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Title : Paralegal

Location : Illinois - Chicago
Refer to Job # MCBN732560

Paralegal The candidate assists attorneys in preparation for hearings and trials. Assists in preparing legal documents such as legal arguments, motions, contracts and agreements. Investigates and fact-finds for cases. Identifies relevant legal articles, laws and judicial decisions for cases. Cross-checks and validates information. Keeps cases organized by establishing ,organizing, tracking and maintaining files; monitoring calendars; meeting deadlines; documenting actions; inputting information into file database and case management software. Helps develop cases by maintaining contact with people involved in the case, scheduling depositions, assisting with discovery requests and responses, requests medical records, scheduling IMEs, preparing and filing pleadings. Enhances hearing preparations and proceedings by organizing evidence, preparing exhibits, scheduling witnesses, ensuring that witnesses are ready when needed. Transcribes dictation, completes daily mailings, maintains firm calendar and coordinates court appearances and out of town travel. Accomplishes organization goals, accepts new and different requests, and explores opportunities to add value to efficiency and effectiveness of job responsibilities. Monitors and reviews government regulations. Monitor billable hours and submit hours in Time Matters legal software. Other related duties as assigned. The candidate should have 1 -2 years of Legal Assistant or Paralegal experience supporting a legal office. Paralegal certificate required. Certification from the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) or the American Alliance Certified Paralegal (AACP) credential offered by the American Alliance of Paralegals, Inc. is highly preferred. Associates degree or Bachelor's degree preferred. Working knowledge of legal principles and practices. In depth knowledge of local, state and federal laws and regulations is essential. Thorough knowledge of legal research techniques and legal terminology is essential. Microsoft Word experience required; Excel and PowerPoint experience preferred. Time Matters legal software experience preferred. Must have outstanding organizational, interpersonal, research and administrative skills. Excellent telephone, writing, and proofreading skills is essential.

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