Litigation Specialist IISt. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
This is an intermediate level full-time position of assisting attorneys during the litigation process by developing concise coordination of legal documents, such as pre-claim investigations, pleadings, interrogatories, and depositions which lawyers may require for closings, hearings, trials and meetings. An incumbent is required to work closely with attorneys to file court documents and organize briefs, exhibits and appendices. He/she produces litigation support documents, order transcripts from reporting services and complete documentation requests from outside counsel. It is differentiated from a Litigation Specialist I by the level of responsibility that is required for handling more complex cases within the agency. Helshe is required to employ advanced research techniques and guidance for complex cases.
DUTIES (NOT ALL INCLUSIVE)
- Handles litigated or complicated legal documents, including cases involving sensitive issues.
- Researches and process support for all legal projects. Analyzes and resolves coverage problems and issues.
- Composes legal letters; prepares required reports and oLher notices; responds to inquiries from the courts, clients, attorneys and the Department of Justice employees.
- Conducts in-house and external investigations by interviewing, recording statements, ordering police reports and securing reports.
- Attends necessary meetings, maintain contact with outside counsels, and/or have appearances on assigned cases as directed by the supervisor.
- Provides an update status on the cases to supervisor necessary to inform and stay abreast of significant developments in claims.
- Maintains compliance with policies, procedures and internal instructions.
- Performs other related duties as required.
FACTOR 1- KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED BY THE POSITION:
- Knowledge of local and federal laws, legal terms and codes that govern the US Virgin Islands.
- Knowledge of tort law, legal terms and current case laws.
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- Knowledge of litigation documents and the procedures in local and federal courts.
- Knowledge of interviewing and fact-finding techniques.
- Working knowledge of the rules of civil procedure, judicial council forms and other related procedures in the filing process.
- Skill in performing legal research.
- Skill in anticipating documentation, action or process steps at inception or conclusion of cases.
- Skill in maintaining a keen eye for detail.
- Ability to efficiently operate desk-top and/or lap-top computers and various computer programs with in depth IT knowledge.
- Ability to work independently, with limited direction on complex tasks.
- Ability to effectively interact with opposing counsels and clients.
- Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing with the use of legal terminology utilizing investigation techniques.
FACTOR 2- SUPERVISORY CONTROL
Litigation Specialists perform many of the same tasks as attorneys but, can only work under the supervision of an attorney. An incumbent takes some initiative in participating with all phases of the litigation process from the commencement of proceedings to the discovery period, through trial, post-trial, settlement and appeals.
FACTOR 3- GUIDELINES
Guidelines include manuals on legal procedures as outlined for the USVJ; the Virgin Islands Code; Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for the Agency.
FACTOR 4- COMPLEXITY
This position requires an incumbent w engage in advanced research and coordination of legal documents to produce pie-claim investigations, pleadings, interrogatories and depositions. An incumbent must maintain a filing system of all transcripts and supporting documents that were established throughout the litigation process. It is differentiated from a Litigation Specialist I by the level of responsibility that is required for handling more complex cases within the agency.
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FACTOR 5- SCOPE AND EFFECT
The purpose of this position is to provide advanced procedural assistance to attorneys during the litigation process to develop coordination of legal documents necessary for pie-claim, investigations, pleadings, interrogatories, and depositions.
FACTOR 6- PERSONAL CONTACTS
Contacts are outside counsel andlor customers
FACTOR 7- PURPOSE OF CONTACTS
The purpose of the contacts is to gather information, conduct investigations and secure required documents for the litigation process.
FACTORS- PHYSICAL DEMANDS
Work is basically sedentary with occasional walking, standing, bending and transferring items under twenty-five (25) pounds such as papers and files.
FACTOR 9- WORK ENVIRONMENT
The work is performed in an office setting; however, some travel may be required.
Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Paralegai Studies or a closely related field and four (4) years’ experience in a law office or an in-house legal department.
Two (2) years’ experience as a Litigation Specialist I
Necessary Special Qualification:
Possession of a Valid Driver’s License to operate a motor vehicle in the US Virgin Islands.