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Legal Assistant 3, Torts Division

Company: State of Washington
Location: Olympia
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:

Persons requiring reasonable accommodation in the application process or requiring information in an alternative format may contact Kalea Muigai at 360-586-7698.  Those with a hearing impairment in need of accommodation are encouraged to contact the Washington Relay Service at 1-800-676-3777 or www.washingtonrelay.com.

This position will remain open until a sufficient number of qualified candidates have applied. First review of applications is expected to occur on 06/01/2021 and will be ongoing. It is in the applicants' best interest to submit their application materials as early as possible. The hiring manager reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any time. This job posting may be closed at any time without notice.

Agency Information


The AGO serves more than 230 state agencies, boards, commissions, colleges and universities, as well as the Legislature and the Governor. The mission of the Office is to deliver the highest quality professional legal services to officials, agencies, and citizens of the state of Washington. The Office is comprised of over 550 attorneys and 700 professional staff. Diversity is critical to the success of the mission of the AGO. It is the recognition, respect, and appreciation of all cultures and backgrounds and the fostering of the inclusion of differences between people. Appreciating, valuing and implementing principles of diversity permits AGO employees to achieve their fullest potential in an inclusive, respectful environment. The core values of the AGO are served by a strong commitment to the value of diversity and by promoting an inclusive workplace.


For more information about the AGO, we encourage you to review the Office's newest Annual Report which can be found HERE and view THIS VIDEO.

The Attorney General's Office is recruiting for a permanent full time Legal Assistant 3 in the Torts Division. This position is located in Tumwater, Washington and is not union-represented.

This recruitment announcement may be used to fill multiple open positions for the same classification, in addition to the position(s) listed in this announcement.

The Torts Division defends tort claims and lawsuits against all state agencies, officers and employees.  The majority of the cases are based on actions brought under theories of liability for state actions such as highway design, release of inmates, injuries on state property, medical malpractice, employment, child care and custody, auto accidents, maritime injuries, false arrests and unreasonable force.


 With such a diverse practice our professional staff are continuously engaged in challenging and interesting work.  Opportunities to learn and achieve professional growth through experience, mentorship and training are encouraged and supported.  


 The Torts Division strives to consistently exemplify AGO core values, i.e., to deliver high quality legal services; conduct ourselves with integrity, professionalism, civility, and transparency; and promote a collegial and diverse workplace that values, respects, and supports our employees.


 The Legal Assistant 3 is a vital part of each team in the Torts Division.  This position serves as the primary legal assistant for one or more attorneys.  The duties are varied and every day is different depending on the work assignments and court schedules.  

Performs complex legal support functions such as:


Prepare initial responsive pleadings and correspondence in a civil lawsuit, subsequent answer and jury demand; discovery pleadings, both propounded and responsive, such as interrogatories and requests for production; motions, affidavits, briefs, responses, and proposed orders; cost bills; deposition notices and subpoenas; appellate pleadings, motions, and briefs, as well  as other documents required by court rule.


Checks legal citations and references and Westchecks case citations.  Conducts limited legal research on specific issues, utilizing the law library and court rules. Obtains due dates from court documents or court rules and keeps tickle calendar; keeps attorney, investigator and paralegal informed of approaching due dates.    


In addition, this position performs entry level paralegal duties including collecting and organizing factual information and documents related to litigation, potential litigation, or legal services to state agency clients.   Also, assists attorneys prepare for trial and during trial within the office and in the courtroom as requested.


Option 1: High School diploma or equivalent and four years of experience in a legal environment in support of an attorney, administrative law judge(s), review judge(s) or equivalent;


Option 2: One year as a Legal Assistant 2;


Option 3: A two-year degree in Legal Secretary Studies, Paralegal Studies or related field of study plus 2 years of legal office experience. A Bachelor's degree may substitute for the Legal Secretary or Paralegal degree.


Skills Assessment


Applicants to the Washington State Office of the Attorney General Legal Assistant Classifications are required to take a skills assessment test, administered online by eSkill.

  • Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications as listed in the job announcement will receive an email from eSkill with a link to an online skills assessment.  You will have three days after the email is sent to take the assessment.



In addition to completing the online application, applicants must attach the following documents to their profile in order to be considered for this position:

  • A letter of interest, describing your specific qualifications for the position;
  • A current resume detailing experience and education.



  • Carefully review your application for accuracy, spelling and grammar before submitting.
  • You may not reapply to this posting for 30 days.
  • The initial screening of applications will be solely based on the contents and completeness of the "work experience" and "education" sections of your application in www.careers.wa.gov, completeness of the application material submitted, and responses to the supplemental questionnaire.
  • A resume will not substitute for completing the "work experience" section of the application.
  • All information may be verified and documentation may be required.


Honoring diversity, equity and inclusion means that as an agency, and as individuals, we are committed to ensuring that all employees and volunteers enjoy a respectful, safe and supportive working environment. Only by fostering the inclusion of people from all backgrounds, cultures and attributes, can AGO employees and volunteers achieve their fullest potential and best advance the goals and mission of the AGO.


The AGO is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation/gender identity, age, disability, honorably discharged veteran or military status, retaliation or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability.

If you are having technical difficulties creating, accessing or completing your application, please call NEOGOV toll-free at (855) 524-5627 or support@neogov.com.

For assistance with the application process, please contact Judith Vandergeest at (360) 586-7691 or Judith.Vandergeest@atg.wa.gov. 

Keywords: State of Washington, Olympia , Legal Assistant 3, Torts Division, Other , Olympia, Washington

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