DEADLINE: Open until filled. Applications should be received by March 4, 2019 to be considered for the first round of interviews.
SALARY RANGE (Depending on Experience): $22.96 - $30.77/hour
PURPOSE OF THE JOB
The Litigation Assistant will work directly with our attorneys to interview and interface with clients, prepare for upcoming cases, participate in fact investigation projects, prepare documents for filing, and be responsible for developing and organizing documents and factual materials for cases and projects. The ideal candidate for this position is organized, detail-oriented, professional, responsible, and committed to helping us meet our clients’ needs. This position is supervised by a Litigation Counsel.
· Communicate with callers, clients, client representatives, and other agencies and organizations.
· Fact investigation, including requests for records and documents, internet research, interviews of potential witnesses and others.
· Assist in preparing documents for filing, including cite checking (applying proper legal formatting, checking accuracy of citations and quotes, etc.)
· Review, summarize, organize, index and manage documents, including use of litigation document management databases.
· Prepare fact summaries and charts for cases and projects.
· Assist with preparation of discovery, including interrogatories, document production, and depositions.
· Establish and maintain legal/discovery files.
· Coordination of experts.
· Maintain time records.
· Perform other duties as assigned.
This position has no supervisory responsibilities.
Minimal travel required: Ability to travel infrequently for activities such as training or outreach activities up to 10% of the time.
Education and Experience
· A Bachelor’s degree or other degree from a four-year college.
· Strong writing and interviewing skills.
· Effective oral and written communication skills, including a working knowledge of the English language; correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure; and ability to draft routine correspondence.
· Experience using Microsoft Word and/or Word Perfect, with strong word processing skills (including creating, editing, and formatting documents).
· Experience using Excel.
Experience working with and/or sensitivity to persons with disabilities and/or experience working with and/or sensitivity to persons from multi-ethnic communities.
· Fluency in American Sign Language OR Bilingual in English/Spanish
· Paralegal Certification OR Juris Doctor
· Life experience as a person with a disability OR direct experience as a caregiver of a family member with a disability.
CORE COMPETENCY SKILL LEVELS
The competencies below represent the knowledge, skills, behaviors and/or abilities required to be successful at DRC, with or without disability related reasonable accommodations.
Ability to mediate problems, present alternatives and creative solutions, and assess consequences.
Ability to write memorandum and correspondence. Ability to use clear, concise language to provide timely and accurate written and oral communication. Ability to effectively present information, and respond to questions from staff, clients, and the public.
Ability to solve problems while factoring in a number of variables, using sound and logical reasoning, and the proper level of authority. Ability to utilize available information, past experience, and sound judgment to select the best approach in a timely manner despite ambiguity, and determine when deviations are appropriate.
Diversity & Inclusion
Ability to see different points of view and check own views against the views of others. Ability to listen to and objectively consider the ideas/input of others. Ability to work to understand the perspectives of others and demonstrate empathy.
Ability to educate clients, community partners, and/or community agencies regarding DRC’s mission and services. Ability to obtain stakeholder feedback and determine needs. Ability to share responsibility and ownership of work assignments. Ability to be purposeful in interactions, to be mindful of style differences, and to communicate effectively with others. Ability to work effectively with co-workers using a team-based approach.
The following describes general working conditions and requirements of the job, which can be performed with or without disability related reasonable accommodations. Duties are performed in an office environment. Duties frequently require sitting, talking and/or hearing. Weights to be lifted and/or moved up to 10 pounds are frequently encountered.