Paralegal

The Williamson County District Attorney’s Office is adding another member to its professional and experienced administrative support staff.  We are looking for the finest talent in the State to come work for us in the greatest County in Texas.  We are located in Central Texas and our major cities include Georgetown, Round Rock, Cedar Park, and Leander.  This position is for a Paralegal to support the Civil and Appellate Divisions. At this time we seek a candidate with particular experience in the areas of Civil Litigation and Public Information Requests.  The salary will be commensurate with experience. This posting will remain open until the position is filled.  If you are interested in applying for this position, please forward a cover letter with your resume to [email protected].

JOB SUMMARY:

Provides confidential, high-level support to the First Assistant, Civil Division, and Appellate Division of the District Attorney’s Office.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  • Communicate and correspond in a pleasant and professional manner.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Proficient with computers and Microsoft Windows and Word, Excel, Power Point software.
  • Proficient with standard office equipment including telephone, scanner, fax, and copier.
  • Receive and handle phone calls or communicate messages as required or requested.
  • Receive, review, distribute, and handle correspondence as required or requested.
  • Schedule appointments and meetings as required or requested.
  • Maintain calendars for civil and appellate case dockets, meetings, and appointments.
  • Draft legal documents for attorney review, revision, and approval.
  • Prepare and file case documents electronically with trial courts and courts of appeal.
  • Prepare and file paper documents with trial courts and courts of appeal.
  • Maintain electronic case file system with documents, correspondence, email, and notes.
  • Produce case file tracking reports.
  • Produce and maintain accurate and detailed records and reports subject to audit.
  • Assist attorneys in preparation for meetings and court appearances.
  • Prioritize work to meet required deadlines.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Dependable, responsible, and follows direction.
  • Work independently with initiative requiring little direct supervision.
  • Assist attorneys with time reporting.
  • Maintain strict confidentiality of information and documents.
  • Assist with special projects and other tasks as assigned.
  • Serves as backup administration for Office Coordinator.

ADDITIONAL DUTIES – APPELLATE DIVISION

  • Assist attorneys with responses to various types of post-conviction litigation, which may include the review of archived case files to search for and identify relevant information.
  • Facilitate post-conviction litigation process.
  • Assist attorneys with appropriate action in cases requiring DNA review.
  • Assist with appellate case transition to Odyssey.

ADDITIONAL DUTIES – CIVIL DIVISION

  • Responsible for asset forfeiture case intake and processes.
  • Responsible for bond forfeiture case intake and processes.
  • Facilitate case expunction processes.
  • Facilitate case nondisclosure processes.
  • Facilitate extradition processes.
  • Assist attorneys with response to public information requests including record review, redaction, copying, scanning, and production of responsive records.
  • Assist with implementation of office Record Retention Policy.
  • Facilitate office compliance with Record Retention Policy and reporting.
  • Assist with civil case transition to Odyssey.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree and three (3) years of experience in criminal justice, public administration or a related field; or an equivalent combination of education, experience and training.

PREFERRED REQUIREMENTS: 

  • Experience working in a District Attorney Office, County Government, and/or State Agency.
  • Specific related legal experience including: appellate, asset forfeiture, bond forfeiture, public information requests, government records.

IRREGULAR HOURS: 

  • Occasional work assignments outside of regular hours may be requested.
  • Non-essential personnel for emergency situations; unless otherwise designated by the Elected District Attorney.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

  • Sitting at a desk or other workstation.
  • Constant work at a computer.
  • Working with aged paper files in storage boxes.

ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS

  • Work is indoors in an air-conditioned, smoke-free office.
  • Tobacco-free workplace.

ORGANIZATION RELATIONSHIPS:

  • Reports directly to the Office Administrator, First Assistant District Attorney, Appellate Division Chief, and Civil Division Chief.
  • Direct reports – none.