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Government Job Vacancy For Paralegal At Yolo Country

Posted on: 25 Sep 2020 156 views
: Paralegal
: Yolo Country
: https://www.yolocounty.org/

Salary:                                         $50,423.98 - $61,290.32 Annually

Description

The County of Yolo is recruiting to establish an eligible list to fill current and/or future vacancies in the class of Paralegal at the District Attorney's Office.  Positions may be available in a variety of units such as Criminal, Environmental Protection and Consumer Fraud, Neighborhood Court Division Program, and/or Victim Services.  The following is a brief description of each unit:

Criminal:  The Criminal Unit ensures offenders are held accountable for committing crimes in Yolo County.

Environmental Protection and Consumer Fraud (CFEP):  The Environmental Protection and Consumer Fraud Unit ensures offenders are held accountable in both criminal and civil court for using unfair business practices to defraud consumers or for business practices that damage and endanger the natural resources in Yolo County.
Neighborhood Court (NHC):  Neighborhood Court is an adult criminal diversion program that uses the principles of restorative justice to resolve offenses outside of the traditional court room.

Victim Services:  The Victim Services Unit supports victims of crime by allowing their voices to be heard as well as leading them through the criminal justice process.

This recruitment is open continuously.  Submitted applications will be screened on a regular basis, and the applications of qualified individuals will be forwarded to the District Attorney's Office for further consideration when a position becomes available.  Interested applicants should submit an online County of Yolo Employment Application, responses to supplemental questions, a detailed resume, and verification of education.
For important and detailed information regarding the application and selection process for this recruitment, please see the APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS section of this job announcement below.

DEFINITION
Under the direction and supervision of a licensed attorney, the incumbent performs paralegal tasks and other legal services in one of the County's legal departments.                                          

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

This is a paraprofessional class that may be assigned to the County's legal departments including County Counsel, District Attorney, Public Defender, and Child Support Services. Incumbents in this class are responsible for performing legal research and other legal services requiring a paraprofessional understanding of the law and legal procedures in order to effectively support attorneys in their assigned department.  This class is distinguished from the Legal Secretary class series in that the Paralegal independently performs a variety of sophisticated tasks, relieving licensed attorneys from legal responsibilities which can be appropriately delegated to specially skilled, non-licensed personnel while the Legal Secretary performs a variety of secretarial duties in direct support of legal professional staff.

Essential Functions

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Gathers and analyzes research data, such as statutes, decisions, legal articles, codes, and documents.
  • Investigates facts and law of cases and searches pertinent sources, such as public records, to determine causes of action and prepare cases.
  • Prepares for proceedings and/or trial by gathering, maintaining, and arranging legal documents for attorney review, writing reports, and organizing exhibits; maintains litigation files and provides ongoing case and file management.
  • Assists attorney with pre-trial litigation, jury selection, and support during trial.
  • Meets with clients and other professionals to discuss details of legal cases.
  • Obtains and prepares affidavits and other formal statements that may be used as evidence in court.
  • Drafts and prepares complaints, answers, writs, notices, subpoenas, briefs, pleadings, appeals, and other legal correspondence/documents.
  • Files exhibits, briefs, appeals, pleadings, and other legal documents with the court, opposing counsel, or other agencies as appropriate.
  • Coordinates service of subpoenas; schedules witnesses to testify at hearings.
  • Assists with drafting agreements, ensuring consistency among documents and compliance with County policies and procedures.
  • Organizes and maintains documents in a paper or electronic filing system.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Employment Standards

Education/Certification: Any one of the following options is qualifying:
a)  A certificate of completion of a paralegal program approved by the American Bar Association.
b)  A certificate of completion of a paralegal program at, or a degree from, a postsecondary institution that requires the successful completion of a minimum of 24 semester, or equivalent, units in law-related courses and that has been accredited by a national or regional accrediting organization or approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education.
c)  A baccalaureate degree or an advanced degree in any subject, a minimum of one year of law-related experience under the supervision of an attorney who has been an active member of the State Bar of California for at least the preceding three years or who has practiced in the federal courts of this state for at least the preceding three years, and a written declaration from this attorney stating that the person is qualified to perform paralegal tasks.

Special Requirements: Incumbents in this class are required to fulfill the mandatory continuing education requirements as defined by the California Business and Professions Code, section 6450 (d).
License: Positions in this classification require incumbents to possess and maintain a valid California driver's license, class C or higher, to carry out job related duties. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to a physical or mental disability may request a reasonable accommodation.

Knowledge of: laws, legal codes, legal terminology, court system, and court procedures; executive orders, governmental process with regard to the judicial branch, administrative process, and agency rules; administrative, civil and/or criminal law as applicable to assignment; legal research techniques; correct English usage, grammar, punctuation, and spelling; office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and other specialized computer applications.

Ability to: understand, interpret, and apply laws and other regulations cited as part of legal periodicals, legal documents, or other correspondence; effectively utilize a variety of resources for the purpose of research and investigation; use logic and reasoning to conduct sound analysis and make effective recommendations for alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems; prepare clear, concise, accurate, and comprehensive reports, correspondence, and other legal documents; work accurately and effectively under pressure; manage competing priorities; communicate effective and tactfully both verbally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; work independently.

Application & Selection Process

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Application Process
It is highly recommended that you print this job bulletin for future reference.
Your application should highlight all relevant education, training, and experience, and clearly indicate how you meet the minimum qualifications for the position as of the closing date.  Application information must be current, concise, and related to the requirements in this job announcement.  A resume should be included with your application; however, it will not substitute for the information requested on the application.  In addition to a completed application and resume, applicants are required to submit a completed supplemental questionnaire, and verification of education/certification for this position.  Incomplete applications will be disqualified.  


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