The Arizona Attorney General’s Office State Government Division/Natural Resources Section is seeking a Legal Assistant Project Specialist. This position may be eligible for Remote Work two days a week.
The Natural Resources Section is responsible for representing state agencies in advice and litigation matters, including complex water rights adjudications. The responsibility of this position is to support the lawyers that perform the Section's work. In particular the position provides substantial and critical support to the lawyers tasked with representing state agencies in the water rights adjudications. The quality assistance provided by a competent, highly trained legal assistant allows the lawyers in the Section to improve the quality and efficiency of their practice. This position reports to the Section Chief Counsel and water attorneys and is privy to attorney-client confidential and privileged information and attorney work product information protected from disclosure by professional ethical requirements and statutes. This position performs some of the most complex paralegal work by conducting legal research; drafting pleadings, disclosure statements, discovery responses and correspondence; gathering documents, organizing litigation files, and reporting on status of the various contested cases in the water rights adjudications, and other cases involving water rights. May also perform research for other section matters. Assists with pretrial preparation and at trial in complex and large-scale civil litigation cases. Will be responsible for maintaining regular attendance.
Knowledge of concepts, terminology, principles and procedures of American Law, including knowledge of ethical responsibilities and duties to clients, the courts and others flowing from those responsibilities.
Knowledge of the methods and techniques of legal research and the use of statutes, codes and other legal resources.
Knowledge of the methods, techniques, and principles for writing briefs, reports, and other legal documents in appropriate format.
Knowledge of the functions and jurisdictions of local, State and Federal courts and related criminal justice agencies.
Knowledge of discovery, how it works, and the time constraints involved.
Knowledge of good file management and effective trial preparation.
Skill in gathering information for discovery and disclosure.
Skill in writing complex legal documents/reports.
Skill in organizing complex litigation files.
Skill in extracting and utilizing information from statutes, court decisions, legal documents and related records.
Skill in interviewing and eliciting information in a legal investigation.
Skill in computerized litigation.
Ability to obtain and organize documents
Ability to review a file and understand the legal theories involved.
Ability to assist attorney(s) in trial preparation and at trials and hearings.
Ability to effectively use automated and manual sources for research.
Ability to use trial software for trial and hearing presentations.
Ability to work well independently and manage priorities.
Eight years full-time employment as a paralegal; OR a baccalaureate degree in the legal field and two years substantive work experience in the legal field; OR a baccalaureate degree in any area with three years substantive work experience in the legal field; OR a paralegal certificate from an ABA approved program; OR two years full-time employment with the State of Arizona's Office of the Attorney General as a Legal Assistant or AG Sr. Legal Assistant OR Juris Doctor AND experience assisting an attorney in trial.
• Travel is required for this position. A valid Arizona Driver’s License is required, along with consent to have your driving record run periodically.
• All applicants under serious consideration for hire with the Attorney General's Office are required to be fingerprinted by the Office and complete a criminal background check through State and Federal agencies. A job offer cannot be tendered until the candidate has successfully passed the initial background check. Your record does not automatically constitute a bar to employment. Factors such as, but not limited to, age at time of offense and age of offense, as well as the relationship between the offense and the job for which you apply will be taken into account.
The Attorney General's Office offers a comprehensive benefits package to include:
Vacation with 10 paid holidays per year
Health and dental insurance
Life insurance and long-term disability insurance
Optional employee benefits include short-term disability insurance, deferred compensation plans, and supplemental life insurance
For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page
• Positions in this classification participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS).
• Please note, enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Human Resources at (602) 542-8056 or email us at email@example.com.
During all phases of the selection process, people with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation by contacting the AG’s Human Resources Office at (602) 542-8056 or via e-mail at HumanResources@azag.gov. The Arizona Office of the Attorney General does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, sexual orientation or age in its programs, activities or in its hiring and employment practices. The following division has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Operations Division, 2005 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004, Phone: (602) 542-8056, Fax: (602) 542-8000.
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State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.
The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.