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(August 3, 2020) Legal Assistant (Los Angeles)

Our Los Angeles boutique business, employment and real estate litigation law firm is seeking a legal assistant with at least three years of experience handling litigation matters in California to join our team.

The ideal candidate would have the following skills and experience:

  • At least three years of experience as a legal assistant handling litigation matters in California. Prior experience must include preparing, formatting, and serving pleadings, motions, notices, discovery, and meet and confer correspondence and filing documents in state court. Qualified candidates will also be able to schedule hearings, depositions and other proceedings; manage the firm calendar; and handle similar administrative work.
  • Well-versed in Word, Excel, Adobe PDF, and Outlook
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Strong attention to detail, organizational abilities, writing abilities, communication skills
  • Great attitude and professional demeanor

This is an hourly position with competitive benefits, including medical insurance and paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays. Overtime is not expected, but may occasionally be required to handle business demands.

We have a collegial team atmosphere. The position is currently remote but could transition to working from our DTLA office when it re-opens.

*Please complete the skills tests with this application. Applicants who do not submit the skills test will not be considered for the position.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $17.00 – $25.00 per hour

Please click here to apply.

Applications accepted until September 1, 2020.

(July 23, 2020) Administrative Assistant - Procurement and Contracting (Los Angeles)

The Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Central District of California is accepting applications for a full-time administrative assistant focusing on procurement and contracting for our Los Angeles office. The administration unit supports over 200 employees across three (3) offices. The Federal Public Defender’s Office is committed to the pursuit of justice by aggressively advocating for the constitutional rights and inherent dignity of individuals who are accused or convicted of crimes or sentenced to death and cannot afford to pay for a lawyer.

Job Duties: This administrative assistant position will assist the Procurement Administrator with all duties, including working with experts and signing off on purchase orders. More specific duties may include: procure supplies, equipment, services, and furnishings from government and non-government sources through new contracts, competitive bids, or existing government contracts; identify and maintain lists of vendors and sources of supply for goods and services; evaluate and monitor contract performance to ensure compliance with contracted obligations; maintain procurement files; adhere to federal and local procurement procedures; and, perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements: All applicants must have graduated from an accredited school with a bachelor’s

degree in a related field and have a minimum of two years of specialized experience and knowledge of procurement procedures, guidelines, policies, and practices. Extensive relevant experience may substitute a bachelor’s degree. A high level of computer literacy is required. A background investigation is required as a condition of employment. Applicants must be United States citizens or permanent residents seeking citizenship as described here: https://www.uscourts.gov/careers/search-judiciary-jobs/citizenship-requirements-employment-judiciary.

Selection Criteria: Candidates must be detail-oriented and well organized; must have excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills; must possess strong organizational, planning, problem-solving, math, and analytical skills; have excellent customer service skills; can work independently and take initiative; is capable of analyzing and communicating complex information; has the drive to broaden the depths of their knowledge; must be able to organize work and set priorities to meet critical deadlines; and works well in teams.

Salary/Benefits: This is a full-time, at-will position. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience and is subject to direct deposit. Benefits include health and life insurance, retirement, and a Thrift Savings Plan. For more information on benefits, see

http://www.uscourts.gov/careers/benefits.

How to Apply: Apply by emailing a letter of interest, résumé, and three references in a single PDF document to Cuauhtemoc Ortega, Interim Federal Public Defender, at employment@fpdcdca.org with the subject line: ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT APPLICATION. We will accept applications until August 3, 2020. The Federal Public Defender’s Office may fill current and future positions from this vacancy announcement. Please, no phone calls.

The Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Central District of California is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, disability, or age, are encouraged to apply.

(July 23, 2020) Legal Assistant (Los Angeles/Santa Ana)

The Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Central District of California is accepting applications for a full-time legal assistant position stationed in Los Angeles or Santa Ana, California.  The Federal Public Defender’s office is committed to the pursuit of justice by aggressively advocating in federal court for the constitutional rights and inherent dignity of individuals who are charged with federal crimes and cannot afford their own lawyer.

Job Duties:  Legal assistants provide a full range of executive-level secretarial and clerical support services to attorneys on trial, appellate, and non-capital habeas cases. General areas of responsibility include filing of court documents electronically; preparing and editing draft pleadings, reports, and correspondence; maintaining attorney’s calendar; accurately maintaining up-to-date case files; composing correspondence; screening telephone calls; and processing mail, as needed.  The legal assistant will be assigned to three or four attorneys and will be required to assist with overflow coverage when needed.

Requirements: All applicants must have graduated from an accredited school with a bachelor’s degree and at least one-year specialized experience performing progressively responsible duties as a legal assistant.  Extensive relevant experience may substitute a bachelor’s degree.  The ideal candidate will have comprehensive knowledge of legal secretarial principles, practices, methods, and techniques; an understanding of district and circuit court rules, protocols, policies, and precedents; and knowledge of legal terminology and Blue Book citation format.  A high level of computer literacy is required, and applicants must be able to organize work and set priorities to meet critical deadlines.  The ability to speak, read, and write in Spanish is preferred, but not required.  A background investigation is required as a condition of employment.  Applicants must be United States citizens or permanent residents seeking citizenship as described here: https://www.uscourts.gov/careers/search-judiciary-jobs/citizenship-requirements-employment-judiciary.

Selection Criteria: Successful applicants demonstrate an interest in social justice, civil rights, or indigent defense; must have excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills; have strong organizational and analytical skills; be able to work independently and take initiative; and work well in teams.

Salary/Benefits: This is a full-time, at-will position.  Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience and is subject to direct deposit.  Benefits include health and life insurance, retirement, and a Thrift Savings Plan.  For more information on benefits, see http://www.uscourts.gov/careers/benefits.

How to Apply: Apply by emailing a letter of interest, résumé, and three references in a single PDF document to Cuauhtemoc Ortega, Interim Federal Public Defender, at employment@fpdcdca.org with the subject line: LEGAL ASSISTANT APPLICATION.  All application materials must be received by August 14, 2020.  The Federal Public Defender’s Office may fill current and future positions from this vacancy announcement.  Please, no phone calls.

The Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Central District of California is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All applicants, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, disability, or age, are encouraged to apply.