Sep 16, 2019
Focused on delivering unsurpassed services in support of law enforcement and homeland security, FSA, a rapidly growing joint venture owned by trusted solutions providers Engility and AECOM, has a vacancy for a Paralegal I/Legal Assistant supporting the US Attorney's Office.
A Paralegal I performs, but is not limited to the following duties:
I. Establishes and maintains files and case-tracking database. Typical assignments include:
(a) Receives newly opened case files and takes necessary measures to notify the proper client agency of service and to obtain litigation report and/or other needed case information.
(b) As directed, establishes and updates database to track receipt of cases, upcoming deadlines, and other case information. Keeps attorneys and appropriate staff members informed of the current status of cases.
(c) Monitors the progress of pending cases and initiates action to ensure that established deadlines are met.
(d) Physically maintains case files and case related material in current status within a filing system that is accessible and enables easy retrieval.
2. Assists in discovery. Typical assignments include:
(a) With supervision, drafts subpoenas and related documents and ensures proper delivery of such. Tracks recipients' compliance with subpoenas and follows-up to ensure compliance.
(b) Maintains discovery material and other case related records in an indexed filing system that is accessible and enables easy retrieval.
3. Provides a variety of legal documents, correspondence, and other related material. Typical assignments include:
(a) Independently prepares a variety of repetitive/routine documents and submits for AUSA review and approval prior to filing/issuance.
(b) Composes original letters that do not require legal interpretations, but do require a good working knowledge of legal procedures and specialized terminology. Examples include transmittal of pleadings, status updates to client agencies, and notices to adverse counsel and/or co-counsel.
(c) Documents are completed in a timely manner, presented for signature in the proper format, and are normally signed by the supervisor as prepared. Documents are infrequently returned for editorial changes and are rarely returned for spelling, format, or punctuation errors.
4. Provides a variety of direct legal support services which typically include:
(a) Proofreads attorneys' written product by performing the following:
i. Verifies citations and statutory references contained in legal documents, ensuring that citations are correct, complete, and consistent with source materials;
ii. Detects and corrects format, spelling, and grammatical errors;
iii. Points out questionable wording
(b) Maintains AUSAs and court calendars as directed. Assembles exhibits. Schedules court reporters, witnesses, and conferences. Answers outside inquiries not requiring legal interpretations and refers other questions to appropriate office members. Exercises judgn,ent and discretion in determining information provided to telephonic inquiries and visitors.
(c) Maintains professional working relationships with agency counsel and staff. Ensures that client agencies are kept informed of the status of assigned cases.
(d) Arranges travel for AUSAs.
5. Provides assistance that is dependable and effective in dealings with courts, clients, and co-workers (including supervisors and support staff) and others which typically includes:
(a) Performs all assigned tasks commensurate with experience level with appropriate supervision and occasionally is available for special assignments or volunteers for special projects.
(b) Performs tasks requiring interaction, oral and written, with clients, co-workers, and others in a diplomatic, cooperative, considerate, courteous, professional, and timely manner.
(c) Exhibits excellent written and oral communication skills, thorough knowledge and hands-on familiarity with a variety of computer applications, including wordprocessing, databases, and spreadsheets. Ability to consistently produce high quality work under pressure will be very important.
6. Performs other related duties as assigned.
A Paralegal I/ Legal Assistant must meet the following qualifications:
* Paralegal certificate encouraged but not required.
* At least two years of litigation experience preferred.
* Knowledge of standard legal citation system sufficient to perform straightforward legal research.
* Excellent written and oral communications skills and analytic ability.
* Familiarity with a variety of computer applications, specifically the Microsoft suite (Word, Excel, etc.).
* 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.
Baton Rouge, LA, USA