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Location : District of Columbia - Washington
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Paralegal/Research Assistant Duties: Support the firm s expanding international environmental and product stewardship practice. Works with attorneys, staff, clients, co-counsel and independent consultants to obtain documents and reference materials for client or practice group needs. Prepares written communications and reports in various formats (email, memoranda, PowerPoint, etc.). Organizes and maintains documents and other legal support materials. Conducts research, retrieves documents/information, provides updates related to environmental initiatives within U.S. federal agencies, the U.S. Congress and international organizations. Conducts research, retrieves documents/information, provides updates related to international environmental agreements, foreign environmental laws and selected industry issues. Utilizes Internet, databases, and other computerized litigation support to compile materials for the practice group. Monitors and reviews periodicals, newspapers, trade press articles, websites, Congressional Records, etc., for current developments in the environmental field. Drafts legislation tracking charts, correspondence, Freedom of Information Act requests and memoranda. Proofreads material for contextual, grammatical, typographical and spelling errors. Checks accuracy and validity of factual and legal citations in pleadings and legal memoranda using documents, library and on-line resources. Attends Congressional and Administrative hearings, relevant meetings and conferences as directed and report on the same. Assists with preparing PowerPoint presentations, including graphics. Utilizes spreadsheets to create budgeting and invoicing tracking charts. Attends meetings and webinars as requested by attorneys. Indexes or enters documents into document management system as directed. Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Highly proficient in office computer programs such as Windows, Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and document management system software programs. Advanced skill in PowerPoint and Excel is strongly preferred. Ability to conduct Internet search. Ability to prioritize, organize and complete multiple tasks under time constraints. Ability to concentrate and pay close attention to detail. Foreign language abilities (in addition to English) preferred. A demonstrated interest in international, legal and/or environmental issues who has strong research, writing, organizational and communications skills. Some related work experience is preferred.
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