Legal Assistant Job Purpose: Enhance attorney effectiveness by acting as the attorney's initial point of contact with potential clients, current clients, other legal professionals, courts, and the general public; maintain client contact and keeps clients informed of the status of their case; act as a gatekeeper between clients and attorney by handling low priority matters with clients allowing the attorney to focus on more pressing matters; meticulously maintain clients files by tracking case developments and evidence; prepare routine forms and written correspondence for both the client and the court; assist attorney with motions and efiling with courts; support attorney’s trial proceedings.
Legal Assistant Job Duties:
Keeps cases organized by establishing and organizing files; meticulously monitoring calendars; meeting deadlines; documenting actions; inputting information into file database and case management software; confirming case status with attorney.
Helps develop cases by maintaining contact with people involved in the case; scheduling or resetting court dates and hearings with appropriate court staff; preparing and forwarding summonses and subpoenas; preparing motions at the attorney's direction; drafting written correspondence to the court; preparing and filing discovery requests; generating status reports.
Keeps clients informed by maintaining contact; communicating case progress.
Maintains case costs by verifying outstanding balances with attorney and client.
Supports case preparation by preparing case summaries and materials for trial, hearings, and Administrative License Review Hearings.
Enhances trial proceedings by organizing evidence; preparing exhibits; scheduling witnesses; ensuring that witnesses are ready when needed; taking courtroom notes in certain circumstances.
Updates job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; reading professional publications.
Accomplishes organization goals by accepting ownership for accomplishing new and different requests; exploring opportunities to add value to job accomplishments.
Skills/Qualifications: Reporting Skills, Research Skills, Administration Skills, Client Relationships, Organization, Planning, Attention to Detail, Confidentiality, Dependability, Client Confidentiality, Loyalty
The applicant should view this is as a growth opportunity. Full-time opportunities with medical and dental covered by the employer may be earned with a substantial increase in pay.