Legal Assistant Senior Duties and Responsibilities
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.
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
- Researches State and federal laws (Westlaw, Arizona Revised
Statues, U.S. Codes, policy manuals, Web Sites and other
- Conducts and analyzes results of legal research and applies
to current cases and issues using traditional and computerized
- 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
- Prepares synopses, abstracts or summaries of complex legal
- Develops internal procedures for managing recurring events
and/or issues and train and assist support staff in their
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Skill in work management and organization.
- Skill in understanding the necessity and the ability to
preserve and maintain confidential communications and legally
- Skill in the use of personal computer and office equipment.
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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