LITIGATION SUPPORT ASSISTANT I OR II – INVESTIGATOR TRACK; HCRC INVESTIGATOR I/II
- Experience Level
LITIGATION SUPPORT ASSISTANT I OR II – INVESTIGATOR TRACK HCRC INVESTIGATOR I/II:
HCRC seeks motivated applicants with intellectual curiosity and excellent computer, writing, organizational and interpersonal skills to participate in the legal defense of death row prisoners. Candidates must be trustworthy with confidential information, have a track record of exercising good judgment, be able to establish rapport with a wide range of life history witnesses, be available to travel extensively, both in state and out of state, and show a commitment to the defense of or advocacy for indigent defendants. We are particularly interested in candidates who have knowledge or experience in developing mitigation and mental health issues, and in working with clients and family members.
HCRC Litigation Support Assistant I
Litigation Support Assistant I is the entry-level class. Initially under close supervision, Litigation Support Assistants will be assigned to legal teams and will be trained to provide investigative assistance to case teams. As experience is gained, there is greater independence of action within established guidelines. This class is alternatively staffed with Litigation Support Assistant II, and employees may advance to the higher level after gaining experience and demonstrating proficiency that meets the qualifications of the higher level.
Litigation Support Assistant II
Litigation Support Assistant II is the journey-level class of this series, fully competent to independently perform a full range of litigation support duties. Members of this class exercise significant independence in performing a broad range of litigation support duties within general guidelines, but with limited independent decision-making.
HCRC Investigator I
Under supervision, an HCRC Investigator I assists in planning, organizing and conducting investigations related to the representation of death row inmates in habeas corpus proceedings. Typical duties include: locating, retrieving, reviewing, analyzing and summarizing factual materials and records; identifying, locating and interviewing family members, friends, teachers, employers, law enforcement officials, and other persons; locating, obtaining and preserving documentary evidence from a variety of sources; conferring with attorneys on potential legal issues; drafting, reviewing and editing reports, summaries and witness statements; operating and maintaining a variety of photographic, tape, graphic and projection equipment; and maintaining filing and information reference systems.
HCRC Investigator II
An HCRC Investigator II conducts complex investigations on capital cases and exercises a high degree of initiative and independent judgment to independently perform the full range of duties under general supervision.
Working hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Holiday, evening and weekend work may be required. Extensive in-state and out-of-state travel will be required as necessary.
Litigation Support Assistant I: Equivalent to a possession of a bachelor’s degree.
Litigation Support Assistant II: Equivalent to possession of a bachelor’s degree and one year performing investigation support. Additional directly related college level education may be substituted for a portion of the experience or one year as a Litigation Support Assistant I.
Investigator I: Equivalent of a bachelor's degree, preferably with a major in criminal justice, law, psychology, sociology, or journalism and two years of experience in general investigations; or one year of experience in capital investigations; or one year as a Litigation Support Assistant with HCRC.
Investigator II: Equivalent of a bachelor's degree, preferably with a major in criminal justice, law, psychology, sociology, or journalism and two years of experience in capital investigations; or two years as a Habeas Corpus Investigator I.
(Additional directly related experience may be substituted for education. Additional directly related college-level education may be substituted for a portion of the required experience.)
QUALIFICATIONS – LITIGATION SUPPORT ASSISTANT Knowledge of:
· General concepts and principles involved in project assignments;
· Good oral and written communication skills;
· Ability to use tact and discretion in dealing with those contacted in the course of the work;
· Principles of organizing and summarizing data and information;
· The operation of personal computers and the use of specified computer applications, such as word processing, databases, and spreadsheets;
· Principles and techniques of preparing a variety of effective written materials; and
· Computer proficiency with PCs, preferably in Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, and Adobe.
ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS - INVESTIGATORS
· Techniques, principles, and methods used in criminal defense investigations;
· Methods and techniques of screening, evaluating, and preparing evidence and exhibits for evidentiary hearings and trials;
· Potential statutory and constitutional claims for relief;
· Ethical and legal rules regarding investigative activities;
· Mental defenses to a crime such as diminished capacity and legal insanity, including general knowledge of the subject of psychology and psychological testing;
· Resources available for locating individuals and relevant information;
· The criminal justice system, state department of corrections, and related agencies; and
· Principles and techniques of preparing effective oral presentations and a variety of effective written materials.
DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS – LITIGATION SUPPORT ASSISTANT AND INVESTIGATOR
· Familiarity with mental health issues and development of social history issues;
· Familiarity with cultural diversity and with interviewing clients from diverse cultural backgrounds;
· Fluency in oral and written Spanish; and
· Proficiency in legal software and/or document management databases and experience in defense-related investigation work, particularly in areas related to mental health.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum qualifications for the Investigator I level may be considered for an entry-level Litigation Support Assistant position.
All positions require a valid California driver’s license.