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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 2162 - EO Paralegal

Job Description

GRADE: 110

Under general supervision; performs work of routine difficulty in providing sub professional legal assistance; performs related work as required.

Employees in this class perform responsible and varied paralegal work including the interviewing of applications, legal research, the drafting of complaints, the scheduling and conducting of hearings, and the preparation of legal documents such as writs of attachments, rules to show cause and warrants. The work of this class is designed to relieve the work load of licensed attorneys, and includes preliminary and final case preparation for complex cases requiring court appearances by an attorney. The work requires the exercise of good judgment and ability to make decisions in accordance with laws. The work is done under the general supervision of a division head. Supervision may be exercised on occasion over the work of subordinate personnel.

The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.

• Performs legal research assignments for attorneys
• Prepares legal memoranda briefs, answers, and/or replies for attorneys
• Prepares rough drafts of post-conviction, and other petitions, various motions, and orders
• Drafts responses to correspondence received from defendants
• Performs senior law student duties as authorized by Illinois Rule 711
• Files motions with Circuit Court Clerk's Office and delivers copies of motions to office
• Places matters on the Court's call
• Checks court files to obtain necessary documents and determines status of cases
• Maintains office library
• Interviews other involved parties such as other witnesses and police officers
• Holds conferences with possible complaint and possible defendant
• Makes referrals to other agencies
• Maintains regular attendance and punctuality

• Adjusts work assignment or schedule in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response and recovery activities as assigned.
• Depending on assignment, may require emergency management training, licensure or certifications.
• Performs related duties as required or assigned within job classification.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Knowledge of:
• The principles, methods and materials of legal research
• Court procedures and the rules of evidence
• Current office practices, procedures, and equipment
• County policies and procedures
• Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes
• Management and leadership principles

Skill in:
• Using computer hardware and software including work processing, spreadsheets, databases,
email, etc
• Applying an acquired knowledge of procedures, rules, regulations and services applicable to the assigned office
• Analyzing facts, evidence, and precedents
• Conducting legal research
• Preparing legal documents and records
• Interpreting laws and ordinances
• Planning, scheduling and supervising the work of others

Ability to:
• Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with department and division staff, other departments and others, such as vendors
• Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations and statutory requirements
• Convey excellent oral and written communication
• Work effectively under stress
• Maintain confidentiality
• Prioritize and assign work
• Provide leadership to effectively resolve issues

Exercises supervision of personnel in related area of responsibility

Completion of an accredited paralegal education program or enrollment in an approved School of Law; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Position is typically office or administrative work and is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.