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Under direction from a supervisory official within the Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Land Use Regulation, provide paralegal assistance to Division staff on complex permit applications submitted to the Division for review in accordance with the Freshwater Wetlands Protection Act Rules, the Flood Hazard Area Control Act Rules, the Coastal Zone Management Rules and the Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act Rules and provide legal assistance on appeals of permit decisions. Duties include: creating and managing case files, helping prepare staff for trial , drafting affidavits, briefs and interrogatories and responding to discovery requests and other assigned duties .
NOTE: The examples of work for this title are for illustrative
purposes only. A particular position using this title may not perform
all duties listed in this job specification. Conversely, all duties
performed on the job may not be listed.
EXAMPLES OF WORK:
Assists in researching legal areas of concern to members for
the legal staff.
Conducts independent research into legal areas of concern
regarding own work and preparation.
Assists in the drafting of memoranda communicating discussion
of legal topics, and the review and consideration of issues
relating to the work of the legal section including memorialization
of legal research.
Assists in the preparation of formal correspondence to agencies,
courts, legislators, and others with whom the employing agency must
correspond, involving legal points of interest and matters in issue.
Assists in the preparation of formal correspondence in response to
citizen inquiries and other similar matters.
Assists in the preparation of formal pleadings in the nature of
complaints, answers, motions, interrogatories, and other
appropriate documents for utilization in proceedings before
courts and agencies.
Conducts reviews of cited legal decisions in order to
determine their precedential value.
Conducts proofreading of legal documents.
Organizes and maintains information related to the function of
the legal section in order to ensure ready accessibility to such
information, and retrieves such information upon request.
Assists in the instruction and guidance of clerical support personnel
when directly related to the legal functions being performed.
Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or
manual recording and computerized information system used by
the agency, office, or related units.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with an Associate's
degree as a Legal Assistant or in Paralegal Studies or, an Associate
or Bachelors Degree and a Certificate of Proficiency in Paralegal
NOTE: A Juris Doctorate (JD) degree may be substituted
for the above education.
NOTE: Rule 1:20-20(a) prohibits attorneys that have been
disbarred, resigned with prejudice, transferred to disability- inactive
status, or under suspension from the practice of law in this or any
other jurisdiction from being employed as paralegals/legal assistants
in the state of New Jersey.
Two (2) years of experience as a paralegal in a law firm, legal
tribunal, or legal department in a public or private entity whose
primary function is the research, enactment, enforcement, or
litigation of legal matters.
Appointee will be required to possess a driver's license valid in
New Jersey only if the operation of a vehicle, rather than employee
mobility, is necessary to perform the essential duties of the position.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of fundamental legal principles and concepts.
Knowledge of legal publications and periodicals, and the
procedures for extracting information contained therein.
Ability to interpret and apply New Jersey Statutes and Regulations.
Ability to communicate ideas in written form in a clear,
concise, and accurate manner.
Ability to understand the complexities and uses of pertinent
and evidentiary laws, rules, and regulations.
Ability to prepare correspondence as required in the course
of official duties.
Ability to prepare technically sound, accurate, and informative
statistical reports, and other reports containing findings,
conclusions, and recommendations.
Ability to establish and maintain records and files.
Ability to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or
manual recording and information systems used by the
agency, office, or related units.
Ability to read, write, speak, understand, or communicate
in English sufficiently to perform the duties of this position.
American Sign Language or Braille may also be considered
as acceptable forms of communication.
Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long
as they can perform essential functions of the job with or without
reasonable accommodation. If the accommodation cannot be
made because it would cause the employer undue hardship,
such persons may not be eligible.
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