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Litigation Paralegal

Date Posted:  Aug 3, 2022
Requisition ID:  359141
Location: 

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46204

 

Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.

 

At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population.  As a proud equal opportunity employer, reasonable accommodations may be available to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of a role.

 

About the Indiana Protection Advocacy Services Commission:


The Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services (IPAS) Commission is the governing authority of Indiana Disability Rights. The Commission is responsible for assuring adequate legal and advocacy services for the protection, promotion, and empowerment of the rights and interests of individuals with disabilities throughout Indiana.  The Commission provides direction and advice on Indiana Disability Rights' activities, goals, and policies.

 

Role Overview:

 

The Litigation Paralegal provides paralegal, office, and administrative support to attorneys for issues pertaining to Indiana Disability Rights.

 

A Day in the Life:

 

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Serve as the coordinator and facilitator for legal matters pertaining to IDR, ensuring smooth operations by serving as a contact in Central Office for the attorney, answering phones, scheduling attorney meetings and other logistical arrangements, and handling any litigation-related mail in Central Office.
  • Serve as a resource for legal/litigation issues and questions arising, and when necessary, directs legal issues to the appropriate resources within IDR.
  • Serve as a contact with outside counsel and clients as directed.
  • Responsible for creation and maintenance of files in case management system, including directing intake of new matters, opening files in case management system, tracking down additional information needed by attorneys to process requests for legal assistance, and maintenance of any paper working files as needed.
  • Complete legal research projects for attorneys as directed.
  • File in federal ECF system and state Odyssey system as directed.
  • Maintain litigation and case deadline calendars.
  • Responsible for paralegal functions including drafting, editing, and finalizing simple pleadings, correspondence, and other various legal documents requested by the attorneys.
  • Locate and gather information and documents responsive to discovery requests for review by attorneys, IDR, and outside counsel.
  • Assist attorneys in follow-up and tracking status of litigation, discovery, non-party requests for production and other matters, including assisting with gathering signatures and reviewing documents to be disclosed depending on responsiveness and confidentiality.
  • Assist attorneys in preparation for hearings or other administrative hearings, including gathering and organizing documents.
  • Assist attorneys with preparation and presentation of training to IDR Staff upon request.
  • File and document organization and retention in accordance with IDR policy.
  • Assisting with finance, travel, and supply requests for attorneys as directed.
  • Visit facilities or clients to monitor, interview, gather documents or other advocacy related needs as assigned.

 

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time.

What You'll Need for Success:

  • Adapts readily to new situations and changes in the workplace; works well under pressure; learns and functions well under widely different situations and circumstances.
  • Paralegal degree and 5-7 years’ experience (including but not limited to experience in preparing discovery responses, drafting pleadings, conducting legal research, etc.).
  • Demonstrates knowledge of internal and external customers; is sensitive to customer needs and expectations; anticipates needs and responds promptly and willingly to provide information, services and/or products as needed. 
  • Understands importance of achieving results; makes effort necessary to achieve goals/objectives; achieves results requested or agreed upon. 
  • Establishes effective working relationships with co-workers, supervisors & managers, clients and/or the public; gets along well with others.
  • Strong legal research and writing skills; possesses adequate knowledge skills and experience to perform the duties of the job; understands the purpose of the work unit and how position contributes to the overall mission of the agency; maintains competency in essential areas.
  • Proficiency with the civil discovery process, including knowledge of the various forms of discovery and objections.
  • Familiarity with the summary judgment process, including admissibility of evidence. 
  • Ability to comprehend, analyze, develop, and evaluate administrative procedures, while providing attention to details and meeting deadlines.
  • Establishes priorities and work sequences to coordinate efforts, maintain workflow and meet deadlines; ensures sufficient functioning through smooth interface with related processes.
  • Ability to plan and conduct work with minimal supervision and direction for routine and everyday tasks; judgment to identify when attorney or supervisor input is needed.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to details.
  • Recognizes and defines problems; thoroughly obtains and analyzes facts; takes immediate corrective action; uses resources and techniques to develop sound solutions while foreseeing possible consequences.
  • Ability to develop and implement new policies, provide deliverables, and meet established deadlines.
  • Ability to plan and conduct effective meetings, workshops, and training sessions.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and other basic computer skills.
  • Encourages and facilitates cooperation, pride, trust, and group identity; fosters commitment and team spirit; works cooperatively with others to achieve overall goals.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role does not provide direct supervision to direct reports.

 

Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

 

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes: 

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) as well as vision and dental plans
  • Wellness program (offers premium discount for the medical plan and gift cards)
  • Health savings account, which includes bi-weekly state contribution 
  • Flexible work scheduling options, including the potential for hybrid remote work for employees whose work may be performed outside state facilities 
  • Deferred compensation 457B account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match 
  • Two (2) fully funded pension plan options 
  • A robust, comprehensive program of leave policies covering a variety of employee needs, including but not limited to:
    • 150 hours of paid new parent leave 
    • Up to 15 hours of paid community service leave 
    • Combined 180 hours of paid vacation, personal, and sick leave time off 
    • 12 paid holidays, 14 on election years 
  • Education Reimbursement Program
  • Group life insurance 
  • Referral Bonus program 
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits 
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program 
  • Free Parking for most positions
  • Free LinkedIn Learning access

 

 

Salary Information:

 

This position traditionally starts at $40,000 per year and may be commensurate with education and/or experience.

 

 

Equal Employment Opportunity:

 

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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