Job Title: Specialist, Paralegal
Office: Office of the General Counsel
Date Posted: 9/3/2021
Salary Range: 1-5 / $82,326 - $92,554
NTE Date: N/A
The Government of the District of Columbia values the safety of our employees, our residents, and our visitors. In support of these values, if you are selected for this job you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, except when vaccination is not medically advised or violates your sincerely held religious beliefs. If you are invited to join our team, you must submit proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to your initial HR representative, or you must request an exemption from your representative. New employees must either provide proof of vaccination or be granted a medical or religious exemption before working with the Government of the District of Columbia.
The Office of General Counsel (OGC) is responsible for providing expert advice of counsel and legal representation to DCPS' Chancellor, Central Office, principals, and other school-based staff to help ensure that all DCPS students, regardless of background or circumstance, receive a world-class education that prepares them for success in college, career, and life. Major practice areas in OGC include: Labor and Employment, General Practice, and Litigation, which includes Special Education due process litigation under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA).
The Paralegal Specialist will be responsible for performing legal research, including search of statutes, regulations, legislative history, case law, and other legal authorities on points of law. The Paralegal Specialist also provides legal assistance to attorneys with the preparation of case files including the preparation of discovery materials to be provided to litigants, the preparation of subpoenas and court notices, and requesting and obtaining necessary documentation from outside agencies.
The Specialist, Paralegal will report to the Deputy General Counsel.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The below statements are intended to describe the general nature and scope of work being performed by this position. This is not a complete listing of all responsibilities, duties, and/or skills required. Other duties may be assigned.
- Provides assistance to attorneys with the preparation of case files, including the preparation of discovery materials to be provided to litigants, the preparation of subpoenas and court notices, and requesting and obtaining necessary documents and information from outside agencies.
- Prepares a variety of legal documents, including litigation hold letters, written discovery requests and responses, privilege logs and indexes.
- Performs legal researches, including search of statutes, regulations, legislative history, case law, and other legal authorities applicable to particular legal matters.
- Reviews, analyzes, and organizes facts, documents, and other evidence.
- Handles sensitive and confidential information, subject to the attorney client privilege, the attorney work product privilege, and various agency privileges.
- Prepares trial notebooks, schedule witness conferences, prepare trial subpoenas, summarize deposition transcripts, draft legal documents and pleadings, prepare and organize exhibits.
- Bachelor's degree and three to five years of related legal experience.
- Master's degree preferred.
- Paralegal Certificate or degree in Paralegal Studies.
- Previous exposure to or experience in the education sector a plus.
- A law degree is desirable, but not required.
- Strong organizational and time management skills as well as attention to detail.
- Experience with LexisNexis or Westlaw, scanners, PowerPoint, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Relativity (or similar document management software).
Personal Qualities of Top Candidates
- Commitment to Equity: Passionate about closing the achievement gap and ensuring that every child, regardless of background or circumstance, receives an excellent education.
- Leadership: Coaches, mentors, and challenges others to excel despite obstacles and challenging situations.
- Focus on Data-Driven Results: Relentlessly pursues the improvement of central office performance and school leadership, instruction, and operations, and is driven by a desire to produce quantifiable student achievement gains.
- Innovative Problem-Solving: Approaches work with a sense of possibility and sees challenges as opportunities for creative problem solving; takes initiative to explore issues and find potential innovative solutions.
- Adaptability: Excels in constantly changing environments and adapts flexibly in shifting projects or priorities to meet the needs of a dynamic transformation effort; comfortable with ambiguity and non-routine situations.
- Teamwork: Increases the effectiveness of surrounding teams through collaboration, constant learning and supporting others; sensitive to diversity in all its forms; respects and is committed to learning from others.
- Dependability: Does whatever it takes to consistently deliver with high quality under tight deadlines; successfully manages own projects through strong organization, detailed workplans, and balancing of multiple priorities.
- Communication and Customer Service Skills: Communicates clearly and compellingly with diverse stakeholders in both oral and written forms; anticipates and responds to customer needs in a high-quality and courteous manner.