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The UW Division of the Attorney General’s Office has an outstanding opportunity for a Paralegal 2. Our team has the privilege to represent the best university in the world as it sets out on its mission every day to educate the next generation of leaders and innovators, and to lead medicine and research into a future that benefits all. In many ways, UW and its campuses are like small cities in themselves, and the AGO represents UW in a vast array of issues and fields. There is always something new to learn and to experience.
The Washington State Attorney General's Office (AGO) provides independent legal services to the State of Washington and protects the rights of its people. The AGO's employees are spread across approximately 30 divisions and units located in 12 cities across the state and provide legal services to more than 230 state agencies, boards and commissions, and colleges and universities as well as the Legislature and the Governor. The AGO values diversity and recognizes that a workforce composed of employees with different backgrounds and experiences creates an inclusive work environment, strengthens positive relationships with the local community, and brings new perspectives and approaches to fulfill its mission. For more information about the AGO, you can review the Office's Annual Report which can be found HERE.
The University of Washington Division of the AGO provides comprehensive legal services to the University of Washington (UW), which operates three campuses (Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell) as well as UW Medicine. The UW enrolls more than 60,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and employs over 55,000 faculty and staff. It is ranked among the best higher education research institutions in the country. The Division’s office is located in the University District in Seattle.
The Division is comprised of 19 Assistant Attorneys General (AAGs), who are organized into three teams (General Practice, Employment and Healthcare). The AAGs provide legal advice and representation across a wide variety of specialized areas related to the UW’s broad array of operations and activities, including healthcare, employment law, labor relations, student affairs, real estate, business law, intercollegiate athletics, public finance, bonds, intellectual property, tax, benefits, gifts and trusts, and constitutional law. Integral to the Division’s responsibility to provide the UW with legal advice and representation that meet the highest professional standards is an administrative team of 11 staff, who are employed by UW.
This position reports to the Paralegal 3. The primary purpose of this position is to apply specialized knowledge of legal proceedings, issues and information resources to provide substantive support to the UW Division of the Attorney General’s Office. This includes providing a wide variety of legal support to attorneys and working both collaboratively and independently to assist in the Division’s legal services. The work will include litigation support, including for labor matters, subpoena responses, public record reviews, global affairs support for UWorld, legal research, assignment to the Division’s General Practice Team leader and other assorted projects.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Gather client documents and identify potential witnesses and sources of information for litigation matters.
- Organize, read and analyze incoming client documents to create case summaries and assist in developing the University’s strategies and arguments.
- Investigate case facts, issues, background information and case status as requested by attorneys. This may include investigations of employees and University programs; research on applicable laws, policies, contracts and standards; interviewing potential witnesses; and utilizing databases to track case status, documents filed, next steps and hearing dates. Review, edit and file legal documents as part of general support for motions practice.
- Assist with client responses to subpoenas for records.
- Draft objections letters as needed and communicate with requesters to determine scope of requests and compliance dates. Contact record holders (e.g., department administrators, HR, staff) to collect documents, data, email and other potentially responsive records.
- Review documents for privileged and protected information to redact or withhold and finalize responses.
Public Record Requests
Assist in Division responses to AGO public record requests. Review documents for responsiveness and utilize AGO’s Everlaw program to identify protected or exempted information based on AGO exemption guidelines and otherwise finalize document sets for production to AGO Public Records Unit.
- Perform research as requested by attorneys using legal reference materials, University policy and procedure manuals, legislative and administrative codes and rules, and legal research tools such as Westlaw Next and PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records).
- Review and prioritize incoming mail for all assigned attorneys.
- Determine critical events for attorneys and input on office-wide calendar for reference and reminders. Screen phone calls, attend meetings, review policies, and perform miscellaneous legal or administrative work.
- Attend team meetings and assist with other duties as assigned.
Graduation from an accredited two-year paralegal program plus two years' experience as a paralegal.
Graduation from an accredited four-year college and completion of a nine-month paralegal program plus one year experience as a paralegal.
Three years' experience as a paralegal.
Two years as a Paralegal 1.
Prior experience working for a public governmental agency or higher education institution. High proficiency with computers and MS Word, Databases, Outlook, Excel, and Law Manager. Excellent communication and organizational skills. Detail oriented. Ability to keep calm under pressure.
This is a full-time position with office hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Additional hours may be required to perform the job functions. This position is occasional telecommute eligible.
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