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CACI International Paralegal in Knoxville, Tennessee

Job Description

What You’ll Get to Do:

This position will provide a variety of direct legal support assistance services to serviced AUSA staff. Typical assignments include:

  • Examines, prepares, and processes a variety of technical legal documents which are characteristically voluminous and complex in format.

  • Reviews incoming material and independently determines the need for assembly and preparation of a variety of legal documents, e.g., complaints, motions, orders, answers, pleadings, and subpoenas.

  • Obtains needed information from files, law enforcement agencies, or other sources, and submits completed legal documents to the appropriate AUSA or, in limited cases, directly to the court.

  • In preparation of documents, considers the nature and the status of the case involved. With limited instructions from the AUSA, prepares such legal actions as indictments, criminal complaints, search warrants, judgments, applications, notices, affidavits, summonses, grand jury subpoenas, rules to show cause, proofs of claim, and satisfaction of judgment.

  • Completes variable aspects of recurring legal documents in conformance with the rules governing their style and format.

  • Provides assistance to attorneys in trial preparation by performing duties such as independently compiling trial notebooks, assembling jury instructions, and compiling witness and exhibit lists.

  • Coordinates with the victim/witness specialist to ensure adherence to current Departmental guidelines relating to victims’ rights and services responsibilities.

  • Notifies appropriate individuals of victim/witness issues.

  • Using original and online legal resources, verifies citations and statutory references contained in legal documents. Ensures citations are complete and consistent with source material.

  • Develops tables of contents and indices to briefs in accordance with established format. Lists cited cases, opinions and miscellaneous references in briefs.

  • Composes original letters that do not require legal interpretations, but do require a good working knowledge of legal procedures and specialized terminology, e.g., transmittal of pleadings, requests for extensions of time in certain cases, notifying of actions taken or developments in cases referred by other federal departments and agencies, and notices to attorneys representing defendants.

Legal Research - Performs research, evaluation, and analysis of a variety of routine legal topics and points of law. Using multiple online legal systems, researches references such as agency manuals, directives, issuances, court reports, appellate records or commercial legal publications to locate appropriate data such as applicable precedents, legislative history and commentaries which bear on particular legal issues. Independently analyzes both issues of fact and issues of law in order to prepare digests of case decisions and evaluate the applicability of precedents. Determines which statutes, regulations, cases, procedures and/or policies need to be researched and assembled, prepares initial summary and makes recommendations as to appropriateness of data. Organizes and prepares research material and determines information that is pertinent to the case. Research assists in the development of cases and is predicated on facts derived from a review of case information, requests from AUSAs and a review of documentary evidence or facts. Performs basic legal analysis of routine requests for information.

Legal Writing – At direction of assigned AUSA, drafts initial legal and administrative briefs, motions, oppositions to defense motions and correspondence for AUSA review. Prepares documents that summarize and explain case files, depositions, or interrogatories. Analyzes information, identifies missing information that requires additional research or investigation and identifies the appropriate reference source. Drafts legal documents that identify the legal or factual issues in the case, locate precedents and develop legally supportable conclusions. Uses considerable judgment in interpreting and adapting

guidelines to draft correspondence and legal documents that accurately summarize information. Reviews, proofreads and edits legal documents. Verifies citations and statutory references against original sources.

Provides a variety of direct clerical and administrative support assistance services to AUSA staff. Typical assignments include:

  • Receives visitors and telephone callers. Furnishes requested information concerning pending and closed matters and cases, functions and general procedures of the office. Determines which matters should be referred to the AUSA and the urgency of the matter.

  • Establishes and maintains a variety of files.

  • Searches legal reference files for information needed by AUSAs in conducting interviews and preparing correspondence.

  • Assembles exhibits, affidavits, and other legal documents from file material.

  • Separates, screens, selects, assembles, and organizes files and records material for disposition or transfer to records depository in accordance with established procedures.

  • 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.

More About the Role:

  • Enters information into various databases and monitors for continued necessity.

  • Reviews bills and invoices and submits to budget office for payment.

  • 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 traveler signature and Government approval.

  • Provides automated litigation assistance to attorneys in trial preparation and courtroom presentations.

  • Utilizes various software applications and graphics hardware such as scanners and plotters.

  • Prepares documents, charts, and visual materials for use in trials.

  • Provides technical support e.g., enlarging charts and photographs, duplicating tapes and videos, and marking exhibits. 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.

You’ll Bring These Qualifications:

  • Requires paralegal certificate.

  • An equivalent level of legal training may be substituted with the approval of the COR.

  • At least one year of litigation paralegal experience required; trial experience very helpful.

  • Must have basic legal knowledge, including knowledge of standard legal citation to cite check legal motions and memorandum and must have sufficient experience with legal research tools such as LEXIS and Westlaw to perform basic legal research.

  • Requires excellent written and oral communication skills, thorough knowledge and hands-on familiarity with a variety of computer applications, including word processing, databases (such as document review and file management systems), spreadsheets, imaging, and hardware systems.

  • Basic familiarity with Electronically Stored Information (ESI) tools and knowledge of e-discovery procedures and resources required.

  • Ability to consistently deliver highest quality work under extreme pressure will be very important.

What We Can Offer You:

  • We’ve been named a Best Place to Work by the Washington Post.

  • Our employees value the flexibility at CACI that allows them to balance quality work and their personal lives.

  • We offer competitive benefits and learning and development opportunities.

  • We are mission-oriented and ever vigilant in aligning our solutions with the nation’s highest priorities.

  • For over 55 years, the principles of CACI’s unique, character-based culture have been the driving force behind our success.

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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.