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Title:  Legal Assistant I

Application Deadline Date:  Do Not Apply Online see instructions below
Req ID:  40701
Department:  Defender General's Office
Location: 

Bennington, VT, US

Position Type:  Exempt
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $19.03

How to Apply

**Do Not Apply Online** Please email resume and cover letter to:  gina.puls@vermont.gov

The position will remain open until filled.                               

Overview

Serves as a legal assistant responsible for supporting attorneys by providing a wide variety of technical, administrative and secretarial assistance. The work requires some knowledge of legal practices and procedures and computer skills. Work is performed under the direction of an attorney or other supervisor, but some independent work will be required. This is the entry level legal assistant position in state government.

Description

Assists with the preparation of legal documents using information from files, client agencies, court records and other sources. Helps to prepare basic legal documents such as legal notices, subpoenas and discovery materials. May e-file legal documents with the Judiciary. May help attorneys prepare for trials, hearings and negotiations by preparing exhibits, scheduling witnesses, communicating with client agencies, reviewing jury pools, and preparing exhibit and witness lists. Establishes and maintains a variety of files and sub files such as litigation files including pleading, witness, exhibit, court order and other sub files. Uses document management and other systems. Performs docketing duties such as opening, updating and closing cases using case management systems. Tracks filing, hearing and trial dates and maintains systems and calendars to remind attorneys of appointments and legal deadlines. May schedule depositions, court reporters, and experts. Performs administrative and secretarial duties including correspondence, telephone duties, filing, copying and public records management.

Compensation

$19.03/hour   Pay Grade 18

Preferred Qualifications

Associates degree or two or more years of full-time college coursework (or the equivalent) AND two (2) years or more of experience performing legal administrative duties.
OR 
Bachelor’s degree AND one (1) year or more of experience performing legal administrative duties.
OR 
Paralegal certification AND two (2) years or more of experience performing legal administrative duties.
OR 
High school diploma or equivalent AND three (3) years or more of experience performing legal administrative duties.

Equal Opportunity Statement

The State of Vermont celebrates diversity, and is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect and meaningful inclusion that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The State does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, membership in an employee organization, family medical history or genetic information, or family or parental status. The State’s employment decisions are merit-based. Retaliatory adverse employment actions by the State are forbidden.


Nearest Major Market: Vermont