The Adult Representation Services (ARS) department is seeking a Paralegal to assist attorneys in a variety of civil proceedings such as respondents or persons subject to guardianship in guardianship and conservatorship cases, representation of individuals facing civil commitment, representation of parents in child protection cases, non-custodial parents in child support contempt proceedings, and tenants in evictions proceedings. The Adult Representation Services department provides high-quality, holistic representation to clients experiencing poverty in certain civil matters where appointment of counsel is necessary to protect a fundamental right or to further the county’s mission of reducing disparities and promoting the stability of residents.
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Location and hours: This position is hybrid and will be performed both on-site in downtown Minneapolis at the Human Services Building located at 525 Portland Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55415 and remote as job duties require. Work hours will be Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. While this position is designated as hybrid, based on current requirements hires must reside in Minnesota or Wisconsin.
New employees who are hired into remote or hybrid positions between January 2, 2022 to December 31, 2024, will receive $500 toward the cost of establishing consistent internet connectivity, payable upon completion of 6 months of employment.
About this position type:
This is a full-time, benefit earning position.
This position is internally classified as a Paralegal. Click here to view the job classification specification.
In this position, you will:
· Identify, collect, review, and evaluate information to assist attorneys in the determination of appropriateness of legal action, development of legal issues, and preparation of cases.
· Prepare, file and/or serve legal documents, including letters, motions, affidavits, court orders, subpoenas, stipulation and discovery requests, depositions, interview summaries, and trial notebooks; summarize, organize and assemble facts, records, pleadings, exhibits and other relevant documents for case preparation.
· Conduct research for attorneys on current cases and issues of concern; gather information from clients and witnesses through interviews and from documents.
· Monitor case files to ensure compliance with appropriate rules and procedures.
· Appear at trial or other court proceedings to assist attorney with referencing and accessing pertinent documents, taking notes of testimony, witness assistance, exhibit coordination.
Need to have: One of the following:
· Four years or more of experience performing legal work.
· Associate's degree in paralegal studies from an accredited community, business, or technical college with the legal assistant certificate and two or more years of experience performing legal work.
· Bachelor's degree or higher in paralegal studies from an accredited college or university.
· Bachelor's degree or higher in an area related to the position and a certificate from an accredited legal assistant certificate program.
Nice to have:
· Strong interpersonal and organizational skills, accuracy and attention to detail.
o Working with legal case management systems in a professional setting.
o Working in a public law office.
· Knowledge of:
o Outlook, Word, Excel, Power Point, Minnesota Court Information System (MNCIS) and Westlaw with the ability to conduct electronic research.
o Juvenile, civil, social service, and/or criminal justice systems; sources for relevant information; the role of lawyers and paralegals; legal protocol, vocabulary, document indexing, and filing methods.
· Ability to:
o Work under pressure during periods of high-volume activity.
o Provide prompt, polite, and respectful customer service to all persons requesting service.
o Communicate verbally and in writing in an organized, concise, accurate and on-point manner.
o Work independently with minimal supervision and the ability to work effectively in a team environment.
o Analyze facts and evidence; conduct timely and accurate research; analyze and prepare legal documents.
o Create and maintain filing and cross-indexing systems.
o Interview and comprehend key points; prepare and organize materials for use by others; manage time; communicate verbally and in writing.
· Skilled in:
o Use of legal computer systems/applications.
o Microsoft Access, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
o Preparing and organizing materials.
About the department: The Adult Representative Services department reports directly to the Law, Safety and Justice line of business in county administration. The division make-up of employees includes include a director, principal attorneys, senior attorneys, attorneys, paralegals, legal services specialists, case management assistants as well as office and administrative support staff. About Hennepin County: Hennepin is the largest county government organization in Minnesota. Our employees work every day to improve the health, safety and quality of life for our residents and communities. All of our jobs align to one or more of our overarching goals -- that Hennepin County residents are healthy, protected and safe, self-reliant, assured due process, and mobile. Our employees receive a combination of generous benefits and positive workplace culture not found at other organizations. This includes meaningful work that impacts our community, competitive pay, work-life balance, a variety of benefits and opportunities to grow. Learn more at The Bridge (login as Guest).
Hennepin County envisions an organization where our commitment to diversity and reduction of disparity is fundamental in providing excellent service to our community. Your future. Made here. This posting may be used to fill current and future vacancies. Invitations to interview will be based on an assessment of education and experience. A background check will be completed post-interview.If you have questions, please contact:Talent Acquisition Division Hennepin County Human Resources DepartmentHR.ServiceCenter@hennepin.us 612-348-7855