Job opening: Paralegal Specialist
Salary: $64 957 - 84 441 per year
Published at: Aug 31 2023
Employment Type: Full-time
For more information on the Department of Justice and the United States Attorneys' Offices, visit http://www.justice.gov/usao/.
As needed, additional positions may be filled using this announcement.
This position is also being announced to All U.S. Citizens and Nationals under Announcement No. 23-DC-11960988-DE.
If selected for this position, you will join a well-respected Appellate Division team of the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia (USAO-DC) and become part of the extremely dedicated leadership team that leads, collaborates, and supports Assistant United States Attorneys and administrative professionals who handle all the criminal appeals for the office in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. The Paralegal Specialist will support Division leadership with day-to day responsibilities for providing appellate case management services and providing legal administrative support to the paralegal staff, Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs), deputy chiefs, and Chief of the Appellate Division.
Typical work assignments include:
Conducts legal research, composes legal documents and correspondence; verifies citations and statutory references; summarizes data, makes conclusions, and recommends appropriate action in a variety of activities related to civil and/or criminal appeals.
Using multiple online databases to research state and federal statutes, legal and factual issues, and performing extensive and thorough legal research into the legislative history, and case precedent applicable to particular legal matters.
With guidance, drafts correspondence and legal documents that coordinate actions with other Federal agencies or State and local jurisdictions that are associated with USAO-DC litigative activities.
Manages discovery and evidence in electronic and hard copy formats, preparing for the use of it in each stage of litigation.
Drafts initial legal documents and correspondence which summarize and explain case file, depositions and/or interrogatories.
Coordinates production of administrative records and responses to requests for discovery. Prepares and organizes voluminous material for production as discovery and for use in appeal. Identifies and locates missing information.
Manages discovery and evidence in electronic and hard copy formats, prepares for the use of it in each stage of litigation.
Provides automated litigation assistance to attorneys as needed for appeals. Utilizes various software applications and graphics hardware such as scanners and plotters.
Provides technical support, such as enlarging charts and photographs, duplicating tapes and videos, and marking exhibits.
Maintains current and historical files and prepares any necessary correspondence.
Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress.
- You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
- Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory pre-employment adjudication. This includes fingerprint, credit and tax checks, and drug testing. Continued employment is subject to a favorable adjudication of a background investigation.
- You must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable.
- If selected, you may be required to complete a one year probationary period.
- Time-in-Grade: Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements within 30 days after the closing date of this announcement.
- You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days after the closing date of this announcement and before placement in the position.
QUALIFICATIONS: To be qualified for the GS-09 level, you must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level in the Federal Service; or a master's or equivalent graduate degree; OR 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or LL.B. or J.D., if related; or a combination of specialized experience and education.
Specialized Experience: Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized Experience is defined as conducting legal research to verify citation and statutory references and prepare legal documents; applying knowledge of the litigation process, court rules and procedures to determine action needed and forms to be completed, time limits and processing requirements; using information technology to develop, prepare and monitor reports and the status of projects and assignments; and communicating with management, office personnel, court staff, law enforcement and the public as a liaison for the division; using online databases to research information, legal research and case data; managing discovery and evidence in electronic and hard copy formats.
Education: a master's or equivalent graduate degree; OR 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or LL.B. or J.D, if related (e.g., Criminal Justice, Law). Education at the graduate level must be in an accredited college or university and must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the position.
Combining Education and Experience: a combination of specialized experience and education which when combined equal 100% of the requirements. Combinations of successfully completed graduate education and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements. In order to qualify based on a combination, graduate education must be in excess of 1 full year.
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)- The ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in the announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and receive a score of 85 or better on established ranking criteria. You must provide proof of eligibility to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Additional information about ICTAP eligibility is at: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)-The CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and receive a score of 85 or better on established ranking criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.
Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) -VEOA allows eligible veterans to apply and compete for positions announced under merit promotion procedures when the hiring agency is recruiting from outside its own workforce. To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, a veteran must be honorably separated and either a preference eligible or have substantially completed three (3) or more years of continuous active military service. If you are applying for a Merit Promotion announcement and wish to be considered under VEOA, you must submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214, in addition to any other required documents listed on this announcement.
Special Employment Consideration - Persons with disabilities, veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more, certain other veterans, spouses of certain members of the armed forces, and returning Peace Corps volunteers are examples of individuals who are potentially eligible for non-competitive appointments. For further information, click on the links provided below . You must specify in your online questionnaire under what authority you wish to be considered and submit appropriate documentation to verify your eligibility.
Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities Links:
All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see http://www.ed.gov
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to timely provide such evidence by submitting proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency with your application materials. More information may be found at http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
. All documentation must be in English or include an English translation.
- Address US Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia
601 D Street NW
Washington, DC 20002
- Name: Ann Lawrence
- Phone: (202) 252-6695
- Email: [email protected]