Paralegal I/Legal Assistant-Cyber Crimes-Newark, NJ
Compensation: $54,676.67 - $86,320.00 /year *
Employment Type: Full-Time
The Paralegal will be responsible for directly and independently supporting pending investigations and cases within the Cyber Crime Unit by performing a wide variety of administrative and case-support functions, including document management and review, searches within various data and document sets, analysis and summary of various data sets, case file organization and management. The position requires knowledge of office skills, personal computers, scanners, copy and fax machines, and the ability to work as a team member and to facilitate work processes among other staff members.
Communication skills are extremely important. The position requires working and interacting professionally and effectively with all levels of staff, including legal support staff, document management teams, and Assistant U.S. Attorneys (AUSAs). Ability to meet established deadlines and work as a team player in a professional office setting is also required. The position requires meeting and dealing with people in a courteous and tactful manner.
Applicants must have the ability to use MS Excel, MS Outlook, MS Word, MS Powerpoint, Adobe Acrobat Professional, and ideally have experience reviewing documents and working in Eclipse, Relativity, and/or Casemap. Applicants should also be familiar with methods of digital file storage and transfer. Experience viewing, accessing and searching open source materials and a working knowledge of current and developing social media tools and applications, internet technologies, anonymization tools, and hacking tactics is preferable.
Experience handling and processing digital hardware, such as cellphones or hard drives, to identify evidence of computer hacking and other computer related crimes is a plus. Prior experience, training, education, or knowledge in forensics, computer science, cryptocurrency and/or information technology, or even a working familiarity with and eagerness to learn about modern digital technology, is strongly preferred.
Alternatively, or in addition to the foregoing, prior experience, training, education, or knowledge with or in the areas of finance, economics and/or accounting will be highly useful. More specifically, experience in financial fraud investigations, cryptocurrency compliance and anti-money laundering may be beneficial.
Applicants who are fluent in Russian and who are capable of translating documents from Russian to English will be given special consideration.
The Paralegal may also be asked to perform duties or support other divisions of the USAO and the Department of Justice, based on the current staffing needs of the USAO.
1. Typical assignments include:
Examines, prepares, and processes a variety of technical legal and other documents. Reviews incoming material and organizes such materials according to custodian and category. Determines the need for organization, document management, assembly and preparation of documents and data sets.
Assists in the preparation of a variety of legal documents, e.g., indictments, complaints, affidavits, applications, notices, motions, orders, subpoenas, search warrants, briefs, and memoranda. In preparing legal documents, considers the nature and the status of the case. Completes variable aspects of recurring legal documents in conformance with the rules governing their style and format.
Obtains needed information from files, law enforcement agencies, or other sources.
Assists with interviews of agents and potential witnesses to assist the AUSA in preparation for charging or trial. Reviews, summarizes and outlines grand jury and/or trial testimony to assist the AUSA in preparation for charging or trial. Researches, analyzes and summarizes relevant legal precedents for applicability to assigned cases; and prepares digests of points of law involved; analyzes appellate records to isolate facts pertinent to distinct legal issues. Utilizes a variety of automated legal research tools as well as public information databases and other automated resources to research factual and/or legal matters related to cases or programs, and to participate in electronic discovery and other assigned areas of criminal proceedings.
Reviews documents and other materials produced pursuant to subpoena, maintains inventory of materials produced pursuant to subpoena; reviews and summarizes documents and data produced pursuant to subpoena; and prepares outline of substance of documents/materials produced pursuant to subpoena.
2. Provides a variety of support assistance services to AUSA staff. Typical assignments are:
Provides litigative case management and organizes cases for presentation either in court, or to attorneys by preparing and organizing exhibits containing a variety of visual material, e.g., statistical charts and photographs. Notes deficiencies in case materials, e.g., missing documents, conflicting statements, and request further investigation by investigative personnel to correct deficiencies, or personally conducts limited investigations at the pre-trial stage.
Monitors the progress of pending cases and initiates action to insure that legal pleadings, forms, reports, correspondence, and other documents are prepared and submitted within established deadlines. Keeps appropriate staff members informed about the current status of cases.
Compiles, organizes and indexes various discovery and evidence exhibits for trial, witness testimony as it relates to specific criminal charge evidence, and develops and compiles jury instructions to assist AUSA in preparing for trial. Works closely with assigned attorney(s) to insure material is efficiently arranged. Produces and provides to the attorney the appropriate legal documents, information, exhibits, or witnesses at the appropriate time during those court proceedings.
Performs docketing duties such as opening, updating and closing cases through use of the automated case tracking system. As necessary, searches database for required information. Using established databases, performs data searches, report design, and other data retrieval assignments. Reports may be of a recurring nature or of a special, one-time nature based on user information requirements.
Maintains calendar of assigned active cases. Tracks filing, hearing, and trial dates, and scheduling conferences and interviews. Develops and maintains suspense system for ongoing cases and informs the AUSA of pending dates and deadlines. Maintains calendar(s) of the AUSA(s), scheduling appointments, interviews, and conferences, and provides reminders of commitments and court appearances.
Arranges travel by preparing itinerary, and securing transportation and hotel reservations. Prepares travel authorizations and vouchers for signature by authorized government personnel.
3. Produces a variety of written documents and materials utilizing a wide range of office software applications. For example, assignments may include integrating output from different software types, e.g., tables produced by database applications and charts and graphs produced by electronic spreadsheet applications, into word processing or desk top publishing text. Products include complicated tables, graphs and charts which may be incorporated into legal documents or courtroom presentations. Ensures proper format, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and grammar.
4. Provides automated litigation assistance to attorney(s). Utilizes various software applications and graphics hardware such as scanners and plotters.
5. Communication skills are extremely important. Works and interacts professionally and effectively with all levels of staff. Ability to meet established deadlines and work as a team player in a professional office setting. Skill in meeting and dealing with people in a courteous and tactful manner.
+ Relevant experience with both pre-trial and trial litigation support is expected.
+ Experience working with such electronic databases as Concordance and Sanctions for the organization and presentation of evidence.
+ Requires paralegal certificate.
+ At least one year of litigation paralegal experience required; trial experience very helpful.
+ Automated litigation support experience very helpful.
+ Must have basic legal knowledge, including knowledge of standard legal citation system sufficient to perform basic legal research.
+ Requires excellent written and oral communication skills, thorough knowledge of legal research tools such as LEXIS and WestLaw.
+ Should have hands-on familiarity with a variety of computer applications, including word processing, database, spreadsheet, imaging, and telecommunications.
+ Ability to consistently deliver highest quality work under extreme pressure will be very important.
+ A DOJ MBI is required to begin employment. For this position, CACI has the ability to provide clearance sponsorship for qualified individuals.
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CACI employs a diverse range of talent to create an environment that fuels innovation and fosters continuous improvement and success. At CACI, you will have the opportunity to make an immediate impact by providing information solutions and services in support of national security missions and government transformation for Intelligence, Defense, and Federal Civilian customers. CACI is proud to provide dynamic careers for employees worldwide. CACI is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Females/Minorities/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.
* The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.
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