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The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation's premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.
Our UW Attorney General's Office has an outstanding opportunity for a Paralegal 2.
The UWAGO is comprised of 20 attorneys and 12 support staff. The Division provides legal services to the UW. The UW is a large, complex client with campuses in Seattle, Bothell, and Tacoma with over 45,000 students, and over 30,000 faculty and staff, including three major medical centers.
The UWAGO furnishes legal advice and representation across a wide scope of specialized areas, 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. The Division's mission is to serve the UW by assuring that the UW receives legal advice and representation that meets the highest professional standards.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS Apply specialized knowledge of legal proceedings, issues and information resources to provide substantive support to employment/labor team attorneys. This includes providing a wide variety of legal support to attorneys and working both collaboratively and independently to assist in preparations for and monitoring of several different kinds of litigation matters. Proceedings and venues include arbitration proceedings as outlined in Collective Bargaining Agreements, Unfair Labor Practice Complaints and Representation Cases through Washington State Public Employment Relations Commission, non-union personnel complaints through Washington State Personnel Resources Board, faculty adjudications brought through the University of Washington Faculty Code, and administrative review procedures under the APA in Superior Court.
TYPICAL SUPPORT WORK FOR ATTORNEYS
Research (estimated workload: 10%)
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).
Litigation Support (estimated workload: 75%)
Gather client documents and identify potential witnesses and sources of information for litigation matters. Draft, distribute, track, and follow up on responses to requests for information. Create and manage a document log to track documents received and responses to requests for information. Organize, read and analyze incoming client documents to create case summaries, identify further potential sources of information, and assist in developing the University's strategy and argument in the matter.
Communicate with clients to gather their responses to formal discovery requests. Organize and track responsive documents, and work collaboratively with attorneys to review and produce discovery responses.
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.
Work independently and collaboratively with attorneys to analyze information gathered in order to identify and organize witnesses and exhibits for hearings. This may include developing illustrative exhibits and delegating work to the legal assistant on the team. Attend hearings as requested to assist with organization and distribution of exhibits, and taking notes.
Public Record Requests (estimated workload: 10%)
Assist the division's Public Records Coordinator in responding to AGO public records requests. This may include helping in the collection of potentially responsive documents, reviewing and redacting documents based on AGO guidelines, and final production to the AGO Public Records Office.
Administrative Tasks (estimated workload: 5%)
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.
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.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check
Application Process: The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Criminal Conviction History, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select Apply to this position. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your My Jobs page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergra...duate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.