Paralegal Specialist

Department Of Justice Harrisburg , PA 17101

Posted 2 months ago

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Summary

If hired through this open continuous advertisement, you will provide administrative and legal support services to attorneys and legal staff within the U.S. Trustee Program. Work may include: performing legal research, document review, citation analysis, and other case-related administrative duties. Specific duties may vary slightly depending on what regional office you are hired by.

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Responsibilities

The duties listed here are expected at the full performance level (GS-11), if you are hired at a lower grade level, the duties you perform will be similar, but with greater supervision and reduced complexity.

  • Support attorneys in the review of bankruptcy cases filed under title 11, U.S.C.

  • Provide litigation support to Assistant U.S. Trustees, trial attorneys, and auditors in organizing and summarizing evidence and discovery, and preparing evidentiary exhibits to be presented in court, such as statistical charts, graphs, and summaries.

  • Perform detailed legal research of public records.

  • Examine case-related documents (e.g., financial statements, reports, inventories, invoices, and employment data) to determine relevance to the case and legal sufficiency.

  • Provide technical assistance in processing legal documents and storing and retrieving case information.

Conduct conferences with debtors, trustees, and their attorneys to collect information and discuss compliance with advise on Title 11 requirements.

  • Monitor the progress of pending cases and initiate action to ensure that legal pleadings, forms, reports, correspondence, and other documents are prepared and submitted within established court deadlines.

  • Track and monitor important case deadlines and inform staff about approaching deliverables.

Other duties as assigned:

You will also perform a variety of administrative duties in support of attorneys and auditors within the regional offices, these duties may vary slightly from location to location but may generally include: regional oversight of Closing Documents for Chapter 7 cases, regional MTR case review, purchase card activities, and financial records system entries.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

11

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0950 Paralegal Specialist

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Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a United States Citizen or National AND you must be a current Department of Justice employee.

  • You will be required to complete a pre-employment security investigation and background check which includes a drug screening.

  • You may be required to complete a one-year probationary or trial period.

  • Selective Service registration is required for males born on, or after, December 31st 1959. Those not registered should have an approved exemption on file.

  • You must meet all eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement and continue to meet these requirements throughout the hiring process. Offers can be rescinded if requirements are not met.

  • This is an open-continuous posting. Multiple selections will be made throughout the open period based on the cut-off schedule outlined in the announcement text.

  • If you apply to the San Juan, Puerto Rico location, you must demonstrate a bi-lingual proficiency with both the English and Spanish languages to be considered.

  • You must have at least 6 months of experience working with bankruptcy case law and regulatory provisions.

Qualifications

This vacancy is being advertised at grades 7, 9, and 11, to account for future organizational needs. However, at this time, the organization is primarily targeting applicants at grades 9 and 11. You are encouraged to apply for any grade at which you qualify.

Spanish Language Proficiency Requirement for Puerto Rico Locations:

If you wish to be considered at the San Juan, Puerto Rico location, you must be able to demonstrate a bi-lingual fluency in both English and Spanish languages. This means you are able to read, write, and converse in English and Spanish. You may be required to demonstrate this proficiency during an interview. This requirement applies ONLY at the San Juan location.

Bankruptcy Experience Selective Placement Factor:

To qualify for this position (at any grade level) you must have at least six (6) months bankruptcy experience with a basic knowledge of bankruptcy regulations and procedures. Your bankruptcy experience could have been complemented by experience with insolvency and/or forensic auditing. Note: Education cannot be substituted for the six months bankruptcy experience requirement.

  • MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS FOR GS-7 *
  • You may qualify for GS-7 if you have one year of experience (or time-in-grade) equivalent to the next lower grade in the federal service. Qualifying experience may include: Applying a general knowledge of basic legal terms and concepts; providing routine administrative support to attorneys; researching case law to address simple legal questions; and/or reviewing and/or editing legal documents.
  • OR-
  • You may qualify for GS-7 if you have completed one full year of graduate-level study in a related field, possess a Master's degree, or if you have earned a Bachelor's degree in a related field with superior academic achievement.-OR-
  • You may quality for GS-7 if you have a combination of education and experience that meets the total requirement when combined.
  • MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS FOR GS-9 *
  • You may quality for GS-9 if you have at least one year of specialized experience (or time-in-grade) equivalent to the GS-07 level in the Federal service. Qualifying experience may include: Advising represented parties on legal concepts and precedents relevant to the case; providing case file management support to attorneys by tracking and monitoring deadlines and ensuring timelines are met; conducting legal research for cases related to bankruptcy proceedings, using electronic and hard-copy records and information systems; and/or reviewing and editing legal documents and other case records and files.
  • OR-
  • You may qualify for GS-9 if you have a master's (or equivalent) graduate degree; or two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or LL.B. or J.D., if related.
  • OR-
  • You may quality for GS-9 if you have a combination of education and experience that meet the total requirement when combined.
  • MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS FOR GS-11 *
  • You may qualify for GS-11 if you have at least one year of specialized experience (or time-in-grade) equivalent to the GS-07 level in the Federal service. Qualifying experience may include: Evaluating case information to determine relevancy and advising represented parties with expert legal knowledge; managing cases for attorneys, ensuring that case documents, petitions, and motions adhere to court requirements; conducting extensive analysis of public records, case documents, and court proceedings, and providing a detailed summary to justify a given position or conclusion; and/or completing legal documents, forms, and memorandae for submission in case proceedings, ensuring that all written materials adhere to accepted format and layout.
  • OR-
  • You may qualify for GS-11 if you have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a related field; or three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or an LL.M. in a related are of study.-OR-
  • You may quality for GS-11 if you have a combination of education and experience that meet the total requirement when combined.

NOTES REGARDING QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS:

  • When qualifying based on education, "superior academic achievement" is defined as:

  • You maintained a grade-point average of "B" (a GPA of 3.0 or higher) for all completed undergraduate courses, or those completed in the last two years of undergraduate study; or

  • You maintained a grade-point average "B+" (a GPA of 3.5 or higher) for all coursed in your major field of study, or those courses in your major completed in the last two years of undergraduate study; or

  • You rank in the upper one-third of your class in college, university, or major subdivision; or

  • You are a member of a national honor group (other than freshman honor societies) recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies.

  • To compute combinations of education and experience: divide your total months of qualifying experience by 12. Then divide your semester hours of education beyond the first year by 18. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100% to qualify.

  • Support your claims: Your resume and supporting documentation must support your responses to the online questionnaire and the qualification requirements. Failure to do so may result in an ineligible rating.

  • To preview the questionnaire for this position, click this link: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10706139

  • To be considered, you must meet all qualifications requirements by 11:59 PM Eastern Time by the next closest cut-off date.

  • If you do not yet meet the requirements by the cut date, your application will be held and may be considered again at the next cut date.

  • You may update your supporting documents, resume, and other materials at any time during the open period. However, you may not update your responses to the applicant assessment questionnaires.

Education

There is no positive education requirement for this position. Education can be substituted for experience under some conditions as stated in the Qualifications section. Superior academic achievement may be taken into consideration when determining qualifications, please see the Qualifications section for details.

Education must be reviewed and certified by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be creditable toward your qualifications. Therefore, you should provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that 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 more information about this requirement, please visit the U.S. Department of Education website for Foreign Education Evaluation.All documentation must be in English or include an English translation.


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Paralegal Specialist

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