Opening Date: 08/16/2021
Closing Date: Open until filled
The Arizona Attorney General’s Office Criminal Division/Financial Remedies Section is seeking a Senior Paralegal. This position provides support to all of the FRS racketeering prosecutors with asset forfeiture. The Senior Paralegal is responsible for producing legal memoranda, including gathering documents; organizing litigation files; drafting correspondence, pleadings, motions, discovery responses and disclosure statements; conducting legal research; and assisting the attorneys in trial preparation and at trial.
• Draft, with a high degree of independence, significant civil RICO and forfeiture case pleadings and provide input to attorneys. Read and interpret state, federal and local codes, laws and regulations in order to prepare pleadings, legislation and reports or apply them in work assignments and activities. Research law in various books and in Westlaw to be informed of intent, wording, and/or meaning of case law.
• Manage the disclosure process in complex cases involving voluminous documents, including organizing the documents and Bates-stamping, creating the discovery index, conducting document review and preparation of discovery materials for trial cases. Prepare complex disclosure, summary reports, and exhibits under the supervision of the attorney.
• Gather/compile facts/data from manuals, statutes, rule books, codes, and regulations in order to make determinations and decisions regarding complex/sensitive issues. Resolve technical or work/case procedure problems and questions presented by subordinate-level workers of FRS.
• Write synopses, briefs, abstracts, or condensations of complex cases, activities, actions or operations, based on review of records, case management sheets. Prepare these for distribution to prosecutors/attorneys. Read and analyze recent court decisions affecting program requirements, policies, methods, standards, procedures, and goals. Prepare reports of case activities as required. Read and interpret state, federal, and local laws and rules & regulations to apply to reports or work assignments.
• Prepare documents in pursuit of post-judgment remedies, primarily relating to the collection of in personam/ in rem judgments resulting from FRS asset forfeiture prosecutions. Document distributions as necessary.
• Knowledge of techniques and principles used for writing briefs, reports, and other legal memoranda and reviewing, compiling, bates stamping and redacting voluminous documents.
• Knowledge of the Arizona Rules of Criminal and Civil Procedure.
• Knowledge of the principles of criminal and civil law.
• Knowledge of legal terminology, legal concepts and procedures of state and federal laws, of the functions and jurisdiction of local and state and federal courts.
• Knowledge of criminal trial preparation and procedures and interview techniques.
• Knowledge of producing documents, and in particular civil pleadings, in proper format.
• Knowledge and skill in the methods, techniques and principles of legal research (particularly the use of Westlaw) and writing and the interpretation of statutes, codes and other legal resources.
• Skill in writing legal memoranda and complex reports containing extensive data.
• Skilled in researching and extracting information from statutes, codes, legal documents and court decisions.
• Skill in administrative tasks, such as typing accuracy, speed, transfer of data from one document to the next.
• Skill in Word, Excel, Access databases.
• Skill in concise and effective oral and written communication.
• Skill in interpersonal relationships as applied to interaction with court personnel, agency personnel and government agencies.
• Skill in following/taking a variety of delegated directions/decisions under attorney supervision.
• Skill in researching and extracting information from statues, codes, legal documents and court decisions.
• The ability to effectively work with law enforcement agencies and respectfully treat personnel in and out of the Section.
• Ability to prioritize and schedule multiple complex tasks.
• Ability to work closely with law enforcement personnel as well as witnesses.
• Ability to plan large scale projects.
• Ability to use various types of equipment, computers and software.
• Ability to effectively communicate with law enforcement officers, defense attorneys, and witnesses.
• Ability to understand the attorney/client relationship and confidentiality of law enforcement investigations, including the need for discretion.
• Ability to coordinate activities with a variety of law enforcement agencies, governmental and non-governmental agencies.
• Ability to form and maintain cordial working relationships with all level of staff and supervisors/AGO leadership.
• Ability to interact with outside entities with diplomacy and tact.
• Ability to represent the Attorney General in cooperative efforts with outside law enforcement agencies throughout the State.
• Ability to be dependable, well organized and analytical.
• Ideal Candidates will have a Paralegal Certificate or degree in Paralegal Studies, in addition, civil litigation experience, is preferred.
• Travel may be required. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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