- Assists attorneys in analyzing & identifying legal findings & independently writes legal memoranda to support findings, assists attorneys in defining & drafting potential issues in cases, locates & reviews cases & statutory laws & assists attorneys in making merit decisions regarding complex issues of law (i.e., makes evaluations regarding casework).
- Conducts legal research for assistant public defenders by utilizing such reference tools as case law reporters, law review articles, digests & other legal & non-legal reference & resource works; operates personal computer to conduct legal research using reference tools such as Westlaw, Westmate, Premise, Brief Bank, internet, Westcheck, Access, cd-rom & pc docs; shepardizes cases; reviews various legal documents (e.g., suppression motions; search & seizure; change of venue); provides assistance to assistant public defenders & assists in preparation of briefs & other pleadings for trial & appellate cases in all state & federal courts; prepares correspondence (e.g., to clients &/or court personnel).
- Conducts fact investigations by reviewing court transcripts, other legal documents & contacting witnesses; gathers case information (e.g., travels to appropriate county, prosecutors office, client, prison, supreme court law library &/or other law libraries; contacts attorneys, prosecutors, clerks , witnesses, court reporters, judges, client's families &/or prison personnel by telephone or through correspondence); prepares appropriate legal documents based on research.
- Compiles & produces appendix material for briefs according to various court rules; monitors cases; maintains files; makes photocopies; collates, binds & staples briefs; serves on committees & staff meetings; operates personal computer to edit, enter &/or verify data & to produce documents.
- Paralegal/legal assistant certification
- 2 years legal research and writing experience (or 2 years law school)
- Knowledge of legislative/administrative rule processes; legal research; legal terminology; legal issue recognition; case & statutory interpretation; legal analysis; law; state &/or federal laws & rules applicable to assigned department; court filing procedures; legal communication; rules of evidence.
- Skill in use of personal computer, typewriter, photocopier, video display terminal & other office equipment
- Ability to use proper research methods in gathering data; deal with many variables & determine recommended specific course of action; prepare legal/procedural materials & related information for review, approval & signature &/or use by licensed attorney; handle sensitive & routine inquiries from & contacts with public, legal personnel, business officials &/or clients.
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