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Paralegal III, Special Litigation 60010421 at State of North Carolina

Paralegal III, Special Litigation 60010421

State of North Carolina Raleigh, NC Full-Time
Description of Work

The purpose of this position is to employ a non-attorney legal professional (paralegal) to assist the staff attorneys in the Special Litigation unit of the AttorneyGeneral's office who are primarily involved in litigation and other matters related to the Master Settlement Agreement ("MSA") with the major tobacco companies as well as enforcement of State statutes regulating tobacco companies not participating in the MSA and seeking approval to sell tobacco products in the State.

Document Management:

This position conducts extensive review and verification of financial information provided by tobacco companies selling and/or seeking to sell tobacco products in the State,NAAG, and of tax revenue worksheets and documents provided by the Department of Revenue.

Develops and maintains filing systems and procedures for lawsuits for the MSA and other related matters.


This position is required to conduct research that is both novel and complex, and must be familiar with NEXIS, other automated search sources, and manual search techniques.

This position will organize, catalog and analyze the results of research to formulate demand letters, interrogatories, and other related legal documents.


This position will draft and finalize correspondence, pleading, memoradum and other related documents.

Litigation preparation:

Additionally this position works as a team member in litigation support of major lawsuits by performing a wide variety of legal research and organizational tasks. Tasks are varied as required by the demand of the particular litigation. As time permits, this position is also involved in generating criminal briefs assigned to the section.

Telework opportunities are available for this position.

The North Carolina Department of Justice, led by the Attorney General of North Carolina, represents the State of North Carolina in court and provides legal advice and representation to most state government departments, agencies, officers, and commissions. The Department also represents the State in criminal appeals from state trial courts, and brings legal actions on behalf of the state and its citizens when the public interest is at stake.

Note to Current State Employees:

The salary grade for this position is LG05. State employees are encouraged to apply for positions of interest even if the salary grade is the same as, or lower than, their current position. Please detail ALL work history including non-state service experience. If selected for this position, a new salary will be recalculated taking into consideration the quantity of relevant education and experience, funding availability, and internal equity. Based upon these factors, a pay increase MAY or MAY NOT result.

The State of North Carolina offers employer paid health insurance plus twelve paid holidays, generous vacation and sick leave accrual, dental, vision, and other insurance options, and retirement benefits. You can view our benefits information at Employee Benefits.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies

* Trained professional paralegal knowledgeable and skilled in legal research and various court rules; familiar with each court's filing systems, i.e. the rules, regulations and deadlines of each court.
* Must be familiar with LEXIS and manual research techniques
* Prior knowledge of word processing, on-line legal research techniques, database management, and law are needed.
* Ability to communicate clearly and logically in oral and written form; excellent writing skills, as all correspondence should be concise and professional and this position is expected to assist attorneys with finalization of legal documents.
* Extreme precision and accuracy is required. Employee must proof read all documents, including legal pleadings and any other work.
* Documents are to be error free and accurate.
* Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships. This employee must independently develop and maintain good working relationships with resource individuals outside the office, including, but not limited to staff with state agencies, various court clerks, etc. The individual exhibits professionalism in all communications.
* Considerable knowledge of modern law office procedures, practices, and equipment.
* Ability to initiate and install administrative programs and procedures and to evaluate their effectiveness.
* Knowledge of e-discovery is desired.
* Ability to exercise good judgment and discretion in all work.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Graduation from an appropriately accredited institution for paralegal training and three years of experience as a paralegal;

or Bachelor's degree from an appropriately accredited institution and three years of substantive paralegal experience;

or High school or General Education Development (GED) diploma and seven years of paralegal experience performing delegated, substantive legal work;

or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Supplemental and Contact Information

The NC Department of Justice accomplishes our goals through our DOJ Organizational Values of Public Service, Integrity, Excellence, Teamwork, Diversity, and Innovation. We encourage all qualified candidates who are committed to these values and want to make a difference in the lives of our citizens to apply for this opportunity.

Please be sure to complete the application in full.

Note the following: If multiple applications are submitted to an individual posting, only the most recent application received prior to the closing date will be accepted. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM on the closing date

Resumes and cover letters: To receive credit for your work history and credentials, you must list the information on the online application form. This information is used to determine if you meet the requirements of the position, and if you are selected, it is used to determine a salary offer.

Using the terms "See Resume" or "See Attachment" will not be accepted and your application will be rejected as incomplete. Cover letters are highly encouraged but not required.

Transcripts: Degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions. A copy of your transcripts indicating the degree received can be uploaded with your application.

If a transcript has been requested, your application will be considered incomplete if you do not provide one. Using a photograph of your diploma is not acceptable.

Credit for foreign degrees will only be given if verification of degree certification is attached to your application. Transcripts for foreign degrees have to be evaluated by an organization like World Education Services to determine US equivalency.

Any licenses or certificates must be included in the appropriate section of the application form.

Veterans Preference: Applicants seeking Veteran's Preference must attach a copy of their DD-214 or discharge orders.

Applicants seeking National Guard Preference must attach a NGB 23A (RPAS) if you are a current member of the NC National Guard in good standing. If you are a former member of the NC National Guard who served for at least 6 years and was discharged under honorable conditions, you must attach either a DD256 or NGB 22.

Application status: To check the status of your application, please log in to your account. Upon the closing date, applications are "Under Review" and will be screened by Human Resources for the qualified applicants. The hiring process may take an average of 6 - 8 weeks. All applicants will be notified by email once a position is filled.

NeoGov Help Line: If you are having technical issues submitting your application, please call the NeoGov Help Line at
. If there are any questions about this posting, other than your application status, please contact the NC DOJ Human Resources office.

The NC Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The NC Department of Justice uses Merit-Based Recruitment to select from among the most qualified applicants to fill positions subject to the State Human Resources Act.


NC Department of Justice

Human Resources Office

Lisa Sasser, Recruitment Specialist

114 W. Edenton Street

Raleigh, NC 27603


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