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Washington State Paralegal 2 Project Position (limited duration) Torts Division, Attorney General's Office in Tumwater, Washington

Description

The AGO serves more than 230 state agencies, boards, commissions, colleges and universities, as well as the Legislature and the Governor. The mission of the Office is to deliver the highest quality professional legal services to officials, agencies, and citizens of the state of Washington. The Office is comprised of over 550 attorneys and 700 professional staff. Diversity is critical to the success of the mission of the AGO. It is the recognition, respect, and appreciation of all cultures and backgrounds and the fostering of the inclusion of differences between people. Appreciating, valuing and implementing principles of diversity permits AGO employees to achieve their fullest potential in an inclusive, respectful environment. The core values of the AGO are served by a strong commitment to the value of diversity and by promoting an inclusive workplace.

For more information about the AGO, we encourage you to review the Office's newest Annual Report which can be found HERE and view THIS VIDEO.

The Attorney General's Office is recruiting for a full time project Paralegal 2 in the Torts Division. This position is located in Tumwater, WA. This project position has been established in accordance with WAC 357-19-305 and is anticipated to run through June 30, 2021.

The Torts Division defends tort claims and lawsuits against all state agencies, officers and employees. The majority of the cases are based on actions brought under theories of liability for state actions such as highway design, release of inmates, injuries on state property, medical malpractice, employment, child care and custody, auto accidents, maritime injuries, false arrests and unreasonable force.

With such a diverse practice our professional staff are continuously engaged in challenging and interesting work. Opportunities to learn and achieve professional growth through experience, mentorship and training are encouraged and supported.

The Torts Division strives to consistently exemplify AGO core values, i.e., to deliver high quality legal services; conduct ourselves with integrity, professionalism, civility, and transparency; and promote a collegial and diverse workplace that values, respects, and supports our employees.

Duties

This Paralegal 2 position will be part of a project team consisting of at least two attorneys, paralegal and a legal assistant. This position is responsible for providing paralegal support to this team in efforts of representing the client and defending lawsuits and claims arising out of litigation brought by resident of boys group homes and juvenile facilities.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Independently conduct comprehensive analysis of complex, technical, multi-issue tort cases with high dollar value and/or of a high profile nature brought against various state agencies in order to identify issues and suggest an appropriate legal defense.

  • Independently initiate and compose formal discovery requests directed to plaintiff(s) and other parties. Review and prepare responses to formal discovery requests.

  • Analyze facts of cases; identify legal issues; develop rapport with, secure cooperation from, and interview potential witnesses.

  • Independently create comprehensive, concise computerized reports outlining the evidence to include the evaluation and analysis of the evidence for relevance, credibility, authenticity, and admissibility.

  • Identify possible witnesses and other possible sources of information and evidence.

  • Prepare for and participate at mediation and trial. Recommend strategic options to trial team during case development and trial preparation, including analysis of legal issues, correlation of evidence, and presentation of case at trial.

Qualifications

Option 1: Graduation from an accredited two-year paralegal program plus two years' experience as a paralegal.

Option 2: Graduation from an accredited four-year college and completion of a nine-month paralegal program plus one year experience as a paralegal.

Option 3: Three years' experience as a paralegal.

Option 4: Two years as a Paralegal 1.

Supplemental Information

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

In addition to completing the online application, applicants must attach the following documents to their profile in order to be considered for this position:

  • A letter of interest, describing your specific qualifications for the position;
  • A current resume detailing experience and education.

READ THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION COMPLETELY:

  • Carefully review your application for accuracy, spelling and grammar before submitting.
  • You may not reapply to this posting for 30 days.
  • The initial screening of applications will be solely based on the contents and completeness of the "work experience" and "education" sections of your application in www.careers.wa.gov, completeness of the application material submitted, and responses to the supplemental questionnaire.
  • A resume will not substitute for completing the "work experience" section of the application.
  • All information may be verified and documentation may be required.

Honoring diversity, equity and inclusion means that as an agency, and as individuals, we are committed to ensuring that all employees and volunteers enjoy a respectful, safe and supportive working environment. Only by fostering the inclusion of people from all backgrounds, cultures and attributes, can_AGO employees and volunteers achieve their fullest potential and best advance the goals and mission of the AGO. _

The AGO is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation/gender identity, age,disability, honorably discharged veteran or military status, retaliationor the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Persons requiring reasonable accommodation in the application process or requiring information in an alternative format may contact Tracy Robinson at 360-586-7693. Those with a hearing impairment in need of accommodation are encouraged to contact the Washington Relay Service at 1-800-676-3777 orwww.washingtonrelay.com.

For questions regarding this recruitment or assistance with the application process, please contact Judith Vandergeest at (360) 586-7691 or Judith.Vandergeest@atg.wa.gov.

If you are having technical difficulties creating, accessing or completing your application, please call NEOGOV toll-free at (855) 524-5627 or support@neogov.com.

Salary: $51,240.00 - $67,248.00 Annually

Location: Thurston County – Tumwater, WA

Job Type: Project (limited duration)

Department: Attorney General's Office

Job Number: 2020-06129

Closing: 9/20/2020 11:59 PM Pacific

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504

Phone: View Posting for Agency Contact

Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov

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