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Our Office of the Attorney General has an outstanding opportunity for a Paralegal 3.
Paralegals in the Office of the Attorney General, UW Division provide expert level legal support functions for attorneys including responding to subpoenas and other legal documents, reviewing public records requests, preparing materials for various administrative hearings, while applying independent judgement in completing other complex tasks and projects. The Paralegal 3 position will be a supervisor for the paralegal team and manager of projects and tasks while at the same time performing regular paralegal functions.
The UWAGO is comprised of 20 attorneys and 12 support staff. The Division provides legal services to the UW. The UW is a large, complex client with campuses in Seattle, Bothell, and Tacoma with over 45,000 students, and over 30,000 faculty and staff, including three major medical centers.
The UWAGO furnishes legal advice and representation across a wide scope of specialized areas, including healthcare, employment law, labor relations, student affairs, real estate, business law, intercollegiate athletics, public finance, bonds, intellectual property, tax, benefits, gifts and trusts, and constitutional law. The Division's mission is to serve the UW by assuring that the UW receives legal advice and representation that meets the highest professional standards.
Coordinate with the Administrator and other supervisors to plan, lead, organize, and control the work performed by the paralegal staff. Supervise, train and coach paralegal staff in the performance of all duties; schedule and conduct staff meetings; draft new office procedures and update office manuals to maximize the efficiency and operations of the paralegal support within the office.
Develop and/or updates position description forms, interviews and recommends individuals for appointment or promotion; provide training to new and existing staff, assign and monitor work of the paralegals they supervise; conduct annual performance reviews. Assure appropriate and optimum use of the organization's resources and enhances the effectiveness of employees through timely appraisal and professional development opportunities.
Perform complex paralegal support activities under the supervision of assistant attorneys general. Review files, critically analyze, and summarize complex legal and factual issues, questions and strategies. Evaluate the evidence in a file. Contact client representatives, if necessary, to clarify issues or obtain additional information. Conduct investigation to gather relevant information and documents. Correspond with others including potential witnesses and outside counsel. Prepare a written analysis of complex legal issues, facts, policies, nature of the case, jurisdiction, remedy sought, potential witnesses, etc. Review and analyze additional evidence provided by opposing parties. Independently compose letters, pleadings and other documents including, but not limited to, affidavits, motions, and memoranda. Conduct legal and other technical research utilizing Westlaw, library resources and the internet. Prepare research reports as requested. Assist attorney in preparing for and taking part in meetings, hearings, etc.
Act as point of contact between attorneys and members of the campus community, opposing and co-counsel, court personnel, the public, and other interested parties, to facilitate the completion of matter (litigation and non-litigation) related tasks and processes. Within established guidelines, respond to requests for information and for copies of documents, statutes, and cases, and answer general questions regarding legal matters and status of cases. Field incoming calls and provide assistance to clients, co-counsel, law firms in the absence of the attorney.
| Demonstrate Knowledge of: |
Management principles and practices, including training and supervision
Paralegal processes and procedures
Demonstrate Ability to:
Develop and implement long and short-range plans
Develop internal operating procedures
Multi-task and/or shift priorities to conduct necessary business
Conduct effective meetings
Organize, prioritize, and manage a large number of projects and diversified work groups
Express ideas clearly, orally, in writing, and in meetings
Advise subordinates on office procedures
Research and comply with state and agency policies and procedures
Effectively use software applications, case management systems, and databases with dual reporting requirements for the AGO and UW
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check
The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Criminal Conviction History, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select Apply to this position. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your My Jobs page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.