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County Attorney Legal Assistant: Family Justice Court

Company: Williamson County
Location: Georgetown
Posted on: June 3, 2021

Job Description:

JOB SUMMARY

The Family Justice Legal Assistant primary duties include preparation / processing of petitions, motions, orders and other legal documents related to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS) also known as Child Protective Services (CPS) within the Williamson County Attorney's Office and provides confidential high-level support to the TDFPS and Civil divisions of the County Attorney's Office.

EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED

  • Prepares petitions, motions, orders and other legal documents
  • Requests hearing dates, mediation dates and other settings
  • Prepares and sends out notice of Court hearing and arranges mediations
  • Researches case information
  • Files, makes copies and mails notices
  • Prepares subpoenas, bench warrants and legal documents
  • Arranges and coordinates witnesses and notarizes legal documents
  • Attends court to assist Assistant County Attorneys, as needed
  • Assists with the preparation of discovery, subpoenas, briefs and other time sensitive legal documents
  • Assists with records management and filing, including e-filing and use of the County's electronic case management system
  • Maintains calendar, case files and dockets
  • Assimilates legal discovery
  • Works closely with outside agencies including TDFPS, Respondents and their attorneys, CASA, The Office of the Attorney General, as well as inter-office departments such as the criminal divisions of the County and District Attorney's office, Clerks' offices, court staff and other office staff
  • Provides excellent customer service when greeting visitors, determines nature of business, provides general information, and directs guests to appropriate destination
  • Provides back up duties and responsibilities as needed for all other Legal Assistants in within the Civil Division
  • Serves as liaison between the County Attorney's Office and Elected Officials, department heads and representatives of other governmental entities, as well as members of the general public
  • Functions as a resource for outside agencies which have business with the Williamson County Attorney's Office
  • Exhibits and ensures outstanding customer service is provided at all times
  • Responds to incoming telephone calls, takes messages and routes to appropriate person
  • Maintains knowledge of the Texas Family Code and court procedural rules
  • Performs other duties and special projects as assigned

ORGANIZATION RELATIONSHIPS

  • Reports directly to - Family Justice Director
  • Direct Reports - No

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

  • Position involves prolonged sitting at a workstation, prolonged reading, visual examination of documents, reaching, walking, twisting, bending, repetitive motions and standing
  • Position involves occasional lifting and carrying of up to fifty (50) pounds and exertion of up to twenty-five (25) pounds of force to move objects

ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS

  • Work is primarily indoors in an air-conditioned environment
  • High-volume legal office with stressful situations

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • A high school diploma or equivalent and combination of education and experience equivalent to six (6) months of paralegal or related field.
  • Possess strong organizational skills and proven ability to maintain accurate and detailed records
  • Ability to work under pressure in a high-volume office, produce accurate work and meet established deadlines
  • Ability to exhibit a high level of confidentiality and integrity while handling sensitive matters
  • Demonstrate a high level of initiative and responsibility and work independently
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Ability to type and enter data with appropriate speed and efficiency
  • Possess or obtain a valid Texas driver's license by date of hire
  • Possess and maintain a satisfactory Motor Vehicle Record

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Associates degree in Legal Secretarial Science, Paralegal Studies, Criminal Justice, Public Administration, Business Administration or a directly related field
  • Two (2) years of advanced secretarial experience, including one (1) year as a Legal Assistant
  • Experience working in a large and fast paced legal environment with previous public sector employment
  • Bilingual: Spanish
  • Prior experience with legal document preparation

EMPLOYMENT TESTING

Employment is contingent on passing any post-offer pre-employment screening as listed below:

  • Criminal background check: Yes
  • Motor Vehicle Record check: Yes
  • Drug screening: No
  • Physical exam: No
  • Psychological exam: No
  • Additional: N/A

IRREGULAR HOURS

  • Work outside of regular office hours (Monday-Friday) may be required to meet deadlines and accuracy requirements

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION

TOBACCO FREE WORKPLACE POLICY

Williamson County is a tobacco free workplace. The use of tobacco and non-tobacco products such as vapor, e-cigarettes and the use of chewing tobacco or like products is prohibited on all Williamson County premises. Employees who violate this policy are subject to appropriate disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified in this position. This job description is subject to change as the needs and requirements of the job change.

Williamson County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). If you require an accommodation in order to apply for a position, please request assistance from the Human Resources Department.

Keywords: Williamson County, Georgetown , County Attorney Legal Assistant: Family Justice Court, Other , Georgetown, Texas

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