The Senior Paralegal will assist the General Counsel, Legal Department attorneys, and as authorized, DART outside counsel in providing legal services to the DART Legal Department.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Supports the Public Information, Open Records, and Open Government function of the Agency and Legal Department by receiving, processing, and responding to open records requests.
- Assists in litigation by drafting legal documents for attorney review and approval; Calendars deadlines including discovery, hearings, and trial dates using the Legal department case management system; keep attorneys informed of case deadlines and hearing dates; assists with and helps oversee discovery production; assists in preparation of trial or hearing materials.
- Performs legal research and writing; files documents with courts or other governmental entities; locates and interviews witnesses as necessary; schedules depositions. Receives electronic filings, summarizes deposition testimony and monitors the case litigation process.
- Acts as a liaison between and a resource to various DART departments and external contacts regarding lawsuits, administrative hearings, and other litigation-related cases.
- Reviews calendars and monitors legal matter deadlines using the Legal department case management system; maintains case files, including but not limited to indexes and organization of case file materials; assists with and helps oversee document collection.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
MINIMUM KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
Note: An equivalent combination of related education and experience may be substituted for the below stated minimums excluding High School Diploma, GED, Licenses, or Certifications.
- Associate degree from an accredited college or university, including but not limited to Business Administration, Public Administration, Political Science, or Paralegal Certification from a paralegal studies program as approved by the General Counsel.
- Eight (8) or more years of progressively responsible paralegal experience emphasize two (2) or more law areas, preferably litigation and real estate.
- Type 30 wpm; Proficient in using PC and software applications, such as Excel, MS Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint.Knowledge of Texas Rules of Civil Procedure, Federal Rules of Civil Procedures, Texas State Court system, and administrative proceedings.
- Finds solutions to complex legal, professional, technical, and administrative problems using various informational sources exercising creativity and professional and technical principles.
- High level of proficiency in conducting electronic and manual legal research techniques (systems, materials, and equipment to be used) and performing complex professional, technical, and administrative work.
- Ability to be dedicated to meeting the expectations and requirements of internal and external clients. Gets first-hand client information and uses it for improvements in products and services. Acts with professional courtesy. Establishes and maintains effective relationships with others and gains their trust and respect. Ability to use his/her time effectively and efficiently. Values time. Concentrates his/her efforts on the more important priorities. Can attend to a broader range of activities.
- Ability to be action-oriented and full of energy for the things he/she sees as challenging. Not fearful of acting with a minimum of planning. Seizes more opportunities than others.
- Ability to use rigorous logic and methods to solve complex problems with practical solutions. Can see hidden problems. Is excellent at honest analysis. It looks beyond the obvious and does not stop at the first answers.
- Ability to write clearly and succinctly in a variety of communication settings and styles. Can get messages across that to have the desired effect. Excellent verbal communication skills. Has strong integrity and strictly safeguards confidential information. Ability to pick up on technical things quickly. Can learn new skills and knowledge. Is good at learning new industry, company, product, or technical expertise. Does well in technical courses and seminars.
Reports to General Counsel *
Works in an environment where there is minimum exposure to dust, noise, or temperature. May be moderately exposed to unpleasant working conditions to include dust, noise, temperature, weather, petroleum products, and chemicals while visiting DART's operating facilities, assuming incumbent is observing all policies and procedures, safety precautions and regulations, and using all protective clothing and devices provided.
Note: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. The statements are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All employees may perform other duties as assigned.
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