Litigation Technology Specialist

Career Training Concepts

US Attorney’s Office, District of South Carolina, 1441 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201

Full time

Legal

Jul 26

Pay Rate: $90,000 – $98,000 annually

Employer: Career Training Concepts, Inc.

Purpose: The Civil Division of the United States Attorney’s Office – District of South Carolina requires a Litigation Support Specialist/Analyst with experience supporting attorneys and staff with an extensive background in utilizing current litigation support techniques, software and equipment to provide complex legal support and technical assistance on such systems as Relativity, Trial Director, Eclipse, Concordance, and CaseMap. This is a federal contractor position.

Responsibilities include consulting with and advising case teams on best practices for the preparation of documents and how to best use litigation support technologies to support projects; assisting with productions of material both to and from external parties; providing training on litigation applications; assisting in the organization and search of investigative materials; and championing the need to engage eDiscovery specialists in the early stages of cases.

Litigation Support responsibilities are considered complex in terms of the need to modify standard systems, to resolve hardware and software problems, and to adapt precedents or make significant departures from standardized approaches. Cases handled are complex and may require organizing, tracking, and analyzing thousands or hundreds of thousands of items of evidence, millions of data elements, and may involve untried or especially novel computer or digital imaging applications. Automated support is necessary to prepare, organize, index, develop, and manage exhibits, evidence, or other data relevant to cases presented before a jury or in other legal proceedings. 

Duties:

·      Provides technical advice to litigation teams on legal automation options, systems capabilities, and support services available to aid in case preparation, trial preparation and presentation. Applies knowledge of Federal Civil procedure, court requirements, local rules, DOJ polices, and district practices. Performs a wide range of information system analysis, development, and installation in support of USAO litigation support activities. Ensures standard procedures for electronic discovery and litigation support projects are consistently applied across the life of the case.

·      In coordination with Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs), investigators, federal agents, and support staff, becomes familiar with the details of the case and the government's strategy for proving it. Consults with case teams to effectively develop and apply technical strategies, requirements and goals in order to develop and implement project plans, including data collection, processing, document review, document production and trial.

·      Develops project management strategies and tools for gathering, tracking, processing, reviewing, organizing, and producing case information in an effective, efficient, and defensible manner. Advises legal team on technology options to respond to specific discovery needs including but not limited to recommendations for products to perform early case assessment, document search, and document reviews in the most efficient, timely, and cost-effective manner.

·      Assists in preparation for meetings, hearings, or 26(f) conferences that may involve eDiscovery matters, and may attend same in coordination with AUSAs.

·      Stays abreast of emerging electronic discovery litigation support technology and processes.

·      The contractor defines and creates case databases for processing electronically stored information (ESI), case review, production, organization, and trial presentation.

·      With attorneys and key legal support staff, the contractor organizes voluminous case information for efficient retrieval through automated means such as processing ESI, scanning, indexing and production of documents into a database.

·      The contractor assures documents are organized for efficient electronic storage and retrieval by processing ESI, defining deduplication scope, quality control, preparing appropriate indices, defining data field search criteria, and indexing databases.

·      The contractor prepares graphical presentations, demonstrative exhibits, and trial presentations.

·      The contractor coordinates with the LTSC and vendors as needed.

·      The contractor configures and maintains litigation support equipment.

·      The contractor sets up and maintains trial presentation equipment.

·      The contractor evaluates the efficiency of litigation support technology to ensure that it is responsive to the attorney and case needs, and that it represents the best methodology available.

·      The contractor provides customer training, including orientation for new users.

·      The contractor assesses and provides feedback on problematic trends and patterns in customer support requirements; and

·      The contractor provides recommendations to resolve cited problems.

·      In coordination with the USAO’s Litigation Support Unit, the contractor analyzes automated litigation support and recommends changes to improve support and to increase the system efficiency and effectiveness. The contractor monitors system uses and response time, conducts cost-benefit analyses, and develops implementation plans.

Education & Skill Requirements:

·      Associate’s Degree

·      3 years of experience in a litigation support, electronic discovery and/or technology support environment 

·      Experience with litigation support software applications such as: Relativity, Trial Director, Eclipse, Case Map, LAW, Time Map, etc.

·      Experience analyzing incoming electronic data to determine appropriate processing requirements

·      Experience with performing complex electronic data searches, managing the technical administration of document reviews, and producing data to outside parties using common litigation support platforms

·      Experience working directly with a variety of technical and non-technical users

·      Ability to organize and manage multiple priorities, work independently, and meet tight deadlines

·      Excellent written/oral communication and organizational skills

·      U.S. Citizenship and a background investigation

·      Knowledge of the legal process and familiarity with litigation. This includes the content and timing of legal discovery obligations, as well as the role of identifying and resolving discovery issues. Also the ability to read legal documents, talk to attorneys, understand legal and factual issues, and subject matter details involved in a case to determine options for managing and presenting the data and to recommend a course of action.

 ·      Knowledge of, and skill in applying, most of the following: IT/LS concepts, principles, methods, and practices; eDiscovery technology; Visual design concepts; Imaging technology; and Oral and written communication techniques.

Background and Screening: Candidates must be able to favorably complete a government background investigation and meet DOJ residency requirements. When applying, provide 3 professional references with contact information.

Hours of Operation: 40 hour work/week, Monday through Friday.

Benefits Available: Health Insurance, Dental, Vision, 401K with match, ample leave time.

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