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Californians for Homeownership is a new non-profit organization formed by the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) to increase the supply of available housing in California though impact litigation and education.  We are seeking an experienced litigation paralegal to assist with the organization’s litigation matters and its work before city councils and other local bodies.  The paralegal will play a vital role in developing and implementing the new organization’s processes for litigation intake, docket management, and tracking local land use decisions that could give rise to litigation.  The ideal candidate will be skilled in traditional litigation tasks but will also possess the drive and creativity to develop processes to meet the specific needs of this new organization.  The paralegal will report to the organization’s litigation attorney. 

Responsibilities

  • Design efficient processes to manage litigation matters and potential matters.
  • Calendar and track litigation and other deadlines.
  • Prepare pleading and letter templates for use in litigation and in corresponding with local bodies.
  • Prepare public information requests and engage in follow-up correspondence.
  • Proof and cite-check documents, including basic research to check validity of authorities.
  • File and serve pleadings and prepare proofs of service.
  • Organize and process pleadings, correspondence, exhibits and other documents.
  • Organize materials received through public information requests and discovery requests into administrative records for use in litigation.
  • Monitor local planning commission and city council agendas and conduct basic assessments about potential litigation arising out of local planning decisions.
  • Prepare indexed binders of documents for lodging and for use at hearings.
  • Assist with development of educational materials for public talks and publications.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Education Required

Bachelor’s degree, paralegal certificate, or equivalent experience such that statutory requirements are satisfied.

Minimum Experience Required

Minimum of three years of experience as a litigation paralegal.

Skills Required

  • Experience cite-checking, proofing, filing, and serving motions and other papers in state and federal courts.
  • Experience calendaring litigation deadlines, ideally using CompuLaw or similar software packages.
  • Strong time management, organization, reasoning and research skills.
  • Excellent computer skills, written and oral communication skills, and attention to detail.
  • Ability to quickly respond to changing instructions and understand complex cases.
  • Working knowledge of software tools necessary to conduct litigation (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Acrobat, and document management systems).
  • Familiarity with search techniques and operation of Westlaw and similar legal research databases.
  • Experience with land use or administrative agency litigation or mandamus matters is a plus.
  • Ability to solve practical problems, take direction, multi-task and prioritize.
  • Ability to work effectively with co-workers, customers and others by sharing ideas in a constructive and positive manner.
  • Excellent work ethic and attendance.
  • Consistency in giving feedback regarding work progress, timetable and issues.

Leading the Way…TM isn’t just a slogan at the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.).  As one of the largest state trade organizations in the United States, C.A.R. provides members with tools to help complete transactions, information to keep them nimble in the marketplace and a strong clear voice on the government steps in Sacramento.  How do we do it?  We start by hiring friendly, talented people committed to working toward those common goals

 

Headquartered in sunny Los Angeles, C.A.R. offers business casual wear, an on-site exercise room, a health and wellness program including lunch and learns with guest speakers, a FitBit® program, and collaborative working areas. 

 

What else?

Medical, dental, vision, vitamin reimbursement, 401(k) retirement plan, 11 paid holidays, and more. 

 

C.A.R. staff stand by a set of core values that make us the best in the business.  Take a look for yourself and see what we are all about  www.car.org

 

For consideration - qualified applicants only please - submit cover letter and resume (in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format) to:  resumes@car.org

 

Sorry! Due to the heavy volume of resumes we receive, only candidates being considered will be contacted directly. We appreciate your interest in employment opportunities with the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.

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