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Senior Paralegal


  • LAUSD
  • 09/16/19
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • 90017
  • $35.54-$44.29 / Hourly
  • Full-Time
Job Title: Senior Paralegal (Legal Services)

Minimum Salary: $35.54 Hourly
Maximum Salary: $44.29 Hourly

Application Open Date: 08/29/2019
Application Close Date: 09/25/2019

The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) of the Los Angeles Unified School District seeks to be nothing less than the best public law office in Los Angeles County. The OGC is an ethical, high performance legal department with high professional standards and integrity that provides first class legal service to the teachers, supervisors and administrators who support the District's 600,000 plus students that we educate.
The OGC uses their skills to advise and counsel schools and administrative offices, and recognize that their ultimate clients are the students of the District and their families, and work to support the District's vision that all of our students will graduate, be college prepared and career ready.

Job Description:

A Senior Paralegal assists attorneys and other legal professionals with complex legal research, litigation, and transactional matters.

Job Responsibilities:

A Senior Paralegal typically performs the following duties:

A Senior Paralegal drafts and files complex litigation documents (e.g., pleadings, answers, title searches, proofs of service, demands for indemnity, and due diligence statements) in court.
Reviews opposition filings and prepares draft responses with minimal supervision.
Supervises, trains, and mentors paralegals, secretarial, and clerical staff.
Manages a law office, including budget and financial data preparation.

A Senior Paralegal assists attorneys and other legal professionals with complex legal research matters and case preparation by:

Using law library facilities and resources to research assigned subjects.
Developing data and preparing pleadings, reports, or memoranda that are related to problems assigned to study.
Preparing fact analyses and assembling complicated packages of documents and other materials.
Preparing trial documents for federal and State court.
Performing support duties for attorneys and other legal professionals by:
Screening and/or responding to telephone requests for legal advice, legal representation, case law, pertinent sections of legal codes, District bulletins, etc.
Arranging for depositions, interviews, and meetings.
Drafting, editing, filing, and locating correspondence, legal opinions, and court decisions as requested.
Maintaining a docket and calendar to show the status of pending litigation, requests for legal opinions, and other matters, and reminding staff attorneys of deadlines for preparing litigation.
Filing litigation documents in court and preparing requests for warrants for necessary filing fees.
Handling small claims court matters as necessary.
Taking minutes at meetings as necessary and preparing transcripts.
Preparing indexes, fact memos, and transcript and deposition summaries.
Participating in discovery and trial activities, including document and witness preparation.
Working with outside law firms, when required, to coordinate discovery and other matters with District staff.
Participating in the training of non-lawyer District staff.

A Senior Paralegal oversees, and tracks expenditures, balances imprest and other legal accounts payable, and prepares reports case-by-case, by lawyer, etc.

This class description is not a complete statement of essential functions, responsibilities, or requirements. Entrance requirements are representative of the minimum level of knowledge, skill, and/or abilities. To the extent permitted by law, management retains the discretion to add or change typical duties of a position at any time, as long as such addition or change is reasonably related to existing duties.

Benefits:
Insurance: Paid premiums for your choice of several medical, dental, vision, and life insurance plans.
Retirement: Member
ship in the California Public Employee Retirement System (CalPERS). Vacation: Two weeks of paid vacation to start. Three weeks after five years of year-round paid service.
Paid Holidays: 12 days.

Minimum Requirements:

The minimum requirements for Senior Paralegal are as follows:

Education: Graduation from a recognized college or university with a bachelors degree. Qualifying experience can substitute the college requirement on a year-for-year basis. Certification as a Paralegal by a program approved by the American Bar Association is required. A Juris Doctor degree or equivalent from an American or California Bar Association accredited institution can be substituted for all the above educational requirements.

Experience: Five or more years experience as a paralegal in one or more of the following areas is required: a) construction/real estate; b) litigation; c) contracts/business services/information technology; d) human resources/employee relations; e) special education/legal compliance; and f) school-district law

Special: A valid California Driver License and the availability of private transportation, or the ability to use an alternative method of transportation.

Desired Qualifications:

The ideal candidate has knowledge of:
Legal resources and methods of legal research
Basic concepts, procedures, and formats required in civil and school law practices
Legal terminology
Office methods, practices, and procedures
Correct punctuation, spelling, and grammar
Records and files organization and use
Computers and software applications, including Word, WordPerfect, Access, Excel, Powerpoint, Adobe Acrobat, legal matter management software, and Lexis and/or Westlaw, TM Law office management
The ideal candidate has the ability to:
Possess a strong background in assisting litigation or business contracts and transactional legal cases
Oversee and train other paralegals
Manage law office, including the preparation of budgets and other financial reports
Understand the litigation process and the legal concepts associated with specific legal teams (e.g., facilities, human resources)
Write clear, concise reports
Comprehend, analyze, and digest legal opinions, legislation, and legal publications
Learn about legal processes, procedures, and the various legal services provided by governmental jurisdictions and private agencies
Exercise initiative and sound judgment
Use legal terminology, prepare legal documents, and follow legal procedures
Set up and use legal opinion and subject files and library of legal publications
Locate and identify legal opinions, court decisions, and legislation
Work effectively with employees of the District, members of the general public, students, parents, and representatives of other governmental jurisdictions
Work independently
Be self-directed and capable of handling tasks without close supervision.

How to Apply:
(1) Visit https://www.lausdjobs.org
(2) Look for Jobs Open to the Public on the right side of the screen to find the link for the position of Senior Paralegal (Legal Services)
(3) Read the Job Bulletin
(4) Complete and submit the application

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