- State Services
- Position Number:
- Salary Range:
- $5,572.00 - $7,401.00 Monthly
- Apply By:
- Tuesday, February 21, 2023, 11:59 pm
- Work Unit:
- Public Officials
- Job Location:
- 1300 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203
- Release Date:
- Friday, February 3, 2023
- Employment Type:
- Position Type:
The State Services Section is seeking an experienced Legal Assistant II (Senior Paralegal) to join its dynamic and collaborative team! This position offers the opportunity to provide exceptional legal support to the Public Officials and Public Utilities Commission Units at the Department of Law. Both Units engage in a challenging and cutting edge area of law that frequently presents complex legal issues. If you are a determined and motivated individual that is seeking an opportunity for career development while serving the people of Colorado, this position is for you!
Sign-On bonuses will be paid based on the following timeline:
$500.00 – Time of hire
$500.00 – Time of certification (typically 12 months after hire)
WHAT YOU WILL DO
These work units within the State Services Section, the Public Officials Unit and Public Utilities Commission Unit, exist to provide legal services to the statewide elected officials (Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, and Treasurer), as well as the Judicial Department and several of its suboffices, the Department of Local Affairs, the Department of Military Affairs, the State Auditor, and the Public Utilities Commission. The Public Officials Unit often handles fast-paced litigation and appeals in complex civil cases that frequently involve legal questions of first impression and public policy matters of statewide or national importance. The PUC Unit handles all general counsel duties for the PUC as a whole. In addition, the Unit provides counsel to the PUC Commissioners and its advisors on all adjudicatory and administrative proceedings that come before the Commission. The Unit provides legal advice in highly complex energy law matters and represents the Commission in all outside litigation including appeals to state district court and Colorado Supreme Court, as well as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals and the Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
This position will provide specialized paralegal assistance to attorneys representing the two units’ clients. This position functions as a liaison between attorneys, client agencies, pro se and represented litigants, witnesses, other units of the Department of Law, the Office of Administrative Courts, and trial and appellate courts at the state and federal level. This position also supports the Section’s clients by providing back-up paralegal support to other paralegals in the Section. The position will also assist attorneys in organizing workloads and maintaining assignment matrices to keep the client apprised of assignments. The position also requires preparation of straightforward decisions on behalf of the PUC. The position functions as litigation support to attorneys during outside litigation and works with client staff during administrative litigation to ensure the orderly presentation of witness exhibits during remote hearings and the tracking of exhibits admitted and rejected to ensure an accurate and complete record. The position also supports attorneys by formatting, coding, and e-filing briefs as part of the Units’ litigation duties.
This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions at the DOL.
Salary note: Although a salary range is listed, salary will be set commensurate with the successful candidate’s qualifications and in compliance with the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act.
WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR
Minimum Qualifications: Please document all relevant experience in detail on your application. Experience will not be inferred or assumed. Any part-time experience listed will be prorated.
- Paralegal certificate obtained through either an American Bar Association (ABA) approved paralegal studies program or an accredited institution.
- One year of paralegal experience as the main function of your job. This experience must include supporting attorneys by conducting legal research, preparing drafts of legal documents and gather and compiling data from legal references and resources.
Note: Candidates possessing a foreign degree must submit a translation (evaluation) of their degree from an accredited institution, such as The National Association of Credential Evaluations Services in order to be given credit for the degree.
- Two years of work experience in a paralegal capacity which included conducting legal research, preparing drafts of legal documents and gather and compiling data from legal references and resources will substitute for the required certificate.
- A Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school may substitute for the required certificate.
Preferred Qualifications: In addition to the minimum qualifications, if you possess any of the following specifically include the details on your application, as this information will be used to assess your qualifications and may be used to determine a top group of applicants.
- Professional work experience as a litigation paralegal;
- Ability to quickly and efficiently learn new information and technology;
- Experience supporting various subject areas and working on diverse cases;
- Experience with Relativity or other document production platform;
- Experience with assisting attorneys with hearings in a virtual platform;
- Experience with ProLaw or similar case management system;
- Demonstrated ability to manage a high-volume of cases;
- Experience working on complex litigation cases and ability to work under pressure;
- Experience with WestLaw or similar legal research engine.
Conditions of Employment:
- The final candidates for employment must successfully pass a thorough criminal background investigation.
- Hybrid working arrangement for this position requires that the successful candidate works in the office a minimum of 3 days per week.
- This position will be required to travel occasionally throughout the State of Colorado for assigned cases. A valid Colorado’s drivers license is required.
To view the full job announcement and to apply, please visit the State of Colorado jobs page.