Paralegals perform substantive billable legal work under the direction of one or more attorneys in the office. A Paralegal’s primary goal is to support our legal team with legal research, drafting memos, pleadings, motions, and orders, and preparing for hearings and trials.
A Paralegal provides quality billable service to clients at a lower billable rate than an attorney, providing a benefit to the clients of the Firm.
Paralegals are prohibited by the ABA’s rules of Professional Conduct and State Bar Association rules from practicing law. All work done by Paralegals must be in support of and under the direct supervision of an attorney. In dealing with clients, Paralegals must be careful not to inadvertently slip into the unlawful practice of law. This would include answering client questions about what will happen in their case, or recommending that a client undertake a certain course of action during their case.
Education & Experience
The paralegal must have a minimum of one-year criminal law experience or the equivalent internship, volunteer, and/or educational experience and two years of equivalent paralegal experience or possess a Paralegal Certificate. The paralegal must be dependable, punctual, computer literate, a fast typist, and have a great attitude. The paralegal is proficient in various online case management systems, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel, Mac OS and LexisNexis and exhibits the highest level of dependability when it comes to tracking and meeting deadlines. The paralegal must have high energy and a thick skin.