The Office of the Defender General has an opening for a full-time legal assistant in the Bennington office. The legal assistant is responsible for supporting attorneys by providing a wide variety of technical, administrative and secretarial assistance. The work requires some knowledge of legal practices and procedures and computer skills. Work is performed under the direction of an attorney or other supervisor, but some independent work will be required.
The legal assistant assists with the preparation of legal documents using information from files, client agencies, court records and other sources. Helps to prepare basic legal documents such as legal notices, subpoenas and discovery materials. May e-file legal documents with the Judiciary. May help attorneys prepare for trials, hearings and negotiations by preparing exhibits, scheduling witnesses, communicating with client agencies, reviewing jury pools, and preparing exhibit and witness lists. Performs docketing duties such as opening, updating and closing cases using case management systems. May schedule depositions, court reporters, and experts. Performs administrative and secretarial duties including correspondence, telephone duties, filing, copying and public records management.