The Arizona Attorney General’s Office Civil Litigation Division/Consumer Protection and Advocacy Section is seeking a Legal Assistant Project Specialist to provide support to the attorneys who handle complex cases under the Arizona Antitrust Act, the Arizona Consumer Fraud Act and other consumer protection laws.
This position will be responsible for the preparation and analysis of legal documents, research and litigation support. Monitors business practices and gathers information to be reviewed by attorneys to determine whether an investigation/civil action should be conducted.
This position also investigates facts; drafts pleadings (or portions thereof), discovery requests and responses, affidavits, and correspondence. Conducts legal research through the use of Westlaw, the internet and library materials, and prepares written memoranda. Handles and sorts documentary evidence; and prepares cases of a complex nature. Utilizes software and data management programs such as Concordance, Casemap and Trial Director. Gathers information to assist in investigations. Summarizes information obtained in examinations under oath, depositions and interrogatories. Interviews witnesses and complainants, taking statements or affidavits and gathers needed evidence to be used in investigating and prosecuting violators of the Arizona Antitrust Act and other consumer protection laws.
This position will handle calls to/from consumers or businesses as assigned by unit or section chiefs, including the Consumer Information and Complaints Senior Administrative Manager. This position requires excellent communication and customer service skills.
*Knowledge of legal research methods and resources, and the ability to conduct legal research using Westlaw and library materials.
*Knowledge of rules of citation, statutes, and court rules and practices.
*Knowledge of the jurisdictions and functions of local, state and federal courts and related government agencies.
*Knowledge of the Arizona Consumer Fraud Act and other consumer protection laws in order to spot potential legal violations.
*Knowledge of civil litigation procedures.
*Skilled in legal research and in the communication of facts and legal theories.
*Advanced and effective skills in both oral and written communications.
*Ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing.
*Ability to work with the public and to grasp points being made by others, whether by consumers, businesses, case attorneys, the judge's ruling, or opposing counsel’s argument, oral or written.
*Ability to recognize legal issues presented by specific factual situations, this includes the ability to extract information from legal documents and records.
*Ability to use computerized word processing programs.
*Ability to organize large numbers of documents for ready availability to the attorney and others.
*Ability to produce complete, accurate and factual legal research, and summaries of complaints and cases.
*Ability to prepare legal documents, memoranda and correspondence.
*Ability to understand complex legal issues and cases and to write about them clearly and accurately and in a manner that is easily understood by the public.
Four years full-time employment as a paralegal; or three years full-time employment with the State of Arizona as a Project Specialist; or any equivalent paralegal or legal education and/or experience.
• Travel may be 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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The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.