On-site position supporting the DOJ Environment and Natural Resources division in conducting comprehensive title and deed research and testifying as an expert witness on research and results. Most common subject matter relates to Rails to Trails. Research typically includes identifying, acquiring, analyzing and summarizing various conveyance documents that predecessor railroad entities obtained to construct, operate, and maintain railways. Most of these title documents, which show how the railroad acquired its interest in a given rail corridor, were entered into in the late 1800s or early 1900s. These documents typically are handwritten and often contain terminology that differs from modern-day documents. Title documents, maps and other necessary case-related documents are obtained from multiple sources, some of which may require travel in order to identify and copy documents.
Once documents and related materials are obtained, tasks include reviewing the materials and working with the assigned trial attorneys to determine the legal significance of each document. Excel is used extensively to document research results. Collaboration with GIS specialists is frequent. A strong working knowledge of document management software (such as Relativity) and Excel is needed. Tasks also include assisting in preparing these documents for use as
exhibits for court filings and for trial.
Additional tasks include but are not limited to general research, assisting attorneys with drafting correspondence, briefs, etc., preparing weekly and/or monthly summary reports detailing cases supported, tasks performed, and tasks planned, preparing case specific reports of research and analysis, attending case meetings, providing case attorneys with advice on options for most effective use of research resources, maintaining contact with case attorneys so as to keep up-to-date regarding additional information they need, and adjusting tasks/plans accordingly, asking questions about claims raised by opposing counsel, helping to direct research based on knowledge of the case subjects, maintaining working contact with other team members (DOJ, contractor, etc.), including helping them to revise their research plans to avoid duplication, as well as to helping to update potential sources of information.
Position requires maintaining files in order provide written and/or verbal testimony regarding the research performed and conclusions reached in the performance of the above tasks. Travel may be required in the performance of the above tasks. Travel is expected to be within the United States, but may occasionally be international.
Must have law degree or, for some tasks, comparable combination of education and experience may be acceptable.
Requires experience as a Title Examiner or a background in real estate records.
Excellent organization skills. All project related documents and notes must be maintained in an organized system, ready for use and/or production to opposing counsel.
Experience as an expert witness is preferred.
Must have at least two to three years of progressively more responsible experience on litigation support projects including proven capabilities and communication skills to successfully interact with clients and attorneys.
Requires sound working knowledge of federal and state court systems, legal research procedures, and legal research resources.
Requires excellent written and oral communication skills and thorough knowledge of legal research tools such as LEXIS and Westlaw.
Must have hands-on familiarity with a variety of computer applications, including word processing, databases (such as document review and file management systems), spreadsheets, and imaging, e.g., Relativity and Excel. Experience working with GIS software is valued.
Role also requires hands-on familiarity with ESI tools and knowledge of e-discovery procedures and resources.
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