San Bernardino County – County Counsel Paralegal

Closing on: Jun 21, 2024
Company Intro
San Bernardino County is located in the heart of Southern California, home to over 2 million residents, encompassing 20,160 square miles from the Nevada State line and the Colorado River to the LA County line. This gives San Bernardino County a diverse climate and geography, from mountains as high as 11,502 feet, to the desert as low as 181 feet, and beautiful valleys in between. Pristine lakes and rivers, snow-capped mountain resorts, flowering deserts, and many other family-oriented recreational attractions take advantage of the natural assets of the area, most within an hour’s drive. Families enjoy affordable housing, excellent schools, colleges and universities, and easy access to airports, hospitals, libraries, and parks. The County provides a safe, clean and healthy environment for residents. A variety of shopping and business opportunities abound, in this, the largest County in the contiguous United States.
Job Description/Duties
Bi-annual step increases of 2.5% up to Top Step of Applicable Salary Range

3% Annual Across the Board Salary Increases on February 25/26
(Salary increases contingent upon Property Related Revenue and/or
statewide Realignment Sales Tax Collections performance.)

The Office of the County Counsel is recruiting for County Counsel Paralegals who provide assistance to civil attorneys in the preparation of legal documents, responses to Public Records Act requests, discovery requests, research, analysis, and hearing and trial preparation.


LOAN FORGIVENESS

San Bernardino County Counsel employees may be eligible for student loan forgiveness through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. For more details/application information, click here.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

Background: Applicants must pass a background investigation, including fingerprinting, prior to appointment.

Travel: Travel throughout the County is required. A valid California Class C driver license and proof of automobile liability insurance is required at the time of appointment and must be maintained.

Sponsorship: Please note San Bernardino County is not able to consider candidates who will require visa sponsorship at the time of application or in the future.
Job Criteria
Minimum Requirements
Applicants must meet one of the following options:

Option 1: A certificate of completion of a paralegal program approved by the American Bar Association.

Option 2: A certificate of completion of a paralegal program at, or a degree from, a post-secondary institution that requires the successful completion of a minimum of 24 semester (36 quarter), or equivalent, units in law-related courses that has been accredited by a national or regional accrediting organization or approved by the Bureau of Private Post-secondary and Vocational Education.

Option 3: A baccalaureate degree or an advanced degree in any subject, a minimum of one (1) year of law-related experience under the supervision of an attorney who has been an active member of the State Bar of California for at least the preceding three (3) years or who has practiced in the federal courts of this state for at least the preceding three (3) years, and a written declaration from this attorney stating the applicant is qualified to perform legal tasks.
Desired Qualifications
Experience interviewing clients and witnesses, including expert witnesses; gathering documents and preparing responses to Public Records Act requests; preparing legal documents; preparing Pitchess motions; responding to discovery requests, assisting attorneys in the courtroom during civil trials and using Lexis-Nexis and/or WestLaw research systems is highly desirable.
Salary Range/Hourly Rate
$60,632.00 – $86,299.20 Annually
Other Benefits and Perks
The County of San Bernardino offers a range of benefit programs for employees and their eligible dependents. These include health, dental, vision, and life insurance, as well as a variety of voluntary benefits. Programs and benefit amounts vary and are based on bargaining unit, family size, hire date, plan selection, and number of hours worked.

Refer to the appropriate MOU, contact the County’s Employee Benefits and Services Division at (909) 387-5787 or visit the Benefits website for more detailed information at hr.sbcounty.gov/employee-benefits/.
Job Category: Legal
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: San Bernardino