Oct 20, 2018
POSITION : Paralegal/Legal Assistant/Legal Secretary HOURS : Full-Time - 40 hours per week; regular hours are flexible (e.g., 8-5; 9-6), but candidate must be willing to work overtime on occasion as needed. SALARY : $25 per hour BENEFITS : None for first six months, negotiable thereafter (e.g., health stipend, vacation, etc.). ABOUT THE FIRM : Danielson Kim Law Group (www.DanielsonKim.com) is a dynamic and energetic two-attorney law firm situated just across the American River near Sacramento State University. We practice in debtor/creditor law (principally judgment enforcement), with additional practice in real estate, bankruptcy, and occasional business litigation. We are young lawyers who maintain a more relaxed office environment is typically found elsewhere, yet we are obsessive in our advocacy and maintain a strict focus on producing excellent results for our clients. The proper candidate possesses a strong work ethic and sharp critical thinking skills, is diligent and detail-oriented, works independently, takes initiative, is genuinely motivated to get the job done right, and both seeks and offers creative solutions. The candidate must be tech-savvy with a fast “learning curve” to get quickly up to speed with the software we utilize (see below). On a personal level, the ideal candidate is socially outgoing, self-aware, maintains a generally positive attitude, has a good sense of humor, and doesn’t mind dogs (there's a friendly black Labrador/Border Collie in the office regularly). This position comes with significant advancement opportunities (i.e., increased compensation over time, possible profit-sharing, and opportunities for professional advancement and training). REGULAR WORK TASKS INCLUDE : -Answering, routing, and returning telephone calls, taking messages, greeting walk-in clients. -Scheduling and coordination (often among 3 or more parties) of conference calls, meetings, depositions, etc. -Intake of potential clients, entering and organizing client/case information into firm databases, preparing fee agreements and general client communications. -Maintaining the firm’s master calendar (litigation events/deadlines and otherwise); accurate (i.e., zero-error-rate) litigation deadline calendaring, reminders for attorneys for task completion, upcoming hearing dates, planning and scheduling conferences, confirm client appointments, assisting attorneys with travel arrangements. -Copying, scanning and overall client file maintenance in physical and electronic format. -Processing documents for court filing (physical filing or e-filing) and service. -In-person recording of documents at the County Recorder's Office, "court-running" to file court documents or to inspect and/or copy court files, in-person retrieval of records from government agency offices. -Draft basic civil discovery and prepare Judicial Council forms across multiple areas of law. -Process incoming and outgoing mail (open, scan, file hard copy, properly name and file electronic document in appropriate digital folder). -Attend appropriate training sessions and staff meetings. -Keep diligent time logs of work completed (for billing purposes). -Miscellaneous administrative or office management tasking as needed. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS : -Minimum of 10 years' work experience as a legal assistant, secretary, or paralegal in (1) civil litigation (2) bankruptcy, or (3) judgment enforcement. -Must have an Associates' Degree OR hold a certificate from an accredited paralegal or legal assistant program. - Expert proficiency in Microsoft Word (candidate must be very familiar with how to utilize the following features/functions: AutoText, AutoCorrect, Quick Parts, automatic Table of Contents, format Styles, Format Painter, Track Changes, Compare (versions of two documents) Section/Page Breaks, Advanced Find and Replace) and Adobe Acrobat (must be familiar with how to OCR documents, edit PDF text, insert digital signatures, redact information, clear metadata). -Excellent proofreading skills and superior aptitude with regard to spelling, grammar and punctuation. -Typing at least 60 WPM with high accuracy. -Have a courteous telephone voice and manners as he or she will be responsible for communicating with clients, attorneys, and other firm staff. FAMILIARITY/EXPERIENCE WITH THE BELOW IS HIGHLY DESIRED, BUT NOT NECESSARY : -Tasking, interaction, and follow-up with litigation vendors (e.g. OneLegal, CourtCall, process servers, e-discovery/digital vendors). -Finding, downloading, and modifying transactional or litigation forms from databases (e.g. WestLaw, CEB, LexisNexis). -Clio (Practice Management platform), Microsoft Excel, Microsoft OneDrive, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Essential Forms (or other dedicated Judicial Council forms drafting programs). -Checking and understanding "Local Rules," and “Judge-specific” rules or standing orders for filing formats, deadlines, special procedures, or other particularized legal requirements for legal filings and/or hearings. -Research, monitoring, downloading, and general understanding of online civil court dockets in Sacramento and surrounding county courts, Bankruptcy courts, and PACER. -Experience communicating effectively with civil court filing clerks and other court staff (mainly over the phone, but also via filing cover letters and other correspondence). HOW TO APPLY : Email Sara Danielson at Sara@DanielsonKim.com the below documents, with the subject line stating, “Application for Paralegal/Legal Secretary Position” and confirm in the body text of the email that you are willing to accept the $25 hourly rate of pay and you understand that there are no benefits offered for at least the first six months. Attach the following documents: Your resume. A cover letter that: introduces yourself on a personal level; describes your specific skills and qualifications for the job; clearly explains with particularity why you are a good fit for what we're looking for; confirms a date that you are available to start if chosen for the position; and provides three dates and times (within the next 7 days of your email) that you will be available between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. for an in-person interview at our office. Provide the contact information for your single best work reference. Answer at least two of the questions below in the body of your email (answers are just a date or a number). QUESTIONS : To be considered for this position, please answer at least two of the following questions and include the question and answer in your email. We do not require you to already know the answers to any of these, but we'd like to test your ability to look up the answers - a helpful skill in this position. Assume that we are litigating an unlimited jurisdiction civil case (non-unlawful detainer) in Sacramento County Superior Court and we are subject to the Code of Civil Procedure. Assuming our client's hearing on a regular motion (not a Motion for Summary Judgment/Adjudication) is docketed to be held on September 6, 2018. Question #1: What is the last day that the moving papers must be served on all parties if service is by regular mail? Question #2: What is the last day that the moving papers must be served on all parties if service is by email (by party agreement)? Question #3: What is the last day that the moving papers must be served on all parties if there is personal service? Question #4: What is the opposing party's deadline to file and serve the opposition papers? Question #5: What is the deadline to file and serve reply papers? Question #6: Which Sacramento County Superior Court department presides over "Debtor's Examinations" (technically called Application and Order for Appearance and Examination of Judgment Debtor - Judicial Council Form EJ-125)? Question #7: What days of the week/month can you schedule (i.e., set the date for) a "Debtor's Examination" in Sacramento County Superior Court? Question #8: Assume that our regular civil trial is set to begin August 31, 2018. What date am I supposed to file any motions in limine in Sacramento County Superior Court?
Danielson Kim Law Group, P.C. 700 University Avenue, Suite 130, Sacramento, CA 95825 Full time