Ref No.: 18-06146
Location: Pierre, South Dakota
Start Date / End Date: 09/15/2018 to 09/14/2022
Order # RFQ1324493
Job Title Paralegal
Number of resumes 5 resumes each
Resume Due 09/04/2018 EOD

Job Description
Job Title Paralegal
Client Department of Justice
The United States Attorney's Office, District of South Dakota
Place of Performance The United State Attorney's Office,
225 South Pierre Street
Pierre, South Dakota, 57501
Resume Due 9/4/2018 EOD
Number of Positions 1
No of Resumes 5
Period of performance a base period and four (4) option periods (1920 hours)
Start Approx. Sept 15,2018 till Sept. 14, 2022
US Citizen Mandatory
Security Clearance Preferred any active clearance or investigation is preferred. Or capable of passing any clearance.
Experience Preferred defense or Department of Justice experience
References 3 professional references:
Name ,title, Company Name, Contact information, Job description

Job Duties
  1. Provides a variety of direct legal support assistance services to serviced AUSA and Auditor staff. Typical assignments include:
  1. Reviews and evaluates case referrals to determine the need for additional information and evidence, and planning a comprehensive approach to obtain this information and evidence.
  2. Advises the ACE attorney(s) regarding the merits and weaknesses of ACE referrals based upon applicable law, evidence of liability and damages, and potential defenses.
  3. Helps the ACE Unit develop new referrals by ensuring a good working relationship with client agencies and the public.
  4. Receives and analyzes incoming pleadings and correspondence. Determines appropriate action and notes time limitations for responses.
  5. Prepares initial drafts correspondence and legal documents for ACE attorney signature.
  6. Prepares initial drafts of proposed orders and decrees for signatures of judges.
  7. Researches legal and factual issues. Analyzes and summarizes the same.
  8. Use automated resources, available databases, and technology for the development, presentation, and prosecution of federal cases.
  9. Use legal research tool and litigative support technology such as digital imaging applications, graphic design software, audio-visual equipment, and trial presentation programs.
  10. Examines, prepares and processes a variety of technical legal documents and statistical information that are characteristically voluminous and complex in format. Reviews incoming material and independently determines the need for assembly and preparation of a variety of legal documents, e.g. , complaints, motions, orders, answers, pleadings, Civil Investigative Demands and subpoenas. Obtains needed information from files , administrative and law enforcement agencies, or other sources, and submits completed legal documents to the appropriate AUSA. In preparation of documents, considers the nature and the status of the case involved. With limited instructions from the AUSA, prepares initial drafts of such legal actions as seal extensions, motions and other pleadings. Completes variable aspects of preparing recurring legal documents that conform to the rules governing their style and format.
  11. Electronically files documents on behalf of and at the directive of the AUSA with the appropriate state or federal court, applying knowledge of local court rules and practices.
  12. Provides assistance to ACE attorneys in trial preparation by performing duties such as independently compiling trial notebooks, assembling jury instructions, compiling witness and exhibit lists, and managing witnesses. Coordinates with the financial litigation paralegal and debt collection agent and the victim/witness specialists to ensure adherence to current Departmental guidelines relating to victims' rights and services responsibilities. Notifies appropriate individuals of victim/witness issues.
  13. Using original and online legal resources, verifies citations and statutory references contained in legal documents. Ensures citations are complete and consistent with source material.
  14. Develops tables of contents and indices to briefs in accordance with established format. Lists cited cases, opinions and miscellaneous references in briefs.
  15. Composes original letters that require a good working knowledge of legal procedures and specialized terminology, e.g., transmittal of pleadings, requests for extensions of time in certain cases, advising of actions taken or developments in cases referred by other federal departments and agencies, and notices to attorneys representing defendants
  16. Scans/inputs and links case-related materials into an electronic database and manages that database. Manages discovery and trial preparation.
  17. Performs legal research using legal precedent, existing legal files, textbooks, legal periodicals, statutes and regulations. Has working knowledge of research software such as Westlaw and Lexis/Nexis.
  18. Performs factual research using online resources, journals, periodicals, public records and financial documents. Performs asset investigations.
  19. Assists in production of exhibits and witness lists, exhibit notebooks, and/or demonstrative exhibits for trial.
  20. Assists with preparation for interviewing witnesses and potential complainants concerning violations of federal law
  1. Provides a variety of ancillary office support functions requiring some subject-matter knowledge of the ACE Unit's programs and operations. Typical assignments may include the following:
  1. Assembles the physical files for new ACE cases by filing materials in chronological order, preparing and printing conflict of interest sheets for assigned attorney, and numbering the initial case materials and/or discovery. Upon receipt, sends additional discovery to outside parties as directed by the assigned attorney.
  2. Prepares ACE files for closing by putting the documents in chronological order, ensuring that the relevant documents are in the file, and preparing a closing sheet for the assigned attorney's signature.
  3. Answers telephone and refers callers to staff members or takes messages as appropriate. Furnishes requested information concerning pending and closed matters and cases, functions and general procedures of the office. Determines which matters should be referred to the AUSA and the urgency of the matter.
  4. Arranges travel by preparing itinerary, and securing transportation and hotel reservations. Prepares travel authorizations and vouchers using automated system.
  5. Attend meetings and trainings as may be required and appropriate.
  1. Produces a variety of written documents and materials utilizing a wide range of office software applications. For example, assignments may include integrating output from different software types, e.g., tables produced by database applications and charts and graphs produced by electronic spreadsheet applications, into word processing or desktop publishing text. Products include complicated tables, graphs and charts, which may be incorporated into legal documents or courtroom presentations. Ensures all documents contain the proper format, spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and grammar.
  2. Provides automated litigation assistance to attorneys in trial preparation and courtroom presentations. Utilizes various software applications and graphics hardware such as scanners and plotters. Prepares documents, charts, and visual materials used in trials. Provides technical support e.g., enlarging charts and photographs, duplicating tapes and videos, and marking exhibits.

Local travel (within the local commuting area of the USAO) and travel time shall not be reimbursed by the Government. Non-local travel may be required and shall be authorized by the COR from time to time for special projects. Travel shall only be performed with the prior approval of the COR. No travel shall be authorized if not included in the task order as a line item. All travel shall be reimbursed in accordance with the Federal Travel regulations. Invoices shall include separate backup detail and receipts for travel. Please note if travel is funded the contractor needs to be aware that the amount funded should be viewed as a ceiling.