Legal Assistant 3, Criminal Justice Division, Attorney General's Office

State of Washington Attorney General's Office - Seattle, WA (30+ days ago)3.4


This position will remain open until a sufficient number of qualified candidates have applied. First review of applications is expected to occur on 6/25/2018 and will be ongoing. It is in the applicants' best interest to submit their application materials as early as possible. The hiring manager reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any time. This job posting may be closed at any time without notice.

Agency Information

The AGO serves more than 230 state agencies, boards, commissions, colleges and universities, as well as the Legislature and the Governor. The mission of the Office is to deliver the highest quality professional legal services to officials, agencies, and citizens of the state of Washington. The Office is comprised of over 550 attorneys and 700 professional staff. Diversity is critical to the success of the mission of the AGO. It is the recognition, respect, and appreciation of all cultures and backgrounds and the fostering of the inclusion of differences between people. Appreciating, valuing and implementing principles of diversity permits AGO employees to achieve their fullest potential in an inclusive, respectful environment. The core values of the AGO are served by a strong commitment to the value of diversity and by promoting an inclusive workplace.

For more information about the AGO, we encourage you to review the Office's newest Annual Report which can be found HERE.

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The Opportunity

Put your legal assistant skills and education to work in our Criminal Justice Division!

We have several senior legal assistant positions that need your expertise. These positions support Assistant Attorneys General in their mission to work towards creating safe communities.Located in downtown Seattle, these positions receive 15% assignment pay in addition to the salary listed above.

What does the Criminal Justice Division do?

The mission of the Criminal Justice Division (CRJ) is to work with and support its partners in the criminal justice community and to work towards creating safe communities. Upon request from the Governor, local law enforcement and local prosecutors, the division investigates and prosecutes criminal cases throughout the state and provides investigative and prosecutorial support to local law enforcement and prosecutors in several areas including homicide cases, sexual assaults, white-collar crime, identity theft, and computer and high tech related crime.

The CRJ civilly prosecutes previously convicted sexually violent predators who have served their criminal sentence and who still pose a serious threat to re-offend. The CRJ provides state and nationwide investigative expertise and assistance through the office's Homicide Investigation and Tracking System (HITS) Unit, and through the investigators and crime analysts who are part of HITS. The CRJ also represents and advises the Washington State Patrol and Criminal Justice Training Commission.

Why work with us?

You'll feel good about the work you do. Go home at night knowing you helped make a difference. You'll work with a great team, all with the common goal of improving the lives of the citizens of the state of Washington.

And don't forget about the benefits of working for the state of Washington!

We offer a family-friendly package of pay, benefits, paid time off and workplace opportunities to help you get the most out of your career and life.

As an eligible state employee, you and your family can choose from several medical and dental plans. The state's employee premiums make high-quality medical coverage affordable, and the state fully pays for employees' dental premiums.

We help you prepare for life after your career by offering an excellent retirement plan, which includes employer contributions. In addition, employees may participate in the Deferred Compensation Program for a tax-deferred retirement investment.

Leave benefits include:
12-25 days of vacation per year
11 paid holidays
12 days of sick leave per year
Newborn, adoptive, and emergency child care leave
Leave without pay for maternity and education
Paid leave for jury or other civil duties
Leave for military service
Qualified employees may also donate leave to assist others through an extended absence.

What duties will you perform?

You'll partner with Assistant Attorneys General by:
Composing legal pleadings and correspondence from written drafts and/or oral instructions
Filing, preparing, and serving legal documents according to State, Federal and Appellate Court rules
Scheduling depositions and hearings
Creating and maintain all case files
Tracking discovery materials
Disseminating court orders or other information affecting the Unit and team members.

And you'll perform entry level paralegal duties to include:
Categorizing and maintaining litigation, investigation, discovery, and research files. Collecting, organizing and analyzing factual information and documents related to litigation. Tracking case status. Conducting basic legal research; drafting documents, assisting attorneys and paralegals in organizing and preparing evidentiary hearing and trial notebooks, pleadings and exhibits to be used at trial. Assisting attorneys and paralegals with trial witness coordination.
Option 1: High School diploma or equivalent and four years of experience in a legal environment in support of an attorney, administrative law judge(s), review judge(s) or equivalent;

Option 2: One year as a Legal Assistant 2;

Option 3: A two-year degree in Legal Secretary Studies, Paralegal Studies or related field of study plus 2 years of legal office experience.

A Bachelor's degree may substitute for the Legal Secretary or Paralegal degree.

Supplemental Information
A background check consisting of employment history, professional references, and educational verification (e.g., degree, license, or official transcript) may be conducted. Incumbent will be required to submit to and pass a fingerprint-based criminal background check conducted by the Washington State Patrol (WSP), Criminal Records Division, as a condition of employment and every five (5) years thereafter. Incumbent may also be required to submit to and pass a criminal background check at any time during the period of employment if, in the scope of their employment and assigned duties, they are identified as a witness by an AAG prosecuting a criminal case.

Applicants for legal assistant positions with the Attorney General's Office are required to take a skills assessment prior to appointment in our agency.


In addition to completing the online application, applicants must attach the following documents to their profile in order to be considered for this position:

A letter of interest, describing your specific qualifications for the position;
A current resume detailing experience, education, and current salary.

Carefully review your application for accuracy, spelling and grammar before submitting.
You may not reapply to this posting for 30 days.
The initial screening of applications will be solely based on the contents and completeness of the "work experience" and "education" sections of your application in, completeness of the application material submitted, and responses to the supplemental questionnaire.
A resume will not substitute for completing the "work experience" section of the application.
All information may be verified and documentation may be required.
Honoring diversity, equity and inclusion means that as an agency, and as individuals, we are committed to ensuring that all employees and volunteers enjoy a respectful, safe and supportive working environment. Only by fostering the inclusion of people from all backgrounds, cultures and attributes, can AGO employees and volunteers achieve their fullest potential and best advance the goals and mission of the AGO.

The AGO is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation/gender identity, age, disability, honorably discharged veteran or military status, retaliation or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Persons requiring reasonable accommodation in the application process or requiring information in an alternative format may contact Tracy Robinson at 360-586-7693. Those with a hearing impairment in need of accommodation are encouraged to contact the Washington Relay Service at 1-800-676-3777 or

For questions regarding this recruitment or assistance with the application process, please contact Judith Vandergeest at (360) 586-7691 or

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