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Paralegal/Legal Assistant


Closes On: April 16, 2021 at 04:30 PM EST

Department: Administration
Job Status: Full-Time
Status: Accepting Applications
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Job Description

Under limited supervision, provides paralegal and administrative work in support of the County Attorney’s Office. Work involves providing paralegal support, litigation support, land use records, research, drafting legal documents, FOIA and the like. Work also involves coordinating administrative functions of the County Attorney’s Office, maintaining law library, maintaining and managing office budget, maintaining office calendar, maintaining office files/records, and providing customer service. Reports to the County Attorney. 


Job Responsibilities

  • Provides paralegal support for the County Attorney.
  • Performs legal research and factual research using law library and electronic data sources; conducts legal research to identify current law and changes in law, to locate case authorities or other law, to identify precedents, or to locate other information and provides findings orally or in writing to the County Attorney.
  • Organizes and Maintains Code Books, Law Library materials, Internet/CD-ROM research resources, and other data sources; prepares and distributes code amendments; maintains library of current research materials, legal resources, periodicals, state codes, legal books, legal forms, or other reference materials.
  • Research ownership of land for real estate transactions and conducts public records searches.
  • Drafts legal documents, including deeds, policies, ordinances, pleadings, contracts, correspondence, and other documentation; prepares deeds for transfer of property rights; prepares deeds and other closing documents for property acquisition.
  • Files pleadings, records deeds, easements, and other legal documents; performs notary public duties.
  • Prepares draft reports, ordinances, resolutions, and notices of public hearings for board meetings.
  • Coordinates administrative functions of the County Attorney’s Office; processes a variety of documentation associated with department operations within designated timeframes and per established procedures.

  • Prepares, maintains, and assists with management of office budget; receives, corrects, and generates draft budget documents.
  • Maintains office calendar and coordinates calendar activities; schedules meetings, appointments, travel arrangements, client or witness interviews, or other activities; updates calendars on a regular basis; notifies parties involved of any changes.
  • Performs customer service functions; provides assistance and information related to department services, county services, court issues, legal records, procedures, forms, fees, or other issues; responds to complaints and routine questions; research problems and initiates problem resolution.

  • Answers telephone calls and greets visitors; screens calls and ascertains nature of business; provides information and assistance; directs callers/visitors to appropriate personnel; records/relays messages; initiates and returns calls, as necessary.
  • Ensures adherence to established policies regarding provision of legal information/advice.

  • Receives various forms, reports, correspondence, budget documents, budget reports, draft legal documents, state/county codes, legal periodicals, office opinion file, legal research resources, title reports, plats, laws, policies, procedures, manuals, directories, reference materials, or other documentation; reviews, completes, processes, forwards or retains as appropriate.
  • Maintains file system of department files/records; prepares and sets up files; sorts/organizes documents to be filed; files documents in designated order; retrieves/replaces files; purges files and destroys/disposes of obsolete records as appropriate.

  • Communicates with supervisor, employees, other departments, county officials, board members, other County Attorney Offices, private attorneys, court officials, law enforcement officials, the public, outside agencies, and other individuals as needed to coordinate work activities, review status of work, exchange information, or resolve problems.
  • Maintains a comprehensive, current knowledge of applicable laws/regulations; maintains an awareness of new trends and advances in the profession; reads professional literature; maintains professional affiliations; attends workshops and training sessions as appropriate.
  • Performs general/clerical tasks, which may include typing documents, making copies, sending/receiving faxes, or processing incoming/outgoing mail.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Knowledge, Skill and Abilities

Thorough knowledge of the policies, procedures, and activities of the County and of County Attorney’s Office practices as they pertain to the performance of duties relating to the position of Paralegal. Has considerable knowledge of the principles, methods, and guidelines associated with paralegal work, including legal research, preparation of legal documents. Has comprehensive knowledge of the terminology, principles, and methods utilized within the department. Has considerable knowledge of the laws, ordinances, standards, and regulations pertaining to the essential duties and responsibilities of the position. Virginia state and local government knowledge and experience a plus.


Physical Requirements

Tasks require the ability to exert light physical effort in sedentary to light work, but which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of light weight up to 10 pounds. Tasks may involve extended periods of time at a keyboard or workstation.


Additional Information

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, certification as a paralegal or legal assistant; four (4) years previous experience and/or training that includes paralegal work in a Virginia local government legal office, legal assistant work, office management, and personal computer operations; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.