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Washington State Paralegal 2 - Labor & Industries Division, Seattle in Seattle, Washington

Description

*Persons requiring reasonable accommodation in the application process or requiring information in an alternative format may contact Kalea Muigai at 360-586-7698. Those with a hearing impairment in need of accommodation are encouraged to contact the Washington Relay Service at 1-800-676-3777 or *www.washingtonrelay.com*. *

The Washington State Attorney General's Office (AGO) serves more than 230 state agencies, boards, commissions, colleges and universities, as well as the Legislature and the Governor. The mission of the Office is to deliver the highest quality professional legal services to officials, agencies, and citizens of the state of Washington. The Office is comprised of over 550 attorneys and 700 professional staff. Diversity is critical to the success of the mission of the AGO. It is the recognition, respect, and appreciation of all cultures and backgrounds and the fostering of the inclusion of differences between people. Appreciating, valuing and implementing principles of diversity permits AGO employees to achieve their fullest potential in an inclusive, respectful environment. The core values of the AGO are served by a strong commitment to the value of diversity and by promoting an inclusive workplace.

For more information about the AGO, we encourage you to review the Office's newest Annual Report which can be found HERE and view THIS VIDEO.

The Attorney General’s Office is recruiting for a permanent full time Paralegal 2 in the Labor & Industries Division. This position is located in Seattle. This position is represented by the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE).

*Positions in King County are eligible for 5% assignment pay in addition to the salary listed above.

The Labor and Industries Division is comprised of 51 attorneys and 55 professional staff in Seattle, Olympia and Tacoma. There is someone handling L&I litigation at every AGO location, but the Labor and Industries Division has primary responsibility for assigning cases and providing advice to the Department of Labor & Industries. The Labor and Industries Division represents and advises the Department of Labor & Industries regarding the state's industrial insurance program, workers' compensation benefits, questions about fair wages and prevailing wage requirements, workplace conditions, and safe work environments, contractor and building issues, crime victim claims, and other issues for workers and employers. The division handles a wide variety of cases from entry level to highly complex matters, and has a robust appellate litigation program. The work touches all businesses and workers in Washington, and is of central importance to the business economy of our state.

Attorneys defend L&I orders before the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals and state courts that are appealed by injured workers seeking benefits or additional benefits, or by employer’s appealing orders relating to work place health and safety. They also defend L&I orders that assert worker fraud, orders that are appealed by employers challenging the amount assessed for their workers' compensation premiums, or penalties assessed for violations of WISHA standards. Attorneys also represent L&I before the Office of Administrative Hearings and state courts on contractor and electrical citations, wage and hour citations, prevailing wage citations, employment standards matters, and WISHA discrimination cases, as well as provide client advice on these matters.

Duties

70% Litigation Support:

Provide paralegal support to attorneys within the divisional programs.

  • Independently compose formal discovery requests.
  • Review and prepare responses to formal discovery requests, including interrogatories, requests for production, and requests for admission, as well as CR 30(b)(6) deponents.
  • Review opposing parties' answers to discovery requests for completeness, evasiveness, and propriety of objections and follow-up on non-responsive answers and additional sources of information.
  • Identify, locate, collect, organize, analyze, assess and manage documentary, statistical, computer and demonstrative evidence, including records and other information obtained from public and private sources for use in civil litigation.
  • Investigate facts of cases; identify legal issues; develop rapport with, secure cooperation from, and interview potential witnesses, either in person or on the telephone to obtain information relating to the facts of cases.
  • Compose comprehensive interview memoranda/reports.
  • Interview client personnel to obtain facts and information for responses to formal discovery.
  • Independently compose affidavits and/or declarations as attachments to motions and briefs.
  • Independently create comprehensive, concise computerized reports outlining evidence to include the evaluation and analysis of the evidence for relevance, credibility, authenticity, and admissibility.
  • Identify possible witnesses and other possible sources of information and evidence.
  • Recommend and carry out further investigative activities.
  • Design and utilize computer databases for document management, document tracking, and case analysis.
  • Prepare case for hearing or trial, including exhibits, ER 904 Disclosures, witness notices and subpoenas, documentary evidence and demonstrative exhibits.

  • Attend and assist at hearing and trial at the discretion of the Assistant Attorney General.

  • Position may require travel to outlying counties within the State.

15% Mediation of appeals before the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals:

  • Under the supervision of an Assistant Attorney General, represent the Department of Labor & Industries at mediation conferences conducted by the Board.
  • Review appeal files prior to the first settlement conference.
  • Analyze complex legal and factual issues or obtain additional information.
  • Conduct investigation to gather relevant information and documents.
  • Contact other parties in an effort to resolve appeals.
  • Perform legal and medical research as is required by the facts of each appeal and ensure court rules are followed.
  • Correspond with others, including potential witnesses and opposing counsel.
  • Prepare proposals for settlement and evaluate proposals from other parties, consulting Department employees or senior attorneys.
  • Participate in negotiations, discuss and analyze settlement potential with client contacts, and obtain settlement authority to enter into agreements on behalf of the client agency.
  • Communicate with the Department by memoranda describing accomplished settlements.
  • For assigned cases that do not resolve in mediation, forward files for assignment to attorneys in a timely manner, with a completed review summary that identifies issues, relevant case-related information, potential witnesses, and a narrative as to negotiations in the course of mediation, using prescribed forms.
  • Position may require travel to outlying counties within the State.

10% Critical Events:

  • Function as a reader for the Critical Events Calendar. In that capacity the paralegal would review incoming documents to determine which reported events the office has identified as a critical event and calculate deadlines for those events. This may require knowledge or research on court rules, statutes, and administrative regulations. The reader will enter each such event on the Critical Events Calendar Sheet for entry into CMS/ Critical Events Calendar.

5% Other Duties:

As Assigned. Qualifications

Option 1: Graduation from an accredited two-year paralegal program plus two years' experience as a paralegal.

Option 2: Graduation from an accredited four-year college and completion of a nine-month paralegal program plus one year experience as a paralegal.

Option 3: Three years' experience as a paralegal.

Option 4: Two years as a Paralegal 1.

Supplemental Information

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

In addition to completing the online application, applicants must attach the following documents to their profile in order to be considered for this position:

  • A letter of interest, describing your specific qualifications for the position;
  • A current resume detailing experience and education.

READ THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION COMPLETELY:

  • Carefully review your application for accuracy, spelling and grammar before submitting.
  • You may not reapply to this posting for 30 days.
  • The initial screening of applications will be solely based on the contents and completeness of the "work experience" and "education" sections of your application in www.careers.wa.gov, completeness of the application material submitted, and responses to the supplemental questionnaire.
  • A resume will not substitute for completing the "work experience" section of the application.
  • All information may be verified and documentation may be required. This recruitment may be used to fill other positions of the same job classification across the agency. Once all the position(s) from the recruitment announcement are filled, the recruitment may only be used to fill additional open positions for the next sixty (60) days.

*Honoring diversity, equity and inclusion means that as an agency, and as individuals, we are committed to ensuring that all employees and volunteers enjoy a respectful, safe and supportive working environment. Only by fostering the inclusion of people from all backgrounds, cultures and attributes, can AGO employees and volunteers achieve their fullest potential and best advance the goals and mission of the AGO. *

*The AGO is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation/gender identity, age, *disability, honorably discharged veteran or military status, retaliation or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Persons requiring reasonable accommodation in the application process or requiring information in an alternative format may contact Kalea Muigai at 360-586-7698. Those with a hearing impairment in need of accommodation are encouraged to contact the Washington Relay Service at 1-800-676-3777 or www.washingtonrelay.com.

*For questions regarding this recruitment or assistance with the application process, please contact Letrice Tobin at (206) 587-5613 or Letrice.Tobin@atg.wa.gov. *

*If you are having technical difficulties creating, accessing or completing your application, please call NEOGOV at (360) 664-1960 or toll-free at (877) 664-1960 or *careershelp@des.wa.gov.

Salary: $52,776.00 - $69,264.00 Annually

Location: King County - Seattle - Downtown Business, WA

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Department: Attorney General's Office

Job Number: 2021-01358

Closing: 3/7/2021 11:59 PM Pacific

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504

Phone: View Posting for Agency Contact

Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov

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