Legal Support Specialist #18-598
Company: Forfeiture Support Associates
Posted on: October 3, 2018
Published Job Title:
Legal Support Specialist
Focused on delivering unsurpassed services in support of law enforcement and homeland security, FSA, a rapidly growing joint venture owned by trusted solutions providers Engility and AECOM, has an immediate vacancy for multiple Legal Support Specialists in support of the U.S. Attorney's Office Southern District of TX. This position two or more Assistant U.S. Attorneys (AUSAs) with the Southern TX Border Fence initiative.
Typical assignments include:
- Examines, prepares and processes a variety of technical legal documents. Reviews incoming material and determines the need for assembly and preparation of a variety of legal documents, e.g., complaints, motions, orders, answers, pleadings, and subpoenas. Obtains needed information from files, law enforcement agencies, or other sources, and submits completed legal documents to the appropriate AUSA. In preparation of documents, considers the nature and the status of the case involved. With limited instructions from the AUSA, prepares such legal actions as indictments, criminal complaints, search warrants, judgments, applications, notices, affidavits, summonses, grand jury subpoenas, rules to show cause, proofs of claim, and satisfaction of judgment. Completes variable aspects of recurring legal documents in conformance with the rules governing their style and format.
- Conducts interviews of agents and potential witnesses to assist the AUSA in preparation for grand jury or trial; reviews, summarizes and outlines grand jury and or trial testimony to assist the AUSA in preparation for grand jury or trial; researches, analyzes and summarizes relevant legal precedents for applicability to assigned cases and prepares digest of points of law involved; analyzes appellate records to isolate facts pertinent to distinct legal issues. Utilizes a variety of automated legal research tools as well as public information databases and other automated resources to research case- or program-specific legal matters, and to participate in assigned areas of criminal or civil proceedings, e.g. electronic discovery.
- Reviews documents and other materials produced pursuant to subpoena; maintains inventory of materials produced pursuant to subpoena; and prepares outline of substance of documents/materials produced pursuant to grand jury subpoena.
A Legal Support Specialist provides a variety of support assistance services to AUSA staff. Typical assignments include:
- Provides litigative case management and organizes cases for court presentation by preparing and organizing exhibits containing a variety of visual material, e.g., statistical charts and photographs. Notes deficiencies in case materials, e.g., missing documents, conflicting statements, and request further investigation by investigative personnel to correct deficiencies, or personally conducts limited investigations at the pre-trial stage.
- Monitors the progress of pending cases and initiates action to insure that legal pleadings, forms, reports, correspondence, and other documents are prepared and submitted within established deadlines. Keeps appropriate staff members informed about the current status of cases.
- Compiles, organizes and indexes various discovery and evidence exhibits for trial, witness testimony as it relates to specific criminal charge evidence, and develops and compiles jury instructions to assist AUSA in preparing for trial. Works closely with assigned attorney(s) to insure material is efficiently arranged. Produces and provides to the attorney the appropriate legal documents information, exhibits, or witnesses at the appropriate time during those court proceedings.
- Performs docketing duties such as opening, updating and closing cases through use of the automated case tracking system. As necessary, searches database for required information.
- Maintains calendar of assigned active cases. Tracks filing, hearing, and trial dates, and scheduling conferences and interviews. Develops and maintains suspense system for ongoing cases and informs the AUSA of pending dates and deadlines. Maintains calendar(s) of the AUSA(s), scheduling appointments, interviews, and conferences, and provides reminders of commitments and court appearances.
- Arranges travel by preparing itinerary, and securing transportation and hotel reservations. Prepares travel authorizations and vouchers.
- Review title commitments for accuracy. Create a deed history summary.
- Contractor shall conduct witness interviews and prepare a record of the interviews for use at deposition. Contractor employees shall identify themselves as a contracted employee during phone and face-to-face interviews with landowners.
- Contractor shall prepare Amended Declarations of Taking (ADT) Reports, Joint Motions to Close, and Motions to Suppress; summarize depositions and other transcripts; maintain case files; and control exhibits and other materials at depositions and at trial for 102 cases.
- Document these complaints and the responses in a monthly report. Contractor employees shall identify themselves as a contracted employee during phone and face-to-face interviews with landowners.
- Produces a variety of written documents and materials utilizing a wide range of office software applications. For example, assignments may include integrating output from different software types, e.g., tables produced by database applications and charts and graphs produced by electronic spreadsheet applications, into word processing or desk top publishing text. Products include complicated tables, graphs and charts which may be incorporated into legal documents or courtroom presentations. Ensures proper format, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and grammar.
- Provides automated litigation assistance to attorney(s). Utilizes various software applications and graphics hardware such as scanners and plotters. Prepares documents, charts, and visual materials for use in trials. Provides technical support e.g., enlarging charts and photographs, duplicating tapes and videos, and marking exhibits.
- Using established databases, performs data searches, report design, and other data retrieval assignments. Reports may be of a recurring nature or of a special, one-time nature based on user information requirements.
A Legal Support Specialist must meet the following qualifications.
- High School Diploma or equivalent. Some college and/or certificate preferred. Experience may be substituted for education.
- Two years of experience in legal support.
- Ability to use, understand and maintain directories, personnel lists and other guides and references to provide a variety of information on the office and to refer questions to other offices.
- Skill in meeting and dealing with people in a courteous and tactful manner.
- Skill in operating a computer terminal, personal computer, various office machines (fax, scanner, copier, etc.). Proficient in Microsoft Office software programs (i.e., Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook).
- Ability to obtain and maintain a Public Trust security access.
This position requires U.S. Citizenship and a 7 (or 10) year minimum background investigation.
Forfeiture Support Associates (FSA) LLC is proud to be an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity Employer. We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote qualified persons in all job titles without regard to age, ancestry, color, gender, HIV status, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation (including gender expression and identity) veteran status, family leave status, and any protected group status as defined by applicable law.
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