- Louisville, KY, USA
- Full Time
SGI Global is seeking a Paralegal Specialist to support the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney's Office (USAO) - Western District of Kentucky. The position is located in Louisville, Kentucky. The Paralegal Specialist will support the USAO's criminal prosecution program, which covers a variety of cases in which the United States is the plaintiff. The incumbent will have the knowledge, skills and abilities to provide a wide variety of technical and administrative support services. The paralegal should be capable of completing tasks that involve investigative and litigative support functions, research and analysis and utilization of diverse databases. The paralegal shall be conversant on office automation software, including, Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint as well at litigation support software including but not limited to Concordance, Trial Director, Ipro Eclipse, CaseMap, etc. The paralegal shall also possess excellent organizational and communication skills.
- Utilizes a variety of automated legal research tools, such as LexisNexis and Westlaw, as well as public information databases, including Pacer, and other automated resources to research case- or program-specific legal matters, and to participate in assigned areas of criminal or civil proceedings, e.g. electronic discovery.
- Prepares and maintains a variety case-related documents, e.g. discovery letters, exhibit lists, witness information, etc.
- Provides a variety of legal assistance and technical work requiring a specialized knowledge of rules, processes, procedures, and practices to support legal activities in Federal Court.
- Receive, review and organize investigative material and documentary evidence received from investigative agencies. 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.
- Maintains regular contact with law enforcement agencies to ensure provision of complete and timely cooperation in all aspects of assigned cases.
- Provides case organization and management in anticipation of trial or court presentation by preparing and organizing exhibits containing a variety of visual material, e.g., statistical charts and photographs.
- 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.
- Prepares exhibits for trial which typically involves a wide range of visual materials including charts, diagrams, photographs and models. Depending on the nature and complexity of the case, personally prepares trial exhibits, or initiates preparation by other appropriate staff or contractors to ensure timely production prior to the trial date. Maintains accounting systems for materials to be used as exhibits in grand jury proceedings and trials, prepares lists and tables to correlate the exhibits with grand jury transcripts, and keeps a strict account of the exhibits used in such proceedings.
- Provides advice to attorney and other legal support staff on the most effective and efficient ways to prepare, present and maintain a variety of administrative legal documents, e.g., discovery letters, exhibit lists, jury instructions and subpoenas.
- Performs a variety of administrative duties in support of the assigned AUSAs, which typically involves automation support or other administrative tasks.
- Using one or more types of personal computer (PC) based software, develops methods for automating reports, statistical data, text and graphics.
- Using established databases, performs data searches, report design, and other data retrieval assignments.
- Serves as contact person for assigned cases and provides information and assistance concerning status or relevant procedural issues. Exercises discretion and judgment in determining what information may be provided and to whom.
- High school diploma or GED is required;
- 3 years Legal Experience is preferred but not required;
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Proficient in Microsoft Office software programs (i.e., Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook);
- Works and interacts professionally and effectively with all levels of staff;
- Meeting and dealing with people in a courteous and tactful manner;
- Organizational skills;
- Valid driver's license and dependable vehicle;
- Must be able to pass (obtain) a favorable security clearance.
SGI Global provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.