City of Tucson

PARALEGAL (#0614)

$15.32-$25.50 Hourly / $31,865.60-$53,040.00 Yearly
Salary Grade: 916


General Description

Assists with case planning, development, and management, legal research, interviews clients, gather facts and retrieves information, drafts and analyzes legal documents and collects, compiles, and utilizes technical knowledge, to make recommendations to an attorney.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This position requires excellent communication, organizational, and prioritization. Comprehensive knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, ability to type 35+ wpm.

This position is the first level of the Paralegal series. 

Essential Functions

Performs paralegal work by following the direction of supervisor, locating and interviewing potential witnesses, identifying experts, obtaining physical evidence, preparing statements, scheduling depositions and independent medical examinations, tracking disclosures, composing correspondence, tracking deadlines and maintaining trial docket and calendars.

Conducts legal research and writing by determining legal issues, researching applicable law, drafting original legal pleadings, motions, statements, and ensuring content are current and within the laws.

Performs necessary investigatory work using available resources to locate a current address to aid in the successful service of long-form complaints.

Assists with trial preparations by coordinating facts, witnesses, and experts, scheduling court appearances, preparing subpoenas, organizing exhibits, drafting jury instructions, and requesting equipment needed for visual aids.

Performs clerical duties by creating, indexing, maintaining, and updating case files and computer databases, processing incoming mail, faxes, creating notebooks, transcribing dictation, and closing and archiving case files as required.  

 

Minimum Qualifications

An Associate degree in paralegal or legal assistant studies from an accredited college, or a Bachelor’s or higher degree in a related field such as law, business, legal secretary, criminal justice, or political science, from an accredited college or university AND two (2) years of relevant experience working in a legal setting, under the direction of an attorney, performing functions consistent with paralegal or legal assistant duties


 OR


A certificate of completion in paralegal or legal assistant studies from an American Bar Association-approved program at an accredited college or university AND two (2) years of relevant experience working in a legal setting, under the direction of an attorney, performing functions consistent with paralegal or legal assistant duties


Public Defender / Criminal Division

Any combination of training, education, and/or experience that is equivalent to four (4) years of relevant experience working in a legal setting, under the direction of an attorney, performing functions consistent with Paralegal or legal assistant duties.


Civil Division

Any combination of training, education, and/or experience that is equivalent to six (6) years of relevant experience working in a legal setting, under the direction of an attorney, performing functions consistent with Paralegal or legal assistant duties. 

 

Special Job Requirements

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements

None

Other Information

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Occupational Group Code: 05

Occupation Group Description: Legal and Judicial

EEO Job Category Code: E

EEO Job Category Description: Paraprofessionals

Organizational Level: First Level Employee

NCCI: 8820

Bargaining Unit: 

Driving Requirements

The following information pertains to driving requirements for this classification with the City of Tucson. Under "Driving Level" None, Secondary or Primary, refers to the driving responsibility as it relates to the essential functions of the classification. License Type, is just that, the type of Arizona Driving License required for the classification. If the position requires a Commercial Drivers License (CDL), the endorsements will be listed under "Endorsements." Under Safety Sensitive a "Yes" means employees with this classification are subject to pre-employment and random drug testing. License Type A,B,C,D,or M may require the use of personal or City vehicles on City business. Individuals must be physically capable of operating the vehicles safely, possess a valid license and have an acceptable driving record. Use of a personal vehicle for City business will be prohibited if the employee is not authorized to drive a City vehicle or if the employee does not have personal insurance coverage. Exceptions to classification driving requirement's may exist based on position. 

Driving Level: Secondary

License Type: Valid and Unrestricted Class D - Driver

CDL Endorsements: None

Safety Sensitive: No

Job Description Disclaimer

This description is not intended to limit or in any way modify the right of management to assign, direct and control the work of employees under supervision. The listing of duties and responsibilities shall not be held to exclude other duties not mentioned that are of similar kind or level of difficulty. They are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position.

CLASS: 0614; EST: 8/10/2016 12:00:00 PM; REV: 8/10/2016 12:00:00 PM;