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Paralegal

Company: Howard County Government
Location: ellicott city
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

CLASS DESCRIPTION

The starting salary range is $46,970 - $61,516.

Performs paraprofessional legal work in the Office of Law by assisting a team of litigation attorneys.
This position serves in a confidential capacity within the definition of Howard County labor relations law and is ineligible for membership in a collective bargaining unit.

CLASS DESCRIPTION:
Performs senior secretarial or routine paralegal work, which may include supervisory responsibility, under general supervision from an administrative or technical superior. Work typically involves independent and confidential secretarial work as the appointed secretary to a Circuit Court Judge; or work may involve writing briefs, conducting research and providing other paralegal support to a legal staff.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.

Works and cooperates with co-workers and supervisors at all levels.

Learns and performs all essential job functions accurately.

Provides litigation support for multiple litigation attorneys handling a wide variety of matters for Howard County Government.

Under supervision and review by an attorney, identifies problems of law or fact, researches and locates cases, statutes, regulations and other laws on assigned topics using print materials, electronic services like Westlaw and other resources.

Proofreads legal memoranda, including checking citations for conformity with Bluebook style, checking case references and quotations for correctness, and using Shepard's or similar resource to validate cited cases.

Prepares draft discovery requests, interrogatories and document production requests and tracks and prepares discovery responses.

Prepares deposition summaries.

Assists litigation attorneys in preparing for trial, including preparing exhibits, organizing files, copying documents, and attending and assisting at trial as necessary.

Locates cases and uses computer and Internet databases for access to state and federal court records.

Opens, organizes and maintains case files.

Prepares and tracks responses to subpoenas and conducts necessary follow-up.

Makes entries into litigation and statutory notice databases and prepares and circulates periodic reports.

Locates County and court documents, police reports, CAD records, case transcriptions and other information in connection with pending litigation and claims.

Prepares correspondence for written and verbal requests; gathers data from various County departments.

Investigates and researches matters in various on-line and paper resources, including libraries, archives, land records, public records, and governmental databases.

Under supervision and review of an attorney, handles collection matters and civil citation matters.

Interacts and communicates with the public, employees, officers and officials of County, state and federal governments and court systems.

This job has no supervisory responsibilities.

MINIMUM REQUIRED EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE

Associate's Degree and 3 years related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

PREFERRED EDUCATION, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook. Typing score of 70 WPM, or higher. Experience using LexisNexis Time Matters or similar practice management application. Proficiency with electronic filing procedures with courts. Ability to work with a small group of professionals. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Strong analytical skills. Ability to work under pressure and meet competing time demands. Interest in public service and ability to interact and communicate with the general public.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WOR ENVIRONMENT:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to sit and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and ability to adjust focus. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

LANGUAGE SKILLS, MATHMATICAL SKILLS AND REASONING ABILITY:

Ability to read and interpret documents such as legal correspondence, business correspondence, basic legal documents, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization. Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry. Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations. Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES AND REGISTRATIONS

Paralegal certificate.

Keywords: Howard County Government, Ellicott City , Paralegal, Other , ellicott city, Maryland

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