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Legal Assistant Senior Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Performs complex legal assignments with a high degree of independence and under minimal supervision of an attorney requiring extensive paralegal experience, skill and knowledge.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is second in a series of two classifications and is distinguished from the Legal Assistant in that the Legal Assistant Senior performs varied and complex legal assignments requiring evaluation, originality and ingenuity with a higher level of independence. The Legal Assistant Senior may assign, supervise and review the work of the Legal Assistant.

Examples of Duties:

  • Secures evidence and documentation relating to complex legal issues.
  • Researches State and federal laws (Westlaw, Arizona Revised Statues, U.S. Codes, policy manuals, Web Sites and other sources).
  • Conducts and analyzes results of legal research and applies to current cases and issues using traditional and computerized techniques.
  • Composes memoranda, correspondence, and drafts pleadings/responses dealing with legal subject matter requiring considerable discretion and judgment.
  • Interviews witnesses to obtain relevant information.
  • Reviews and analyzes records and information from multiple sources and determine relevancy to specific issues.
  • Manages production of information and documentation for outside counsel or for investigative and/or enforcement agencies.
  • Prepares synopses, abstracts or summaries of complex legal issues.
  • Develops internal procedures for managing recurring events and/or issues and train and assist support staff in their implementation.
  • Receives and provides information requiring considerable judgment regarding specific business of the department.
  • Prepares reports and analyses of internal case loads, results and timing.
  • Coordinates Universityís responses to subpoenas for records, including determining appropriate responding units and educating unit personnel in making proper responses to subpoenas for records.
  • Liaison with University departments, the Arizona Board of Regents, the Arizona Office of the Attorney General, outside counsel, adverse parties, and various governmental agencies.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of concepts, terminology, principles and procedures of American law as well as knowledge of functions and jurisdictions of local, state and federal courts and related agencies.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of methods and techniques of legal research and the use of statutes, codes and other legal resources as well as skill in extracting and utilizing information from statutes, court decision, legal documents, policies and related records.
  • Skill in writing complex legal documents/reports.
  • Skill in analytical and problem-solving techniques.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication and interpersonal relations.
  • Skill in work management and organization.
  • Skill in understanding the necessity and the ability to preserve and maintain confidential communications and legally privileged information.
  • Skill in the use of personal computer and office equipment.

Minimum Qualifications:

Associates degree or completion of accredited legal assistant education program certified by National Association of Legal Assistants AND six years of legal assistant experience; OR, Bachelorís degree AND four years of legal assistant experience; OR, Certification by the National Association of Legal Assistants AND four years of paralegal or legal secretarial experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.


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