Legal Assistant - International Trade

Wiley Rein LLP
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Feb 14

Position description

The International Trade Legal Assistant will work as a member of the practice’s Legal Support team to manage cases and documents, cite-check and file court and agency documents, perform factual and legal research, and maintain documents and databases. 



•    Works with attorneys and other practice Legal Support staff on client-billable projects meeting the Firm's minimum hours expectations, including, but not limited to, organization and management of case documents, both written and electronic; maintaining case calendars; research; cite-checking and/or filing of legal briefs and memoranda; and preparation of forms and applications 

•    Maintains current knowledge of cite-checking and filing requirements at Department of Commerce, International Trade Commission, Court of International Trade, and Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

•    Able to locate and interpret rules and regulations at above-mentioned courts and agencies in order to maintain case filing schedules and calendars

•    Diligently adheres to administrative protective order (APO) requirements and follows internal protocols for safe handling of documents

•    At attorneys’ direction, acts as a liaison between attorneys and clients and/or agency and court representatives by means of written and oral communications

•    Works effectively with a team of attorney and staff personnel to further client goals

•    Trains Project Assistants and other more junior staff in procedures and practice for document preparation and submission, general practice area support, and related projects

•    Other duties as may be assigned by attorneys, Practice Coordinator, and/or the Director of Legal & Practice Support


EDUCATION:   Four-year college degree required; major and/or advanced studies in International Relations, International Studies, Economics, or Business preferred.


•    Proficient in cite-checking on documents submitted to the Department of Commerce, the International Trade Commission, and the Court of International Trade; exposure to documents submitted to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit preferred

•    Familiarity with administrative protective order (APO) regulations and filing procedures related to the One-Day Lag Rule

•    Extensive experience with locating, interpreting, and applying court and/or agency rules

•    Very strong attention to detail and organizational skills

•    Demonstration of consistent growth in substantive professional skills and knowledge of International Trade issues and law, OFAC regulations, and relevant current events

•    Ability to communicate clearly and concisely with all levels of Firm personnel, clients, and outside vendors, both orally and in writing

•    Demonstrated competence in performing both legal and factual research and analysis under the supervision of attorneys (e.g., Westlaw research and document retrieval, open-source web searches, factual research at government agencies and courts, investigative fact-gathering)

•    Proficiency with office productivity applications (e.g., Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Adobe Acrobat); aptitude for learning new software strongly preferred

•    Ability to digest and prepare concise written summaries of administrative and case-related materials

•    Ability to draft basic motions and proposed orders at the direction of attorneys

•    Ability to supervise, train, and delegate to junior personnel

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