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Legal Assistant 3 with in-training - Torts Division, Seattle

at State of Washington

Pay: $40152 to $52536/year
$40152 - $52536
Posted: 11/12/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2629012
Keywords: office

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Persons requiring reasonable accommodation in the application process or requiring information in an alternative format may contact Tracy Robinson at 360-586-7693.  Those with a hearing impairment in need of accommodation are encouraged to contact the Washington Relay Service at 1-800-676-3777 or www.washingtonrelay.com.

This position will remain open until a sufficient number of qualified candidates have applied. First review of applications is expected to occur on 12/2/2019 and will be ongoing.

The AGO serves more than 230 state agencies, boards, commissions, colleges and universities, as well as the Legislature and the Governor.  The mission of the Office is to deliver the highest quality professional legal services to officials, agencies, and citizens of the state of Washington.  The Office is comprised of over 550 attorneys and 700 professional staff.  Diversity is critical to the success of the mission of the AGO. It is the recognition, respect, and appreciation of all cultures and backgrounds and the fostering of the inclusion of differences between people. Appreciating, valuing and implementing principles of diversity permits AGO employees to achieve their fullest potential in an inclusive, respectful environment.  The core values of the AGO are served by a strong commitment to the value of diversity and by promoting an inclusive workplace.  
 
For more information about the AGO, we encourage you to review the Office's newest Annual Report which can be found HERE and view THIS VIDEO.
 
The Attorney General's Office is recruiting for a permanent full time Legal Assistant 3 in the Torts Division. This position is located in downtown Seattle, WA. Note: There is the possibility of an in-training from the Legal Assistant 2 level.
 
Salary 
The salary listed above is for the Legal Assistant 3 level. Applicants qualifying at the Legal Assistant 2 level will start at a salary range 40 ($36,624 - $47,568 annually) and after successful completion of the in-training will move to the Legal Assistant 3 range.
 
*Legal Assistants located in our Seattle Office receive 20% assignment pay in addition to the salary listed above.
 
The Torts Division of the Office of the Washington State Attorney General defends tort claims and cases brought against the State. This includes defending simple and complex civil litigation against the Department of Transportation (highways, ferries and aeronautics), colleges and universities, Department of Corrections, Department of Social and Health Services, Washington State Patrol, and various other State agencies. These lawsuits frequently raise claims of negligence, violations of civil rights, and violation of the Washington State Law Against Discrimination, among many others.  The defense practice entails intense discovery (written and deposition), motion work and of course trials, most of which are in King County.

Duties

In support of the mission and values of the Attorney General's Office and under general direction, supports Assistant Attorneys General by performing complex litigation support and entry-level paralegal support. This position may train, lead or mentor lower level staff and serves as a resource for staff regarding technical legal assignments.
 
Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Performs complex legal support functions such as: composes, formats, proofreads, prepares, serves and files pleadings, motions, briefs and other legal documents meeting specific time requirements, court schedules, and confirmation procedures.
  • Prepares initial responsive pleadings and correspondence in a civil lawsuit, subsequent answer and jury demand, discovery pleadings, both propounded and responsive, such as interrogatories and requests for production; motions, affidavits, briefs, responses, and proposed orders, as well as other documents required by court rule.
  • Checks legal citations and Westchecks case citations.
  • Conducts limited legal research on specific issues, utilizing the law library and court rules.
  • Obtains due dates from court documents or court rules and keeps tickle calendar; keeps attorney, investigator and paralegal informed of approaching due dates.
  • Schedules depositions and hearings, and makes arrangements with court reporters, conference rooms, and travel reservations.
  • Obtains medical, employment, or other records using appropriate legal means, such as releases and setting records depositions.
  • Receives, reads, and dockets or supervises computerized docketing of incoming mail, retaining and independently composing answers to procedural correspondence for attorney's signature and routes balance to attorney, calling attention to urgent items.
  • Dockets or delegates computerized docketing for all outgoing mail and determines most cost effective and expeditious means of delivery and proof of service, in state and out of state.
  • Analyzes factual information contained in discovery materials and advises attorney on persons who should be deposed and documents that should be obtained.
  • Locates witnesses by searching discovery records, telephoning or checking other sources of information.
  • Composes, organizes and enters factual information and documents related to litigation into computer databases.
  • Logs and assists with organization and preparation of large volumes of documents related to litigation.
  • Identifies, compiles and prepares documents for discovery and trial.
  • Prepares, organizes and assembles trial materials, including trial notebooks, trial briefs, jury instructions, exhibits, courtroom aids, pre- and post-trial motions.
  • Assists attorneys during trial within the office and in the courtroom as requested.

Qualifications

To qualify at the Legal Assistant 3 level:
 
Option 1: High School diploma or equivalent and four years of experience in a legal environment in support of an attorney, administrative law judge(s), review judge(s) or equivalent;
 
Option 2: One year as a Legal Assistant 2;
 
Option 3: A two-year degree in Legal Secretary Studies, Paralegal Studies or related field of study plus 2 years of legal office experience. A Bachelor's degree may substitute for the Legal Secretary or Paralegal degree.
 
To qualify at the Legal Assistant 2 level:
 
Option 1: High School diploma or equivalent and two years of experience in a legal environment in support of an attorney, administrative law judge(s), review judge(s) or equivalent;
 
Option 2: One year as a Legal Assistant 1;
 
Option 3: A two-year degree in Legal Secretary Studies, Paralegal Studies or related field plus 1 year of legal office experience. A Bachelor's degree may substitute for the Legal Secretary or Paralegal degree but not the experience.

Supplemental Information


This position will remain open until a sufficient number of qualified candidates have applied. First review of applications is expected to occur on 12/2/2019 and will be ongoing.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
 

In addition to completing the online application, applicants must attach the following documents to their profile in order to be considered for this position:

  • A letter of interest, describing your specific qualifications for the position;
  • A current resume detailing experience and education.
 
READ THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION COMPLETELY:
  • Carefully review your application for accuracy, spelling and grammar before submitting.
  • You may not reapply to this posting for 30 days.
  • The initial screening of applications will be based solely on the contents and completeness of the "work experience" and "education" sections of your application in www.careers.wa.gov, completeness of the application material submitted, and responses to the supplemental questionnaire.
  • A resume will not substitute for completing the "work experience" section of the application.
  • All information may be verified and documentation may be required.
 
Honoring diversity, equity and inclusion means that as an agency, and as individuals, we are committed to ensuring that all employees and volunteers enjoy a respectful, safe and supportive working environment.  Only by fostering the inclusion of people from all backgrounds, cultures and attributes, can AGO employees and volunteers achieve their fullest potential and best advance the goals and mission of the AGO.
 
The AGO is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation/gender identity, age, disability, honorably discharged veteran or military status, retaliation or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Persons requiring reasonable accommodation in the application process or requiring information in an alternative format may contact Tracy Robinson at 360-586-7693.  Those with a hearing impairment in need of accommodation are encouraged to contact the Washington Relay Service at 1-800-676-3777 or www.washingtonrelay.com.
 
For questions regarding this recruitment or assistance with the application process, please contact Letrice Tobin at (206) 587-5613 or Letrice.Tobin@atg.wa.gov.
 
If you are having technical difficulties creating, accessing or completing your application, please call NEOGOV toll-free at (855) 524-5627 or support@neogov.com.