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Legal Assistant/Paralegal I – Civil Unit, USAO, Wash D.C.

Job Description


Candidate will be responsible for completing Legal Assistant and Paralegal duties.  One hour each day, the candidate will be responsible for receptionist duties at the front booth.  The civil unit rotates each paralegal.

Paralegal responsibilities:

  • Handles multiple assignments with varying deadlines and conflicting priorities; plans and organizes work carefully to meet requirements for each stage of the assignment.
  • Ensures adherence to the Rules of the Supreme Court of the United States regarding timelines for filing petitions, briefs, and motions.
  • Analyzes factual and legal issues to determine the relevancy of information in briefs and other case documents and to identify facts requiring additional research.
  • Keeps abreast of case law and decisions on appeals to ensure legal research reflects current status.
  • Studies Court precedent to determine appropriate sources for research and to form recommendations.
  • Conducts complex legal research and analysis on precedents, legislative history, periodicals, technical data, and other information bearing on relevant and particular legal issues and analyzes the information to determine either what to include or what to recommend for inclusion in the Government's brief.
  • Locates, retrieves, and evaluates official, primary legal sources that are hard-to-find, obscure, problematic, antiquated, and archival. Primary legal sources are in the areas of foreign law, comparative law, international law, common law, and civil law. Builds and maintains internal and external partnerships with a variety of legal research professionals to obtain source material in a timely manner.
  • Uses hard copy federal and state statutes, hard copy federal and state reporter systems, Shepard's Citations, on-line legal research databases (e.g., Westlaw and Hein Online) and indices, and online court dockets (e.g., Pacer), congressional research reports, legislation, law journals, legal dictionaries and textbooks, and periodicals noting discussion on treaties, federal, state, local, foreign, and international statutes and legal authority, administrative precedents, legal opinion, and other source material to accomplish research.
  • Conducts legal citations research using hard-copy citators (e.g. Shepard's Citations) to determine whether cases cited have been reaffirmed, overturned, cited by later cases or questioned.
  • Updates legal authorities accordingly. Corrects erroneous or incomplete citations, references, assertions and quotations in briefs and other case documents.
  • Writes memorandum and reports outlining and analyzing the factual and legal issues involved, explaining the application of legal principles and precedents, and justifying recommendations or conclusions.
  • Prepares recommendations for attorneys based on case law and other sources referenced in the brief or other case documents. This includes reconciling conflicts or inconsistencies between legal research and the Government's approach or recommending alternative wording that more accurately supports the identified source(s) on which the Government is relying or correcting sources or citations.
  • Reviews or edits briefs, petitions and motions documents under tight deadlines.
  • Works closely with attorneys to: identify what assistance is needed on particular cases; provide timely, responsive assistance in identifying legal sources that support the Government's case; and answer legal questions.
  • Advises attorneys and other officials on the accuracy and relevancy of citations quotations, paraphrasing, parenthetical information, and other references; and propose reliable additions of relevant citations and other references for the improvement of the brief.
  • Ensures adherence to legal ethics in conducting work to include protecting confidential or classified material in accordance with OSG, information security and national security rules.

Legal Assistant responsibilities:

If selected for this position, you will join a well-respected team that is responsible for financial litigation support. Typical work assignments will include:

  • Reviews and analyzes claims for compliance with the Federal Debt Collection Procedures Act and for legal merit.
  • Provides the spectrum of technical processing activities associated with debt collection.
  • Produces a variety of written documents utilizing varied and advanced word processing software functions, working from handwritten draft, edited copy, or electronic files created by another staff member.
  • Recommends compromise settlements and write-off.
  • Makes recommendations on the appropriate legal action to take or, when appropriate, takes action on own initiative to liquidate civil and criminal judgments.
  • Prepares appropriate pleadings and orders needed to undertake the initiation of and follow up on post-judgment remedies.
  • Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress

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.

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