Closing Date : 12/03/2020
Salary : $58,627 to $83,734
This administrative position is part of the chambers staff of Chief U.S. District Judge William P. Johnson. The Paralegal performs administrative and legal duties using the appropriate technological tools and incorporating proper legal terminology, procedures, and documents. The Paralegal also assists the judge in the daily activities of the office, performing administrative management, legal, and related paralegal duties as assigned by the judge.
Perform administrative tasks in connection with the judge’s duties as chief judge. Use technology to help the judge manage and prioritize email and other information related to being chief judge. Draft administrative orders, correspondence, reports and other documents. File orders, notices, and opinions in the court’s electronic filing system.
Assist the judge in court governance matters such as keeping track of court committees (membership and upcoming term expirations), arranging meetings and conference agendas, scheduling and maintaining agenda items for judges’ meetings, taking minutes, etc.
Assist the judge in processing Criminal Justice Act vouchers submitted for approval by defense lawyers representing indigent defendants. Office of the Clerk 333 Lomas Blvd. NW, Suite 270, Albuquerque, NM 87102 Telephone: 505-348-2000
Receive, screen, and refer questions in person, via telephone or by email. Respond to basic questions related to the status and scheduling of cases.
Arrange and manage the judge’s schedule, coordinating with the judge, legal parties, attorneys, the clerk’s office, and other judicial officers and court unit executives. Make travel arrangements and prepare vouchers for travel advances and payments.
Compile and arrange data and prepare required periodic reports to the Administrative Office of the United States Courts regarding court and non-court activities. Maintain financial disclosure information.
Review legal documents as assigned by the judge for completeness and accuracy. Conduct legal research using source material or the internet. Identify unique matters and undertake special handling requirements. Monitor deadlines, prioritize tasks, and determine need for action by the judge. Screen cases for potential conflict. Maintain recusal list. Track and monitor calendars, filings, hearings, etc. Review daily reports (electronic and paper) to identify new filings.
Coordinate with administrative personnel in other judicial chambers, the Clerk’s Office, Bankruptcy Court, U.S. Probation and the United States Marshals Service on matters relating to administrative responsibilities Judge Johnson has as Chief Judge.
Use advanced knowledge of technology to assist chambers staff in using automated systems and software meaningfully. Create and update templates and standard documents for correspondence; assist with templates for orders, motions, and related legal documents if required.
Other duties as assigned.
MINIMUM REQUIRED EXPERIENCE/QUALIFICATIONS
Requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, OR a paralegal certificate from an accredited paralegal program.
In addition, successful candidates must have a minimum of two (2) years of progressively responsible experience that is in or closely related to the work of the position. Excess experience above the two years may be used to qualify candidate at the JSP 11 and is preferred.
This position requires a high level of technological proficiency in the use of automated equipment and software including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook), database applications, case management systems, legal research tools, and various other applications that support the court. Requires skill in the use of communications equipment and applications (e.g., Zoom or other video conferencing platforms), or the ability master new technology as needed.