WORKING TITLE: Legal Assistant III LISTING NUMBER: 10-002 OPENING DATE: 10/08/2009 STARTING SALARY: $46,000.00 annually CLOSING DATE: Until filled JOB TITLE: Legal Assistant III NUMBER OF OPENINGS: 1 TEMPORARY: No TRAVEL REQUIRED: No HOURS/WEEK: 40 hours CLASS/GROUP: 3576/B19 LOCATION: Texas Funeral Service Commission, 333 Guadalupe St., Suite 2-110, Austin, Texas 78701 GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Performs advanced (senior-level) legal assistant work. Work involves coordinating legal activities; researching, analyzing, investigating, and drafting legal documents; and assisting attorneys and agency staff with successful case or work management. May assign and/or supervise the work of others. Works under limited supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES/REQUIREMENTS: Coordinates the scheduling and drafting of interrogatories, requests for production, requests for admissions, and requests for information. Attendance is required at all informal conferences, proceedings before the State Office of Administrative Hearings, and all alternative dispute resolution and mediation hearings. Coordinates, assembles, and prepares evidence, exhibits, affidavits, and documents for use in legal proceedings. Prepares, reviews, and edits pleadings, motions, briefs, abstracts, petitions, summary judgments, and other legal documents. Prepares synopses, abstracts, or summaries of complex legal issues. Prepares the Executive Director and attorneys for meetings with complainants, witnesses, and expert witnesses. Drafts and responds to correspondence, open records requests, and opinion requests involving legal interpretations and decisions. Researches and prepares legislative histories. Researches and analyzes legal sources such as statutes, case law, administrative records, opinions, articles, treaties, land titles, and rules and regulations. Schedules and prioritizes attorney case loads; organizes case files; attends initial interviews and depositions; conducts investigations; and prepares chronologies, fact summaries, and witness files. Assists in drafting cost analyses and bill summaries for proposed legislation, and tracks and analyzes relevant legislation. Drafts and prepares rules for submission to the “Texas Register”. May assign and/or supervise the work of others. Performs related work as assigned.
GENERAL QUALIFICATION GUIDELINES: Note: Unless otherwise indicated, regular attendance is an essential job requirement of all positions at the Texas Funeral Service Commission. Experience and Education Experience in legal assistance work. Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in law or a related field is generally preferred. Experience and education may be substituted for one another. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Knowledge of legal terminology, research methods and techniques, administrative and court procedures, the legislative process, and public notice requirements. Skill in the use of office equipment. Ability to conduct research; to draft, prepare, and interpret legal documents; to evaluate and relate findings to cases in question; to conduct investigations; to communicate effectively; and to assign and/or supervise the work of others. Registration, Certification, or Licensure May require certification as a Legal Assistant.
HOW TO APPLY: Submit a completed State of Texas Application and a cover letter, which describes in detail how you meet the above Minimum Qualification Requirements. One (1) State of Texas Application must be submitted for each vacant position for which you are applying. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application, but may be submitted as an attachment.