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Focused on delivering unsurpassed services in support of law enforcement and homeland security, FSA, a rapidly growing joint venture owned by trusted solutions providers SAIC and AECOM, has a vacancy for a Paralegal II supporting the US Attorney's Office.
The USAO handles many ACE investigations that are national in scope and involve extensive electronically stored information (ESI) that is subpoenaed in connection with these investigations. The contractor will provide the services of a Paralegal, who will: assist in the development of ACE investigative referrals; advise ACE Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs) on the merits and weaknesses of referrals based upon applicable law, evidence, and potential defenses; perform legal and factual research; organize case-related documents; prepare initial drafts of pleadings for AUSAs to review and file with the court; organize, review, and analyze documents produced during the investigation or discovery; assist with witness interviews; and assist with trial preparation. The contract Paralegal will work both independently and as part of an inter-agency team with government attorneys and others.
Cases may require analysis of complex data and corporate documents, and may involve sensitive matters or prominent organizations, corporations, or individuals. Matters may lead to cases involving fraud and other violations of federal law committed against federal, state, and local governments and other victims protected by the USAO. These causes of action may be brought under the False Claims Act, the Controlled Substances Act, various civil rights statutes, environmental laws, or other federal statutes.
* Under the direction and approval of the government, the Paralegal will support the mission of the USAO's ACE Program and assist AUSAs with investigations, witness interviewing, witness preparation, discovery, pretrial motions, trial strategy, and settlement in complex civil cases. These services include, but are not limited to the following:
* Works with AUSAs, investigators, federal agents, and support staff to determine the most effective strategy to develop referrals and meet litigation needs. Helps the USAO develop new referrals by ensuring a good working relationship with client agencies and the public, and by assisting in ACE training for federal, state and local agencies.
* Performs legal research on particular issues and cases identified by the attorney in support of ACE litigation. Research methods include searching for legal precedents in opinions, existing legal files, textbooks, legal periodicals, statutes and regulations, and computerized research methods. Has knowledge of legal research software such as Westlaw and Lexis/Nexis.
* Performs factual research on particular issues and cases identified by the attorney in support of ACE litigation. Methods include researching on-line resources, reviewing journals and periodicals, researching public records, reviewing financial documents, performing asset searches, and conducting public records searches.
* Organizes case-related documents for attorney review, discovery, and trial preparation using document review platforms such as Relativity or Eclipse. Prepares and maintains digests and indexes of documents and other evidence.
* Reviews and analyzes documents produced in discovery or in response to subpoenas, including but not limited to creating queries, tagging documents, and writing up analyses, summaries and chronologies of reviewed documents.
* Receives incoming pleadings and correspondence, and determines appropriate action while noting time limitations for the government's response.
* Prepares initial drafts of a variety of legal documents for review by AUSAs, such as complaints, motions, responses, briefs, tolling agreements, and settlement agreements. Incorporates legal references and includes an analysis of precedents related to the case.
* Assists AUSAs with interviewing witnesses and potential complainants concerning violations of federal law.
* Assists AUSAs and support staff in the production of exhibit and witness lists, exhibit notebooks, and/or demonstrative exhibits for trial.
* Attends court proceedings or other key litigation or investigation events, and assists ACE attorney(s) in presenting cases.
* Provides administrative support to ACE AUSAs by arranging for procurement of service and supplies, maintaining records, and preparing reports of ACE expenditures and case results.
* Performs other related duties as assigned.
A Paralegal II must meet the following qualifications:
* Paralegal Certificate required
* At least 2-5 years of experience; trial experience very helpful
* Strong work ethic, writing skills and attention to detail are essential
* Knowledge of Westlaw and Lexis/Nexis is required
* Knowledge of Microsoft Office Software (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.), Adobe, Eclipse, Relativity, Trial Director, and CaseMap is a plus.
* 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.
Forfeiture Support Associates (FSA), LLC is proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote qualiﬁed persons in all job titles without regard to age, ancestry, color, gender, HIV status, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation (including gender expression and identity), veteran status, family leave status or any protected group status as deﬁned by applicable law.
Recognized for our industry experience in upholding the Department of Justice (DOJ) Asset Forfeiture contract, Forfeiture Support Associates (FSA), LLC is dedicated to delivering smart and flexible staffing and support solutions to government agencies across the country.
We take great pride in our ability to provide consistent customer satisfaction, unsurpassed service, integrity and excellence in all our solutions.
FSA customers include all agencies with in the Department of Justice such as EOUSA, USAO, FBI, DEA, USPIS, USMS, and ATF and more. We also provide services to other federal and local government agencies.