Senior Litigation Paralegal at The Ohio State University
Posting DateOctober 3, 2017
Location of Position
For 144 years, The Ohio State University's campus in Columbus has been the stage for academic achievement and a laboratory for innovation. It's where friendships are forged. It's where rivalries and revelry are born.
The university's main campus is one of America's largest and most comprehensive. As Ohio's best and one of the nation's top-20 public universities, Ohio State is further recognized by a top-rated academic medical center and a premier cancer hospital and research center. As a land-grant university, Ohio State has a physical presence throughout the state, with campuses and research centers located around Ohio.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Office of Legal Affairs (OLA), under the direction of the Senior Vice President and General Counsel, provides legal representation and advice to the University and all of its constituent parts, including the Board of Trustees, the President, Provost, faculty and academic departments, the Office of Research, Student Life, Athletics, the Department of Public Safety, the Office of Business and Finance, and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and James Cancer Center, among many others.
As one of the largest universities in the nation, Ohio State is a multifaceted institution, with a sophisticated and leading-edge legal practice that touches nearly every area of law, including litigation, labor and employment, public contracting, intellectual property, research and technology transfer, immigration and international issues, business transactions, taxation and benefits, administrative law, health care law, public safety and criminal law matters, federal and state constitutional and public law issues, and more.
The Senior Litigation Paralegal will serve a critical role in coordinating, managing, and supporting litigation and legal projects for the Office of Legal Affairs and University constituents on a range of subjects. The position will focus on litigation, employment, fact-development for investigations, and other legal projects. The individual in this role should have excellent organization and communication skills (written, verbal, and interpersonal) and should be a team player who demonstrates initiative and resourcefulness and embraces a high degree of engagement with cases, attorneys, and people across the University. The Office of Legal Affairs envisions this role as an integral one and would regard the individual in this role as a full partner in the most important undertakings of the office.
This position will report directly to the Associate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for the Office of Legal Affairs, and will work closely with the senior litigation counsel and other attorneys in the Office of Legal Affairs.
The individual in this role will be expected to work at the highest professional level with integrity, excellent judgment, and attention to detail, and to demonstrate the highest personal characteristics of teamwork, inclusiveness, reliability, and adaptability to a broad range of issues, people, and situations.
- Communicating, corresponding, and interacting with clients and outside entities, such as witnesses, vendors, and law firms to gather information or data
- Assisting in preparing for depositions, witness interviews, hearings, trials, and mediations
- Creating and implementing paper and electronic document collection, review, and production systems, and tracking documents and matters, including preparation of case- specific chronologies
- Creating and implementing case files and organizational systems for electronic and paper case files and folders
- Investigation and preparation of responses to administrative and employment related complaints
- Serving as a factual resource on cases and demonstrating knowledge of case documents
- Assisting attorneys in reviewing documents for case preparation
- Understanding and assisting with e-discovery and computer forensic concepts such as litigation holds, preservation of data, and chain of custody
- Compiles, reviews, and analyzes documents as required by attorneys specific to case issues and helps determine necessary information
- Delegating to, and supervising/mentoring other paralegals, case assistants, and staff as needed.
- Performing research (factual, legal, internet, or other) to identify issues and relevant matters and prepares findings
Bachelor's degree and 5 or more years of paralegal experience in a public or private law office or equivalent combination of education and experience; paralegal certification; strong computer skills including a working knowledge of Excel, Word, and PowerPoint; excellent communication and interpersonal skills; detail oriented; positive attitude.
The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.