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Paralegal II Supporting the USAO (Security Clearance required)

Company: Forfeiture Support Associates (FSA)
Location: Roanoke
Posted on: December 5, 2019

Job Description:

FSA has an immediate vacancy for a Paralegal II to support the United States Attorney's Office Western District of Virginia. The successful candidate will provide a wide range of legal support services to one or more AUSAs involved in criminal cases. The work requires specialized knowledge of the processes, procedures and practices of Paralegal activities in conjunction with knowledge of clerical and administratie skills and the ability to apply these skills. Based on the nature of the particular legal issue or case: Prepares a variety of direct legal support assistance services. Typical assignments include: Examines, prepares and processes a variety of technical legal documents that are characteristically voluminous and complex in format. Reviews incoming material and independently determines the need for assembly and preparation of a variety of legal documents, e.g., complaints, motions, orders, answers, pleadings, and subpoenas. Obtains needed information from files, law enforcement agencies, or other sources, and submits completed legal documents to the appropriate AUSA or, in limited cases, directly to the court. In preparation of documents, considers the nature and the status of the case involved. With limitedinstructions from the AUSA, prepares such legal actions as indictments, criminal complaints, search warrants, judgments, applications, notices, affidavits, summonses, grand jury subpoenas, rules to show cause, proofs of claim, and satisfaction of judgment. Completes variable aspects of preparing recurring legal documents that conform to the rules governing their style and format. Provides assistance to attorneys in trial preparation by performing duties such as independently compiling trial notebooks, assembling jury instructions, and compiling witness and exhibit lists. Coordinates with the victim/witness specialist to ensure adherence to current Departmental guidelines relating to victims' rights and services responsibilities. Notifies appropriate individuals of victim/witness issues. Using original and online legal resources, verifies citations and statutory references contained in legal documents. Ensures citations are complete and consistent with source material. Develops tables of contents and indices to briefs in accordance with established format. Lists cited cases, opinions and miscellaneous references in briefs. Composes original letters that require a good working knowledge of legal procedures and specialized terminology, e.g., transmittal of pleadings, requests for extensions of time in certain cases, advising of actions taken or developments in cases referred by other federal departments and agencies, and notices to attorneys representing defendants. Scans/inputs and links case-related materials into an electronic database and manages that database. Manages discovery and trial preparation. Provides a variety of ancillary office support functions requiring some subject-matter knowledge of the assigned unit's programs and operations. Typical assignments may include the following: Assembles the physical files for new cases by filing materials in chronological order, preparing and printing conflict of interest sheets for assigned attorney, and numbering the initial discovery. Upon receipt, sends additional discovery to outside parties as directed by the assigned attorney. Prepares files for closing by putting the documents in chronological order, ensuring that the judgment and charging document are in the file, and preparing a closing sheet for the assigned attorney's signature. Assists support staff members by pulling files for court after checking the next day's court calendar and ensuring that all files are accounted for. After files are received back from court, sorts and distributes them to the appropriate staff members. Performs docketing duties such as opening, updating and closing cases through use of the automated case tracking system. As necessary, searches database for required information. Answers telephone and refers callers to staff members or takes messages as appropriate. Furnishes requested information concerning pending and closed matters and cases, functions and general procedures of the office. Determines which matters should be referred to the AUSA and the urgency of the matter. Arranges travel by preparing itinerary, and securing transportation and hotel reservations. Prepares travel authorizations and vouchers. Produces a variety of written documents and materials utilizing a wide range of office software applications. For example, assignments may include integrating output from different software types, e.g., tables produced by database applications and charts and graphs produced by electronic spreadsheet applications, into word processing or desk top publishing text. Products include complicated tables, graphs and charts which may be incorporated into legal documents or courtroom presentations. Ensures all documents contain the proper format, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and grammar. Provides automated litigation assistance to attorneys in trial preparation and courtroom presentations. Utilizes various software applications and graphics hardware such as scanners Prepares documents, charts, and visual materials used in trials. Provides technical support e.g., enlarging charts and photographs, duplicating tapes and videos, and marking exhibits. A Paralegal II must meet the following qualifications: Associates' Degree and Possess a paralegal certificate Preferred At least 2-5 years of experience; trial experience very helpful Automated litigation support experience very helpful Basic knowledge, including knowledge of standard legal citation system sufficient to perform basic legal research Excellent written and oral communication skills and thorough knowledge of legal research tools Hands-on familiarity with a variety of computer applications, including word processing, database, spreadsheet, and telecommunications Ability to consistently deliver highest quality work under extreme pressure Ability to obtain and maintain a Public Trust Security Access This position requires U.S. Citizenship and a 7 (or 10) year minimum background investigation.

Keywords: Forfeiture Support Associates (FSA), Roanoke , Paralegal II Supporting the USAO (Security Clearance required), Legal , Roanoke, Virginia

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