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41000742 Paralegal Specialist

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The Corrections Litigation Bureau, General Civil Litigation Division, of the Office of the Attorney General, is comprised of trial attorneys who represent the State of Florida and its employees in civil actions brought on behalf of or by inmates in Florida’s correctional institutions. Representation primarily involves defending lawsuits alleging civil rights violations, typically under the First, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution. The attorneys in this branch also defend the constitutionality of state statutes and handle extraordinary writ petitions. The practice encompasses the full range of a trial practice, from initial pleadings in federal and state courts through trial and appeals.

Performs legal research of complex issues, involving among other things, administrative law, constitutional law, tort claims, civil rights violations, evidentiary questions, and other statutory and common law cases of action; provides research of constitutions, statutes, administrative rules, and ordinances, including legislative history and judicial interpretation; under supervision by attorney-supervisor. 

Provide administrative support by scheduling typing of documents and correspondence, routing of documentation, review and indexing of documents and other evidence for trial, requests to other agencies and entities for supporting documentation and evidence material, preparation of statistical information, etc. 

Drafts pleadings, motions, legal instruments, and legal memoranda for attorneys. Prepares case summaries, deposition summaries, proposed orders, discovery and summons under the supervision of an attorney. Drafts settlement agreements, and releases. 

Assists in final trial preparation with attorney-supervisors, including file organization, exhibit and document review and organization, witness preparation, drafting of anticipated motions and responses, preparation of voir dire questions for jury panel and jury instructions and legal arguments. 

Arrange depositions, pre-trial conferences, hearing and trial dates, etc. as required. 

Maintains, organizes, and indexes research and investigative files and case files; maintains court calendars and litigation timetables, including a tickler system.

Maintain research and resource library in an easily accessible format, review incoming publications for keynote cases which may affect cases handled by the bureau and advise attorneys, maintain computerized statistical information as directed by supervisor. 

Complete special projects as directed by the attorneys which may involve extended hours and/or travel from the work site. 

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Preferred candidates must possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities: good writing and organizational skills; knowledge of correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar usage; good reading comprehension; ability to communicate effectively; ability to follow written and verbal instructions; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; ability to work well within a team atmosphere; ability to work independently and to multitask and receive direction and meet deadlines on a daily basis; ability to research case law; draft basic pleadings; knowledge of legal processes. Good computer skills essential; computer literacy required. Starting salary commensurate with legal training and experience.