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.
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
Learns and performs all essential job functions accurately.
Provides litigation support for multiple litigation attorneys
handling a wide variety of matters for Howard County
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
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
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
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
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