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Paralegal 2 with in-training, Torts Division, WA State Office of...

LocationSeattle, Washington
Employment TypeFull Time
Date Posted2022-11-21
Direct Apply
Valid Through2023-10-06

Job Description:

Persons requiring reasonable accommodation in the application process or requiring information in an alternative format may contact the recruitment team at HREmployment@atg.wa.gov. Those with a hearing impairment in need of accommodation are encouraged to contact the Washington Relay Service at 1-800-676-3777 or www.washingtonrelay.com. This position will remain open until a sufficient number of... qualified candidates have applied. First review of applications is expected to occur on 11/4/2022 and will be ongoing. It is in the applicants’ best interest to submit their application materials as early as possible. The hiring manager reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any time. This job posting may be closed at any time without notice. WASHINGTON STATE OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL Join an agency whose work impacts the lives of every resident of Washington State. The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) touches the lives of every resident in this state. We serve more than 230 state agencies, boards, commissions, colleges and universities, as well as the Legislature and the Governor. The Office is comprised of nearly 700 attorneys and 800 professional staff, all working together to deliver the highest quality professional legal services to Washington state officials, agencies, and entities. This includes: • Economic justice and consumer protections (safeguarding consumers, protecting youth, seniors, and other vulnerable populations) • Social justice and civil rights (addressing discrimination, environmental protection, and veteran and military resources) • Criminal justice and public safety (investigative and prosecutorial support, financial crimes) • And much more! Our agency also has national reach, representing the State of Washington before the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals and trial courts in all cases that involve the state’s interest. If you want to make a difference, we may be the perfect fit for you! Learn more about the AGO here. Commitment to Diversity Diversity is critical to the success of the mission of the AGO. This means recognizing, respecting, and appreciating all cultures and backgrounds-- and fostering 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. One recent measure of the AGO's commitment to diversity can be found in its nomination for Rainbow Alliance and Inclusion Network's "Outstanding Agency Award" in 2019. Our commitment to employee wellness is reflected in earning the 2021 Zo8 Washington Wellness Award. Position and Division Information The Attorney General’s Office is recruiting for a permanent full time Paralegal 2 in the Torts Division, located in downtown Seattle. This position is represented by the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE). Note: There is the possibility of an in-training from the Paralegal 1 level. Salary The salary listed above is for the Paralegal 2 level. Applicants qualifying at the Paralegal 1 level will start at a salary range 50 ($49,404 - $64,788 annually) and after successful completion of the in-training will move to the Paralegal 2 range. Paralegal 2 positions located in our Seattle Office receive an additional 5% King County Location Pay over their base pay. This recruitment announcement may be used to fill multiple open positions for the same classification, in addition to the position(s) listed in this announcement. The Torts Division is comprised of 43 attorneys and 88 professional staff in Olympia, Tacoma, Spokane, and Seattle. The division defends tort claims and lawsuits against all state agencies, officers and employees. The majority of 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. Tort attorneys also provide legal and risk management advice to the Department of Enterprise Services, Office of Risk Management and state agencies on tort matters. The primary legal service provided by the Torts Division is the resolution of damage claims against state agencies and employees. Many cases are resolved through successful pretrial motions, saving the state significant resources in research, discovery and investigations. The remaining cases are evaluated for settlement after pre-trial discovery. If possible, cases are settled through direct negotiation or mediated negotiation. Cases that cannot be settled, or those which are inappropriate for settlement due to lack of liability, are tried before juries. The Torts Division also handles all appeals resulting from those cases. What does a Paralegal 2 do? Paralegal 2s, under the supervision of an assistant attorney general, function at a high level of independence in performing complex substantive paralegal work which, absent the paralegal, would be performed by an assistant attorney general. This work includes legal research in selected areas, shepardizing cases, analyzing case fact situations for legal issues identification and development of legal strategy. In addition, may act as lead worker or coordinate projects involving other paralegals or clerical support staff. Typical duties may include, but are not limited to: • Utilize data bases for tracking documents, pleadings, depositions and other legal documents; this includes the ability to use or modify existing computer data bases or work with Information Systems staff to create new computer programs for setting up data bases for major cases; • Prepare and make recommendations to attorney for depositions, including research of witnesses, selecting and organizing exhibits and documents, and outlining questions; • Analyze case fact situations of significant complexity for legal issue identification and development of legal strategy; • Assist in trial preparation, settlement negotiations and at trial with management of witnesses, documents, exhibits, and courtroom aids; • Negotiate under attorney supervision, settlements of routine cases of differing or recurring legal concepts; and • Assist in training Paralegal 1s. Salary Information. In addition to the salary listed in this recruitment announcement, Paralegal 2 positions located in King County receive an additional 5% King County location pay stipend. This position is located in a high rise building in downtown Seattle. REQUIRED 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 in Washington State service. To qualify at the Paralegal 1 level: Option 1: Two years’ experience as a paralegal; Option 2: Graduation from an accredited two-year paralegal course; Option 3: Graduation from an accredited four-year college and completion of a nine-month paralegal program or one year paralegal experience. Option 4: Three years’ experience as a legal secretary/legal assistant and 30 quarter or equivalent semester hours in non-secretarial legal courses which are normally part of a paralegal course at a college or community college. • **************************** Per AGO Policy, employees and volunteers of the AGO must be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. Effective March 14, 2022, the AGO announced pursuant to its policy, that employees and volunteers must also receive a booster shot as a condition of employment. Employees or volunteers who are not eligible to receive the booster before their start date, due to required waiting times after receiving their initial vaccine(s), must provide confirmation of the vaccine type and date received so the AGO can calculate the date by which they must receive the booster. If you are selected to serve within the AGO as an employee or volunteer, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination and booster (if already received) before you are able to begin work. You may request an accommodation if you are unable to meet the requirement due to a medical or religious necessity. Applicants or candidates being considered for employment shall not share their vaccination status with hiring managers or interview panels. 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: • You may not reapply to this posting for 60 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. • A resume will not substitute for completing the "work experience" section of the application. • Please be sure to remove private information such as your Social Security number, date of birth, etc. • All information may be verified and documentation may be required. 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. 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. For assistance with the application process, please contact Judith Vandergeest or (360) 586-7691

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