Legal Assistant 3, Fish, Wildlife and Parks Division, Attorney Generals Office
State of Washington
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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.
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The Attorney General's Office is recruiting for a permanent full time Legal Assistant 3 in the Fish, Wildlife and Parks Division. This position is located in Olympia, WA at the Highway Licensing Building.
The Fish, Wildlife and Parks Division is a small and collegial team of top notch legal professionals. The Division provides advice and litigation services to the Department of Fish and Wildlife and Washington State Parks, in support of their stewardship of natural resources in the State and promotion of outdoor recreation and other activities. The Division works on a wide array of issues, including tribal rights, endangered species, fishing and hunting regulation, habitat protection, regulatory permitting, law enforcement, civil forfeiture, land use, real estate, public works and other contracts, administrative procedure, and public records. The Division also collaborates with local county prosecutors on fish and wildlife criminal matters. The Division litigates matters in state and federal courts and administrative forums.
In support of Assistant Attorneys General (AAGs), performs complex legal assistant duties at the senior level; trains and mentors other staff as needed; and serves as resource for staff regarding technical legal assignments.
This position will support up to 2 attorneys, as well as assist and provide backup to two other Legal Assistant 3s within the division with their workload. This position will also provide backup to the division's Critical Events Reader. Specific duties include, but are not limited to the following:
* Identifies and pursues next steps in litigation or adjudication process.
* Composes correspondence and memoranda for signature.
* Independently composes and prepares pleadings for trial or hearing per attorney direction; checks legal citations, references, and quotation information in briefs verifying their accuracy, consistency, and case relevance; examines supportive documents and applicable rules to assure that all necessary legal steps and points have been covered, and that all legal deadlines requirements are met; and ensures the proper and timely filing and service of legal pleadings in the appropriate courts/boards and on the various parties.
* Reviews legal assistant, office assistant and attorney work product for accuracy and compliance with court rules, grammar rules, rules of citation, and applicable policies and standards of the agency.
* Schedules meetings, depositions, and the like at attorney's request. Reviews incoming mail, calling attention to items needing immediate consideration and calendaring. Tracks all critical and non-critical dates, ensuring complete and updated information is entered into Law Manager accurately.
* Applies specialized knowledge of various court/board rules related to legal practice, division-specific subject matter and court filing procedures.
* Enters legal documents and case-specific correspondence into Case Management System; documents and calendars critical and non-critical events; independently tracks and updates status of attorney's cases by obtaining due dates from court documents or court rules; advises attorney of upcoming commitments, deadlines, and special items needing attention; and schedules and completes arrangements for witness appearances at trials and hearings.
* Prepares, assembles, organizes, and maintains litigation and advice files in physical and electronic formats. Closes files upon completion of litigation and advice matters.
* Prepare and obtain signatures on invoice vouchers for authorized expenditures in individual cases. Transmit vouchers to Fiscal for payment. Enter voucher data into Law Manager to track case specific costs. Respond to inquiries regarding payment.
* Arrange for attorney transportation and lodging.
* Serves as backup to the division Critical Events Reader, determining litigation deadlines according to court rules, and monitors the electronic ECF mailbox for filings and notifications. Sends out electronic critical events routing sheet to legal assistant and assigned attorney and monitors for timely circulation.
* Communicates with constituents, legal counsel, other legal professionals, clients, and witnesses in writing and by telephone.
Option 1: High School diploma or equivalent and four years of experience in a legal environment in support of an attorney, administrative law judge(s), review judge(s) or equivalent;
Option 2: One year as a Legal Assistant 2;
Option 3: A two-year degree in Legal Secretary Studies, Paralegal Studies or related field of study plus 2 years of legal office experience.
A Bachelor's degree may substitute for the Legal Secretary or Paralegal degree.
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, retaliation or 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-###-####. Those with a hearing impairment in need of accommodation are encouraged to contact the Washington Relay Service at 1-800-###-#### or www.washingtonrelay.com.
For questions regarding this recruitment or assistance with the application process, please contact Judith Vandergeest at (360) ###-#### or ...@atg.wa.gov.
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