Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The statements below are intended to describe the general nature and scope of work performed by this position. This is not a complete listing of all responsibilities, duties, and/or skills required. In addition, other duties may be assigned.
- Assists General Counsel and staff attorneys in conducting legal research using available research methods.
- Prepares cases for court by drafting pleadings.
- Assists in interviewing potential witnesses in preparation for trial.
- Searches, examines, and collects authorities on points of law in connection with the preparation of cases for trial.
- Composes briefs, memoranda, and other correspondence on legal matters affecting the agency
- Researches and drafts legal opinions.
- Indexes legal opinions; manages, shelves, and keeps up-to-date volumes in legal library.
- Maintains document file.
- Assists staff attorneys with evictions.
- Assists staff attorneys with special projects, including an Abandonment Project.
- Responds to subpoenas, garnishments, and similar legal actions as needed.
- Performs duties such as scheduling appointments, taking dictation or meeting minutes, and similar duties.
- Prioritizes and manages multiple projects simultaneously and follows through on issues in a timely manner.
- Ability to take ownership and independently handle such responsibilities in a reliable, detail-oriented, and efficient manner.
- Ability to strictly meet reporting and compliance deadlines.
- Other duties as assigned by the General Counsel or other staff attorneys as directed by the General Counsel.
This position requires the incumbent to exhibit the following behavioral skills:
Problem Solving: Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem-solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with sensitive topics and/or irate customers.
Customer Service: Meets/exceeds the expectations and requirements of internal and external customers; Manages difficult or sensitive customer situations; Responds promptly to customer needs; Solicits customer feedback to improve service; Responds to requests for service and assistance.
Interpersonal Skills: Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without interrupting.
Teamwork: Balances team and individual responsibilities; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests.
Professionalism: Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Ability to read, analyze and interpret legal documents.
- Ability to administer and manage both complex and routine legal matters.
- Ability to prepare legal briefs and memoranda and to prepare pleadings to be filed in connection with litigated matters.
- Ability to effectively present information to General Counsel staff, top management, public groups, and outside parties.
- Ability to process and finalize abandonments and evictions.
- Strong reasoning and analytical skills.
- Highly process-oriented.
- Strong organizational skills and ability to multi-task.
- Propensity for detail, thoroughness, and accuracy.
- Excellent communication and writing skills.
- Excellent interpersonal skills.
- Valid driver’s license.
Education and/or Experience
- Three years of paralegal experience plus completion of a Paralegal Studies or Legal Assistant study program from an accredited four-year college or junior college, or from a Paralegal Studies or Legal Assistant study program approved by the American Bar Association (ABA).
- Preferred Experience
- At least 3 years of paralegal experience in the area of personal injury/torts, real estate, landlord/tenant, construction law, and/or insurance defense.
- Technical Skills
- To perform this job successfully, an individual should have above-average abilities using computer software such as MS Word, Excel, Outlook, etc., and should be capable of using internet resources for research as well as Westlaw and developing advanced reports. Ability to learn other computer software programs as required by assigned tasks.