Job Title: Legal Assistant (Office Automation) Job Announcement Number: ENRD-14-052-MP
Department: Department Of Justice
Agency: Offices, Boards and Divisions
Hiring Organization: Environment and Natural Resources Division
This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.
The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
/ Per Year
Thursday, July 31, 2014 to
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
SERIES & GRADE:
Full Time -
Agency Employees Only
2 vacancies in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
WHO MAY APPLY:
Current ENRD employees with permanent status or reinstatement eligibility.
Public Trust - Background Investigation
The Environment and Natural Resources Division is a great place to work. ENRD has continued to rank among the top 15 federal sub-components for the past 5 years, and ranked #1 for 3 years in a row. Our office is conveniently located near the Navy Memorial/Archives Metro. A wide variety of shopping venues, the Verizon Center, museums, the National Mall, restaurants, and coffee shops are all within walking distance. We also offer access to an onsite fitness center.
This position is located in the Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD), Natural Resources Section (NRS), in Washington, DC. NRS handles a number of diverse issues ranging from litigation to protect our nation's resources and public lands against claims by private property owners for alleged "takings" and by Native Americans for alleged trust breaches. By virtue of our responsibility for all litigation under the National Environmental Policy Act, we defend the decision-making processes of almost every federal agency. Recent examples include litigation over agency decisions related to the gulf oil spill, renewable energy projects, and snowmobile use in national parks. Our attorneys practice in both Federal and State courts. NRS is the second largest section in the Division with approximately 80 attorneys who are assigned to one of five litigating teams.
To learn more about ENRD, visit us at http://www.justice.gov/enrd/About_ENRD.html
- You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
- You must complete a background investigation.
- Selective Service Registration is required, as applicable.
- You must maintain a bank account for direct deposit of salary.
DUTIES:Back to top
Provide assistance to Division attorneys by performing and coordinating a wide range of administrative and legal support tasks associated with ENRD litigation that include but are not limited to the following:
- Determine and maintain the status of court cases, close-out case files or systems of legal records, annotate indices and status records, compile workload and status reports, and locate and abstract data from files and records.
- Retrieve and assemble exhibits, affidavits, legal documents, briefing books, and other materials in preparation of cases for trials or other projects.
- Prepare court filings and tables of authorities, tables of contents, and indices.
- Establish, coordinate, and maintain litigation case files which include pleadings, discovery documents, and correspondence.
- Respond to inquiries and requests for information on cases from judges, court administrators, and the general public.
- Research pleadings, briefs, and other legal documents and locate legal documents including discovery information by searching interrogatories, depositions, government documents, and requests for production of documents.
- Review legal documents to ensure that case citations are in proper Blue Book format.
- Retrieve cases and other documents from the law library or from electronic systems (e.g., Lexis, Westlaw, and other computer databases).
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:Back to top
To qualify for GS-8, you must have one year of specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-7 Federal grade level or above. SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE must include: application of legal regulations and procedures to coordinate all aspects of court/trial proceedings including court filings; establish and maintain litigation case files which include pleadings and discovery documents; and perform legal research including verifying case citations and preparing tables of authorities, tables of contents, and indices.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skill and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
This position requires a qualified typist with a minimum typing speed of 40 words per minute. If you do not self certify on the occupational questionnaire that you have the required typing proficiency, you will be rated ineligible for this position.
Your application must demonstrate your ability to perform the following competencies:
Legal, Government and Jurisprudence
- Legal Research
- Legal Writing
- Database Management Systems
- Oral Communication
Time in Grade: Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements (one year at the next lower grade) for consideration. You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days after the closing date of this announcement.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the online assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.
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