Department Of Defense Fort Carson , CO 80913
About the Position: Serves as Paralegal Specialist for the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Legal Assistance Division, with responsibility for Analyzing and evaluating legal assistance issues arising from federal and state statutes and case law; preparing legal documents/exhibits for attorney review/use and, when appropriate, signature; interviewing clients and potential witnesses; and maintaining the client case files.
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For the Adoption/Name Change Program, interviews clients to obtain proper information.
Drafts all court documents for adoptions, name changes, and legal custody for the appropriate legal assistance attorney's review.
Coordinates with Colorado District Court judges and Juvenile Court magistrates regarding pending cases to ensure that the petitions for name changes and custody are processed properly.
For the Extended Legal Assistance Program, acquires and maintains a comprehensive understanding of the Colorado and Federal laws that are within the scope of the Extended Legal Assistance Program.
Conducts the preliminary interviewing/screening of potential Extended Legal Assistance Program clients.
Interviews/Deposes potential witnesses in preparation of trial.
For the General Paralegal Support, serves as a Notary Public.
Serves as the primary point of contact for unique Powers of Attorney.
Researches and analyzes legal issues as requested by, and in support of, the legal assistance attorneys.
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Who May Apply: Only applicants who meet one of the employment authority categories below are eligible to apply for this job. You will be asked to identify which category or categories you meet, and to provide documents which prove you meet the category or categories you selected. See Proof of Eligibility for an extensive list of document requirements for all employment authorities.
In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.
Experience: One year of specialized experience which includes: 1)reviewing complaints, identifying legal issues involved, and obtaining the information and documents needed to prepare the legal case for further analysis by professional staff member. 2) Analyze documents for supportive evidence, organizing findings, and writing synopses for use by an attorney.
Education: Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in a field which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position. (NOTE: You must attach a copy of your transcripts.)
Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of education and experience may be used to qualify for this position as long as the computed percentage of the requirements is at least 100%. To compute the percentage of the requirements, divide your total months of experience by 12. Then divide the total number of completed graduate semester hours (or equivalent) beyond the first year (total graduate semester hours minus 18) by 18. Add the two percentages. (NOTE: You must attach a copy of your transcripts.)
You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency in the following areas:
Time in Grade Requirement: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade or equivalent (GS-07).
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 U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.