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Paralegal - Defensive Litigation


Paralegal - Defensive Litigation

Paralegal - Defensive Litigation

Harris County
Houston, TX 77002

Job details

Job Type

Full-time
Position Description

THE HARRIS COUNTY ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
The dedicated attorneys and paralegals of the Harris County Attorney's Office advise and represent the nation's third largest county, its officials, and more than 15,000 employees. Our clients include the sheriff, constables, district attorney, medical examiner, district and county clerks, budget management office, juvenile justice center, county judge, and commissioners. This rewarding practice gives us a unique perspective of the inner workings of a large urban county. Our Defensive Litigation team is a small group of approximately 20 of our most accomplished attorneys and paralegals who defend cases that often receive national attention. We frequently argue before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, Texas appellate courts, and Texas Supreme Court, and our attorneys have a rare opportunity to develop their civil litigation skills from case inception to appeal. Most of our work involves civil rights, constitutional law, employment, and Texas Tort Claims Act cases. We also represent the Sheriff's Office in civil service hearings.

POSITION OVERVIEW

Our paralegals work under the direction of the administrative manager, deputy administrative manager and assigned attorneys. They perform delegated and supervised substantive legal work which requires an understanding of legal principles and procedures. They ensure the smooth and timely preparation of cases from inception through trial and appeal.

Our paralegals must be able to assist attorneys in drafting, proofing, and filing answers, motions, and other legal documents, gathering, organizing, redacting, and producing discovery, and preparing for motions, trial, and appeal by compiling motion and trial notebooks, assembling jury instructions, and compiling exhibit lists. They must be familiar with Texas and federal electronic filing systems such as Texas e-file and federal ECF/Pacer to both file and retrieve court documents. They must also have an ability to gather, organize, redact, and produce discovery, help prepare and organize pleadings, and assist attorneys and other paralegals as needed. It is crucial that our paralegals identify deadlines and procedural requirements based on Texas and federal rules of civil procedure and local judges' procedures. This requires that they maintain accurate and up-to-date files and calendar entries to keep up with (and remind attorneys about) deadlines. They must communicate well with clients, attorneys, court personnel, and staff, be comfortable with technology, and open and close files in a case management system, report and maintain time and other records, and handle other administrative matters.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Assisting attorneys in drafting, proofing, and filing answers, motions, and other legal documents, gathering, organizing, redacting, and producing discovery, and preparing for motions, trial, and appeal by compiling motion and trial notebooks, assembling jury instructions, and compiling exhibit lists
  • Utilizing Texas e-file and federal ECF/Pacer to file documents in state and federal court and pulling pleadings and other documents from courts to file internally
  • Identifying deadlines and procedural requirements based on state and federal rules of civil procedure and local judges' procedures
  • Maintaining accurate and up-to-date files and calendar entries to keep up with (and remind attorneys about) deadlines
  • Communicating well with clients, attorneys, court personnel, and staff
  • Opening and closing files in case management system, assisting with attorney and case reports, reporting and maintaining time and other records, and handling other administrative matters
  • Performing other duties as assigned by supervisors

Harris County is an Equal Opportunity Employer
https://hrrm.harriscountytx.gov/Pages/EqualEmploymentOpportunityPlan.aspx
If you need special services or accommodations, please call (713) 274-5445 or email ADACoordinator@bmd.hctx.net

Requirements

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
  • Associate Degree or higher in Legal Support Services or Paralegal Certificate
  • Prior experience as a paralegal in a busy practice with both Texas and federal litigation
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & Abilities
  • Excellent strategic skills, leadership, verbal and written communication skills, and analytic capabilities
  • Candidates must be proficient typists and experts at Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and Windows
  • Expertise in MS Teams and OpenText
  • Ability to create neat and accurate tables of contents and tables of authorities in Word
  • An understanding of federal and Texas case citation rules
  • Familiarity with the Green Book and Blue Book
  • Understanding of legal writing styles and grammar

NOTE: Qualifying education, experience, knowledge, and skills must be documented on your job application. You may attach a resume to the application as supporting documentation but ONLY information stated on the application will be used for consideration. "See Resume" will not be accepted for qualifications.

Preferences

  • Five or more years’ experience as a paralegal in a busy practice with both Texas and federal litigation

General Information

Work Hours & Conditions

  • Particularly during trial, hearings, or depositions outside the office, a paralegal may be required to assist in moving files, exhibits, and other physical items.
  • Paralegals must be able to work with groups and individuals in Defensive Litigation and other divisions while exhibiting a positive, confident, courteous, and professional disposition
Typical Office Workday
  • Monday through Friday with occasional weekends and holidays as necessary
Physical Demands
  • The physical demands are sedentary work, exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally, and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body
  • Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally, and all other sedentary criteria are met.

Employment is contingent upon passing a background check.


Due to a high volume of applications positions may close prior to the advertised closing date or at the discretion of the Hiring Department.


BENEFITS
Harris County offers a competitive benefits program, including comprehensive group health and related benefits plan as well as defined benefit retirement plan.
The following list of benefits is offered only to employees in regular (full-time) positions:
  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Wellness
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-term disability
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • 10 days of vacation each year for the first five (5) years of service. Accrual rates increase based on years of service.
  • 10 county holidays plus one (1) floating holiday
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Dependent Care Reimbursement Plan
  • Healthcare Reimbursement Account
  • 457 Deferred Compensation Plan
The following benefits are also available to regular (full-time) employment and may be available to part-time employees:
  • Retirement pension (TCDRS)
    • Flexible schedules (varies by department)
      • Transportation Assistance (Metro RideSponsor Program)

In accordance with the Harris County Personnel Regulations, Group Health and related benefits are subject to amendment or discontinuance at any time. Commissioners Court reserves the right to make benefit modifications on the County's behalf as needed.
For plan details, visit the Harris County benefits website:
https://hrrm.harriscountytx.gov/Pages/Medical.aspx


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