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Litigation Technology Specialist

Salary: $29.03-$35.43 hourly / $5,048-$6,163 monthly / Range: 6086

DEFINITION: Under general direction, consults with attorneys and others to develop and provide technical support for litigation, from the initial preparation of cases through trial and on appeal.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This classification is distinguished from the County's attorney job classifications and the Paralegal job classification by its emphasis on planning, developing, and providing technology solutions to support attorneys litigating cases. This class is further distinguished from the Computer Systems Specialist job series by the requirement that incumbents have sufficient legal expertise to understand the processes of litigation, the rules of evidence, and the proceedings of the courts to use technology to support trial teams effectively and efficiently.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:

Acquires and maintains knowledge of the practical applications to litigation of current computer technology, such as optical character recognition (OCR), document imaging and coding, database design and management, current multimedia presentation software, and specialized litigation support software.

1. Evaluates and makes recommendations for the purchase and upgrade of litigation related software.
2. Installs, maintains, upgrades, and provides user access and support for litigation related software.
3. Provides training to others including attorneys, paralegals, and legal secretaries in the use and capabilities of litigation related software.
4. In consultation with other members of trial teams, designs, develops, and implements a variety of technological solutions to litigation issues; e.g. designs, organizes, and maintains data bases to respond to the needs of attorneys to locate important documents or produce evidence on demand during trials; uses specialized litigation software to link case events to documents and transcripts, or to organize, search, and share documentary evidence as part of the discovery process; uses computerized court-rules based calendaring systems to ensure the deadlines of various jurisdictions are met.
5. Provides courtroom technical support by operating software, managing transcripts and databases, accessing needed documents and other electronic exhibits, and supporting litigators as needed.
6. Troubleshoots unforeseen technical difficulties and resolves issues during hearings, mediations, arbitrations, trials and related proceedings as well as in the office.
7. May perform basic LAN/WAN administration and user support duties in conjunction with other IT professionals or as a back-up for departmental Computer System Specialists.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS: Any combination of training, education, and experience that includes at least two years of paralegal experience in a litigation environment and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Knowledge of: legal principles and terminology; rules of evidence; court and trial procedures; methods and requirements of legal discovery and legal research; principles and practices of document collection, imaging, coding, electronic storage, and retrieval; current word processing, spreadsheet, data base, multimedia presentation, and specialized litigation support software used by the hiring department; functions and operations of personal computers and peripherals, including hardware/software installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting.

Ability to: determine technology needs of litigators, evaluate possible solutions, and apply technology to meet the needs of litigation; analyze and resolve litigation software user needs and problems; use and instruct others in the use of litigation support software systems; apply legal principles, practices, and precedents; identify, evaluate and recall information relevant to trial preparation and presentation; establish and maintain effective working relationships with attorneys and others; communicate clearly orally and in writing; organize workload, prioritize tasks; work under strict deadlines and under the pressures of the litigation environment.
 



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