PARALEGAL – LABOR EMPLOYMENT & CIVIL SERVICE

City of Houston
Published
July 21, 2021
Location
Houston, TX
Category
Job Type

Description

Applications accepted from:   ALL PERSONS INTERESTED
Job Classification:                    PARALEGAL
Department:                              LEGAL
Division:                                     LABOR EMPLOYMENT & CIVIL SERVICE
Reporting Location:                  900 BAGBY, 3rd FLOOR
Workdays & Hours:                   MONDAY – FRIDAY 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM*   *Subject to Change

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT:
The Office of the City Attorney for the City of Houston (the “OCA”) provides municipal legal services to the City, its elected and appointed officials, and its employees while adhering to the following guiding principles:

  • Quality & Service – Achieving high customer satisfaction as judged by our clients.
  • Partnership & Teamwork – Working cooperatively internally and with our clients to achieve the City’s goals.
  • Integrity & Candor – Placing honesty and ethical behavior first.
  • Dignity & Diversity – Promoting each person’s value.
  • Innovation & Imagination – Seeking novel and creative approaches to achieving the City’s objectives.

Composed of approximately 100 of Houston’s finest attorneys working in 10 legal practice sections, the OCA handles personal injury, commercial and civil rights litigation, major commercial and real estate transactions, and a diverse array of human resources, labor and employment matters, while also counseling the municipal corporation on economic development, constitutional, election matters, ethics and quality of life matters, and preparing City ordinances governing Houston and its citizens.

Every member of the OCA must be committed to “Service Through Law.”

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
The OCA seeks a paralegal with at least 2-5 years of experience in the area of administrative and litigation support to work independently on various paralegal assignments with the attorneys in the Labor, Employment and Civil Service Section.  Experience and knowledge of litigation is required; experience and knowledge in labor and employment and related litigation is preferred but not required.
 
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Creating and closing physical files and maintaining case files for the duration of the pending matter
  • Performing pretrial preparation such as trial notebooks, arranging exhibit preparation for trials and civil service matters, subpoenas, scheduling court reporters and videographers,  
  • Drafting documents such as pleadings, discovery, correspondence, ordinances, resolutions, and requests for city council action
  • Electronic filing of pleadings and court documents
  • Preparing discovery responses and gathering documents
  • Establishing a working relationship with various city departments
  • Summarizing records and reports such as depositions, medical records, internal documents, and incoming discovery
  • Assisting attorneys with depositions and court hearings, coordinating witnesses, and performing other general duties as assigned
  • Maintaining attorney calendars and schedules; working with court staff to obtain hearing dates and trial schedules
  • Performing legal research, coordinating and scheduling court appearances, trials, depositions and meetings
  • Drafting disciplinary letters and processing unemployment compensation benefit claims

WORKING CONDITIONS
This position is physically comfortable; the individual has discretion about walking, standing, etc. There are no major sources of discomfort in a normal office environment.

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