Goverment Jobs
Published
February 27, 2019
Location
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Category
Job Type

Description

Objectives Summary

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Providing various support activities to attorneys in a legal setting including but not limited to determining need-based eligibility for legal services in accordance with laws.
Essential Functions

  • Determine applicant eligibility for representation; act as liaison for attorneys to maintain communication between attorneys and clients, draft legal instruments, assists in document preparation, correspondence and some investigative tasks.
  • Spend significant portion of time assisting with legal research and other non-investigative support activities.
  • Perform investigations in difficult situations and identify and describe legal problem areas in consultation with a staff attorney.
Minimum Qualifications

High school diploma or GED and two (2) years of work experience drafting and preparing legal correspondence, conducting legal research and maintaining a case management/tracking system. Any combination of education from an accredited college or university in a related field and/or direct experience in this occupation totaling two (2) years may substitute for the required education and experience.
Employment Requirements

Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license.
Collective Bargaining: This position may be covered by a collective bargaining agreement and all terms/conditions of that agreement apply and must be adhered to.

Default FLSA: Non-exempt.

The Law Offices of the Public Defender is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, spousal affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, political affiliation or religion, mental or physical disability, or serious medical condition.

This job advertisement may be used to fill multiple vacancies.

The State's General Services Department Risk Management Division, Employee Benefits Bureau (EBB), is responsible for the procurement and oversight of employee benefits - including Medical, Pharmacy, Dental, Vision, Short & Long Term Disability, and Life Insurance. The State's Group Benefits Plan also offers COBRA, Flexible Spending Account Programs, and an Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
Erisa Administrative Services, Inc. (Erisa) is the State's Third Party Administrator. They provide benefits administration to all plan participants, and offer knowledgeable staff to answer your questions. To learn more about the benefits available please click here.

In addition to the benefits listed above, the Law Offices of The Public Defender offersa retirement plan and a medical program for retirees. For more information regarding theplan you can visit the following websites:

Public Employees Retirement Association of New Mexico Website
New Mexico Retiree Health Care Authority
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Please indicate the highest level of education you have completed. If you have responded that you have an education higher than a high school diploma or GED, you must attach a copy of your official/unofficial transcript(s) that clearly state the type of degree and date awarded/conferred, institution name, and applicant name and is in a format that cannot be modified (edited)

  • Doctorate
  • Master's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Associates Degree or Technical/Vocational Certificate
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Less than a High School Diploma or GED
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How many total years of experience do you have documented in the Work Experience section of your application related to this Job Classification?
PLEASE NOTE: If the years of experience that you indicate below cannot be found in the Work Experience section of this application, your application may not be eligible for further consideration. It is recommended that you attach documents that support your work experience at this time. If you are attempting to attach documents, but are unable to, you should email [email protected], with the documents and your contact information. Or if selected for an interview, you should bring the documents to your interview.]

  • 10 years of experience or more
  • 9 years of experience
  • 8 years of experience
  • 7 years of experience
  • 6 years of experience
  • 5 years of experience
  • 4 years of experience
  • 3 years of experience
  • 2 years of experience
  • 1 year of Experience
  • 6 Months
  • 3 Months
  • None
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Please choose the level that best describes your fluency of the Spanish language.

  • Advanced
  • Intermediate
  • Beginner
  • Not Familiar
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Legal
How many years of experience do you have researching and preparing for court hearings?

  • None
  • 6 months of experience
  • 1 year of experience
  • 2 years of experience
  • 3 years of experience
  • 4 years of experience
  • 5 years of experience
  • 6 years of experience
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  • 10 or more years of experience
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Business Operations
Do you have experience assisting disadvantaged populations such as people who suffer from mental illness; people who are homeless; people who are difficult and angry due to the legal situation they are in; and people in need of social service assistance?

  • Yes
  • No
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Legal
Do you have experience accessing and navigating all District, Metropolitan and Magistrate Court websites across the state?

  • Yes
  • No
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Legal
Do you have experience creating and maintaining court calendars for multiple attorneys which can change at a moment's notice?

  • Yes
  • No
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Legal
Do you have experience working in a law office as a paralegal or legal secretary?

  • Yes
  • No
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How many years of experience do you have working with criminal court proceedings?

  • Five (5) or more years of experience
  • Four (4) years of experience
  • Three (3) years of experience
  • Two (2) years of experience
  • One (1) year of experience
  • Zero to Six (0-6) months of experience
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Briefly describe when and how you obtained this experience. Please note if you answered "No" to the previous question, type "n/a" as your response to this question.

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    Do you have experience assisting applicants applying for need based services?

    • Yes
    • No
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    Briefly describe when and how you obtained this experience. Please note if you answered "No" to the previous question, type "n/a" as your response to this question.

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      I understand that my responses to the questions regarding years of experience and education will be confirmed. I have included my related work experience in the Work Experience Section of my application with a detailed description of my related duties. If I am attempting to attach documents, but unable to, I should email [email protected], with the documents and my contact information. Or if selected for an interview, I may bring the documents to my interview.

      • I Understand

      * Required Question