Paralegal Advanced - Affirmative Litigation

Consumer & Civil Rights Division



Apply by 06/28/2024


$19.24 – $30.78 Hourly

$40,018 – $64,029 Annually

This position is a Pay Band 60

Posting Details

The Department of Justice has broad statutory authority over civil legal matters and proceedings involving the state.  The Affirmative Litigation Section and the three legal divisions, Consumer Protection, Environment Protection and Civil Rights are charged with administering and enforcing a wide variety of laws that benefit New Mexico residents.  These include consumer protection laws, enforcement of the tobacco settlement, antitrust laws protecting against price-fixing, bid-rigging and attempts to reduce competition, laws that protect residential, small business, and agricultural utility ratepayers, environmental and natural resource laws, and civil rights.

This posting will be used for ongoing recruitment and may close at any time. Applicant lists may be screened more than once.

Why does the job exist?

This position exists as a critical role tracking all aspects of litigation matters within the Section, supporting attorneys in litigation and appeals, managing high-level projects, and assisting attorneys and staff with other core legal functions of the division.

How does it get done?

– Oversee maintenance of all litigation in the section, including monitoring court dockets and e-filing in state and federal courts, maintaining electronic and physical records, correspond with courts and outside counsel, prepare routine court pleadings, and support attorneys as needed with related litigation matters.
– Provide operational and logistics support to attorneys, including maintenance of resource materials, data managment, and other projects.
-Under the guidance of an attorney, interpret policy and procedures, make investigations, perform legal research, and analyze and recommend courses of action; assist in serving subpoenas and interviewing witnesses.

Who are the customers?

The Attorney General is the State’s attorney and the work of this Section is broadly done for the state of New Mexico. This position will primarily be supporting attorneys of the Section.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will have a passion for public service and history of working in the legal profession with some or all of the following experience and skills:

– Prior work in a legal support role that includes working closely with attorneys, familiarity with New Mexico state and federal court systems and related rules, drafting and reviewing legal documents, and independently researching legal issues;
-Excellent written and verbal communication skills, proficiency in current and new technology, and ability to independently work in busy environments;
-Experience drafting and preparing legal correspondence and basic documents, conducting legal research and maintaining a case management/tracking system;
-Ability to improve processes and procedures, including administrative functions such as data entry, record management, and projects that include collaboration among groups of people.

Minimum Qualification

Associate’s degree in Paralegal Studies and two (2) years of experience drafting and preparing legal correspondence, conducting legal research and maintaining a case management/tracking system. Substitutions Apply. See Substitution Table below.

Substitution Table

These combinations of education and experience qualify you for the position:

Education Experience Education Experience
1 High School Diploma or Equivalent AND 4 years of experience OR High School Diploma or Equivalent AND 4 years of experience
2 Associate’s degree in the field(s) specified in the minimum qualification AND 2 years of experience Associate’s degree or higher in any field AND 4 years of experience
3 Bachelor’s degree or higher in the field(s) specified in the minimum qualification AND 0 years of experience  

• Education and years of experience must be related to the purpose of the position.

• If Minimum Qualification requires a specific number of “semester hours” in a field (e.g. 6 semester hours in Accounting), applicants MUST have those semester hours in order to meet the minimum qualifications. No substitutions apply for semester hours.

Employment Requirements

Must possess and maintain a current Defensive Driving Course Certificate from the State of New Mexico or must pass and receive Defensive Driving Course Certification as a condition of continued employment as some statewide travel maybe required. Employment is subject to criminal background check and is conditional pending results of criminal background check. Be of good moral character and not have been convicted of a felony offense by a court of this state, any other state or the United States.

Working Conditions

Office setting, exposure to Visual/Video Display terminal (VDT) and extensive personal computer and telephone usage with extended periods of sitting, including during public meetings and hearings. Must be able to lift 25 lbs, and some sitting, standing, bending and reaching may be required. Travel will be required, including occasional overnight trips, and candidates must have or be able to obtain a New Mexico drivers license in order to receive a certification to drive a state vehicle upon employment.

Supplemental Information


Agency Contact Information: Dean Woulard

For information on Statutory Requirements for this position, click the Classification Description link on the job advertisement.


Bargaining Unit Position

This position is not covered by a collective bargaining agreement.