Legal Assistant

  • Contra Costa County, CA
  • Contra Costa County, California
  • Oct 21, 2019
Full Time Legal Services
  • Salary: $57,593.04 - $70,004.76 Annually

Job Description

The Position
Original Posting Date: 10/21/19
Posting Last Revised: 11/14/19
Candidates who applied 10/21/19 through 11/14/19 do not need to reapply

Bargaining Unit: Local 21

Contra Costa County is seeking experienced and highly motivated Legal Assistants with superb research ability, writing skills, and the ability to communicate well with others. The workflow requires the incumbent to work both independently and collaboratively in a team-oriented setting. You will need excellent organizational skills and a strong grasp of civil and/or criminal procedures, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.

The ideal candidate will possess the following:
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Strong research, writing, communication, and organizational skills
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to multi-task and collaborate on complex matters
  • Ability to communicate with the public and various regulatory agencies

What you will do:
  • Assist attorneys in preparation litigation
  • Assist attorneys at trial
  • Review legal documents and forms for completeness and conformance as set forth in applicable legal codes and rules of court
  • Collect, analyze, and summarize data and documents
  • Prepare legal documents and other paperwork for court filing

The resulting eligible list may be used to fillvacancies in County Counsel, the Public Defenders' Office, the District Attorney's Office, and the Department of Child Support Services.

You can read the complete job description at: The eligible list established from this recruitment may remain in effect for one (1) year.

Typical Tasks
When assigned to the District Attorney's Office:
  • Prepares routine legal documents and other paperwork, including drafts of legal motions, points and authorities, declarations, affidavits, etc.
  • Conducts training of law enforcement personnel
  • Supervises paralegal student interns working in criminal/civil litigation assignments
  • Reviews police reports to determine sufficiency of information and evidence to assist attorneys
  • Researches and analyzes law sources, such as statutes, ordinances, court decisions, criminal pleadings, police reports, legal documents and articles for use in preparing routine legal documents for review, approval, and use by a deputy district attorney
  • Initiates and performs administrative forfeiture actions for the District Attorney's Office
  • Monitors asset forfeiture case progress
  • Performs duties of a restitution specialist as determined by State Board of Control
  • Summarizes, organizes and indexes documentary material in preparation for litigation
  • Assists in the preparation of responses to briefs and motions during litigation
  • Assists in scheduling and preparing witness for hearings and/or trials
  • Collects and analyzes data for deputy district attorney administrative reports
  • Conducts discovery, including compiling, analyzing and organizing response

When assigned to the County Counsel's Office:
  • Conducts interviews of witnesses and clients at various locations
  • Reviews legal documents and forms for completeness and conformance to specific legal code requirements
  • May act as a liaison with other agencies, clients and/or witnesses
  • Gathers and summarizes factual information
  • Organizes and indexes trial documents
  • Prepares exhibits and evidence binders and assists attorneys at trial
  • Assists in the preparation of subpoenas, initial disclosures, discovery requests and responses
  • Obtains, reviews and summarizes law enforcement reports, medical records, employment records and depositions
  • Maintains and updates office law library containing law books and other reference material

When assigned to the Public Defender's Office:
  • Prepares legal documents and other paperwork for court filing;
  • Gathers factual and documentary information from clients for proper filing of petitions and/or other court documents
  • Determines eligibility for Public Defender representation
  • Explains court proceedings to clients
  • Maintains contact with clients in preparation for court appearances (LPS and Clean Slate)
  • Conducts conflict checks to determine eligibility for Public Defender/Alternate Defender representation
  • Assists clients in filling out forms for attorney representation
  • Reviews and redacts police reports to assist attorneys
  • May prepare and issue subpoenas Duces Tecum to assist attorneys in trial preparation
  • Collects and maintain statistics for ACER (early representation) and Clean Slate programs
  • May act as liaison with other county agencies (when assigned to LPS or Clean Slate program)
  • Provides training to outside groups regarding Clean Slate/LPS procedures

Minimum Qualifications
License: Specified positions will be required to possess a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's License. An out of state valid Motor Vehicle Operator's License will be accepted during the application process.

1. Successful completion of an approved paralegal training program.


2. Successful completion of the first year at an accredited school of law.


3. Possession of a high school diploma, G.E.D. equivalency or a high school proficiency certificateAND three (3) years of full-time or its equivalent attorney supervised* law-related experience in a public or private law office.

*Note: Attorney supervised law-related experience must be verified with a written declaration from that attorney stating that the person is qualified to perform paralegal tasks; the supervising and declaring attorney must be an active member of the California Bar for at least the preceding three (3) years, or have practiced in the federal courts of California for at least the preceding three (3) years.

Other Requirements: This classification is required to furnish personal transportation which will be reimbursed according to County policy.
Selection Process
Application Appeal Period: 12/5/19 to 12/11/19
Tentative Oral Board Scheduled for: January 8, 2019

1. Application Filing: All applicants must apply on-line submit the information as indicated on the job announcement by the final filing date.
2. Application Evaluation:Depending on the number of applications received, an Application Evaluation Board may be convened to evaluate and select the best-qualified candidates for invitation to the next phase of the examination.
3. Oral Interview:Conducted by a Qualifications Appraisal Board who will evaluate candidates in job-related areas.

The Human Resources Department may change the examination steps noted above in accordance with the Personnel Management Regulations and accepted selection practices.

After you receive a conditional job offer, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you have received a conditional job offer. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances. Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with Contra Costa County. If you accept a conditional job offer, the Human Resources department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

All Contra Costa County employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law. Employment with the County requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

It is the policy of Contra Costa County to consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identify, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, or other protected category under the law.