Overview

POSITION TITLE: Paralegal Specialist– Section IV, Civil Litigation Division (2022 -148; Closing 09/07/2022)

LOCATION:

Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia

Civil Litigation Division

400 Sixth Street, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20001

REMOTE WORK STATUS: A hybrid remote telework/in-office schedule option is available.

COVID-19 VACCINATION REQUIREMENT: The Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia (OAG) is committed to providing the highest quality legal and programmatic services to the district and its residents while ensuring the health and safety of employees, customers, clients, volunteers, contractors, and other visitors.

The District of Columbia Office of the Attorney General values the safety of our employees, our residents, and our visitors. In support of these values, OAG employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, except when vaccination is not medically advised or violates sincerely held religious beliefs. The selected candidate must submit proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to your initial HR representative, or you must request an exemption from your representative.

REMOTE WORK STATUS: Telework/remote schedule options are available and may be requested by employees.

COVID-19 VACCINATION REQUIREMENT: The Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia (OAG) is committed to providing the highest quality legal and programmatic services to the District and its residents while ensuring the health and safety of employees, customers, clients, volunteers, contractors, and other visitors.

The District of Columbia Office of the Attorney General values the safety of our employees, our residents, and our visitors. In support of these values, OAG employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, except when vaccination is not medically advised or violates sincerely held religious beliefs. The selected candidate must submit proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to your initial HR representative, or you must request an exemption from your representative.

JOB REQUISITION NUMBER: 2022-148

NUMBER OF VACANCIES: 1


OPENING DATE: 08/17/2022

CLOSING DATE: 09/07/2022

SALARY RANGE: $85,209. – $109,023.

This salary is within the Career Service (CS) salary schedule at a Grade 11. The salary will be based on a multitude of factors including applicable rules, regulations, and guidelines.

PAY PLAN, SERIES, AND GRADE: CS-301-11

TYPE OF APPOINTMENT: Career Service – Regular

COLLECTIVE BARGAINING UNIT: This position is in the collective bargaining unit represented by AFSCME Local 2401. If you opt to join the union, and consent, a service fee will be paid through direct payroll deduction

AREA OF CONSIDERATION: Open to the Public

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES: The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) for the District of Columbia is seeking a Paralegal Specialist to work in the Civil Litigation Division.

The Paralegal Specialist will be responsible for supporting the attorneys of the Civil Litigation Division. The work requires independent judgment in the application of specialized bodies of laws, regulations, agency policies and practices, and judicial or administrative proceedings. The successful candidate will possess strong organizational and time management skills, as well as attention to detail. Experience with LexisNexis or Westlaw, scanners, copiers, PowerPoint, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word is required. ProLaw experience is desirable. Abacus experience is also desirable.

The incumbent will be responsible for:

  • Supporting the litigation of cases brought under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
  • Maintaining case files and correspondence
  • Providing assistance to attorneys with the preparation of case files including the preparation of discovery materials to be provided to litigants, the preparation of subpoenas and court notices, and requesting and obtaining necessary documents and information from outside agencies.
  • Preparing a variety of legal documents, including litigation hold letters, written discovery requests and responses, privilege logs and indexes.
  • Performing legal research, including search of statutes, regulations, legislative history, case law and other legal authorities applicable to particular legal matters.
  • Reviewing, analyzing, and organizing facts, documents, and other evidence.
  • Handling sensitive information, confidential information, and information subject to the attorney client privilege, the attorney work product privilege, and various agency privileges.
  • Attending meetings where relevant legal and factual issues are discussed.
  • Assisting the attorneys in the preparation of government and expert witnesses for trial.
  • Preparing trial notebooks, scheduling witness conferences, preparing trial subpoenas, summarizing deposition transcripts, drafting legal documents and pleadings, preparing, and organizing exhibits, and other duties as required.
  • Attending trial and assisting the attorneys as needed.
  • Investigating and becoming familiar with the facts of assigned cases.
  • Establishing and maintaining an effective system of monitoring and tracking cases to ensure compliance with all relevant deadlines.
  • Reviewing contents of reports and procedural or policy papers to identify potential problems, and to assure consistency with agency policy.
  • Identifying, defining, and analyzing operational problems and posing options and alternatives to existing procedures.

QUALIFICATIONS: To qualify at the CS-11 level, candidates must have at least one (1) full year of specialized experience. Specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the CS-09 level in the District Service. Specialized experience is defined as experience performing a variety of analytical paralegal or legal work which demonstrates a practical knowledge of the law, the litigation and judicial process, and applicable rules, regulations, policies, and procedures. Examples of specialized experience include performing the following duties: 1) analyze and evaluate legal decisions and case files to identify relevant issues and potential evidence; 2) conduct legal research concerning precedents and past court decisions; compose legal briefs, summaries of analysis and decisions, and pre-trial documents for investigations; 3) interview witnesses and various individuals who can provide insight into cases under review; prepare evidence and documents to support recommendations; and 4) utilize a variety of automated legal research tools.

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION: A law degree, paralegal certificate, or college degree in a related field and at least three (3) years of experience may be accepted as a substitute for total qualification requirements. In order to receive credit, applicants must submit official proof of educational attainment at the time of application.

TIME-IN-GRADE RESTRICTIONS: Time-in-grade restrictions must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

HOW TO APPLY: Interested candidates must apply online by 11:59 pm of the closing date. All applications must include the completed questionnaire, along with a cover letter, resume, a list of three professional references. Please ensure that all required documents are included prior to submitting the application.

OTHER SIGNIFICANT FACTS

GENERAL SUITABILITY SCREENING: The selected candidate will be subject to a background investigation including reference checks.

PRIORITY CONSIDERATION: Displaced Employee Priority Placement: Candidates who are eligible for the District of Columbia’s Displaced Employee Program (DEP) and Agency Reemployment Priority Placement Program (ARPP) will be given priority consideration for this position if found qualified.

EMPLOYMENT BENEFITS: Selectee will be eligible for health and life insurance, annual (vacation), and sick leave and will be covered under the District of Columbia government’s retirement plan. However, if the selectee was previously employed in the District of Columbia’s government under an appointment for which he/she was eligible for Civil Service Retirement (CSR), contributions to CSR will resume upon re-employment.

RESIDENCY PREFERENCE: A person applying for a position in the Career Service, Education Service, Management Supervisory Service, an attorney position in the Legal Service (series 905) other than in the Senior Executive Attorney Service (SEAS), or an attorney in the Excepted Service (series 905) who is a bona fide District resident AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION for the position, may be awarded a 10-point residency preference over non-District residents’ applications, unless the person declines the preference points. If selected, the person shall be required to present proofs of bona fide District residency and maintain such residency for 7 consecutive years from the effective date of the appointment. Failure to maintain bona fide District residency for the 7-year period will result in forfeiture of employment. If the position you accept is in the Career, Management Supervisory, or Educational Service at an annual salary of one hundred fifty thousand dollars ($150,000) or more, you must establish residency in the District of Columbia within one hundred eighty (180) days of the effective date of employment and continue to maintain residency within the District of Columbia throughout the duration of employment.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE: Applicants claiming veterans’ preference must submit official proof at the time of application.

DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE: Pursuant to the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1998, the individual selected to fill this position will, as a condition of employment, be required to notify his/her immediate supervisor, in writing, not later than five (5) days after the conviction of or a plea of guilty to a violation of any criminal drug statute occurring in the workplace.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical handicap, genetic information, or political affiliation.

NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION: In accordance with the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, D.C. Official Code, Section 2-1401.01 et. seq., (Act) the District of Columbia does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, disability, genetic information, source of income, or place of residence or business. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that is also prohibited by the Act. In addition, harassment based on any of the above-protected categories is prohibited by the Act. Discrimination in violation of the Act will not be tolerated. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.

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