage available (amount depends on Bargaining Unit)Optional Insurance BenefitsGroup-based insurance premiums for
Term life (employee, spouse or qualified same sex partner, and dependents)Long-term and short-term disability
Accidental Death and DismembermentLong-term care (self and eligible family members)Supplemental Survivor BenefitsEmployee-funded flexible spending accounts for tax savings on eligible health care or dependent care expenses
Retirement Benefits Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Teachers' Retirement System (TRS)Matching employer contribution into a defined contribution program (new employees)Employer contribution into a defined benefit or defined contribution program (current employees)Contributions to the Alaska Supplemental Annuity Plan in lieu of contributions to Social SecurityOption to enroll in the Alaska Deferred Compensation ProgramNote: The Defined Contribution Plan, Supplemental Annuity Plan and Deferred Compensation Program offer a variety of investment options
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Paid Leave & Other BenefitsPersonal leave with an accrual rate increase based on time served
Eleven paid holidays a year
Gym discounts at participating fitness providers in multiple locations throughout the state.See for additional information 01 Briefly highlight your education and/or experience to demonstrate how you meet the minimum qualifications.
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