Position Summary: Research Attorney position primarily supports the legal information and research requirements of all practice groups, attorneys, paralegals, and staff at Jackson Walker.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Specific duties of this position include, but are not limited to, monitoring and completing in-depth legal research requests through a centralized request system, determine best practices for legal research through the coordination of Legal Pathfinders and Ready-Reference resources developed by the Senior Librarian Researchers, focus on the specific needs of the firm and individual practice groups, and act as a liaison with specific practice groups and business development team members.
Analyze Knowledge Services resources by practice group, topic, or by publication title when requested.
Coordinate training sessions for the firmâ€™s online research services for any resources relevant to the assigned practice groups.
Set up and maintain passwords for all online services.
Participate in orientation meetings with new attorneys and paralegals.
Attend practice group meetings.
Work with practice group leaders to determine how best to provide the best resources both in print and online.
Monitor the Knowledge Services collection to align the collection with the practice groups. Recommend when to cancel or remove no longer needed subscriptions or books, and replace with materials that better fit the practice group.
Participate in webinars, luncheons, meetings, conferences, and seminars which may be helpful in staying current with new online sources, research and information issues, and changing trends in the legal research profession.
Maintain a working relationship with the local law library and legal information community in order to locate materials for attorneys that the firm does not own.
RESEARCH & REFERENCE â€” BOTH BILLABLE & NON-BILLABLE
Answer in-depth reference questions in a wide range of practice areas.
Compile and maintain practice specific Pathfinders to assist other in locating available research tools.
Conduct training classes on legal research strategies and resources.
Compile due diligence reports on companies involving assets, liabilities, history, and lawsuits filed against companies.
Do a variety of background checks on individuals covering assets, bankruptcies, criminal history, lawsuits, etc.
Compile legislative history reports on Texas state legislation and regulations, and occasionally Federal legislation and regulations.
Compile jury verdicts involving a variety of topics, both in state and federal courts.
Search for newspaper articles on a variety of topics and subjects, both legal and non- legal.
Locate scientific articles and papers for the patent attorneys.
Pull case law and statutes cited in briefs for attorneys, paralegals, and secretaries..
Compile information for attorneysâ€™ CLE presentations, speeches, or articles.
Verify current contact information on people and companies.
Assist with any special client development projects for attorneys and for the marketing department.
Locate court documents from all state and federal jurisdictions, using the best sources available to obtain original court documents.
Locate information on expert witnesses, including resumes, pertinent trial experience, and any published articles or papers.
Work on any special projects assigned the Chief Knowledge Services Officer.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
Undergraduate college degree, JD from an ABA accredited law school and at least three years of experience in a law firm, or equivalent environment. A masters in library and information services preferred.
Ability to read and write in order to proof and perform editing (e.g., punctuation, grammar, spelling) of routine law office correspondence and legal case matters.
Ability to use Microsoft Word and Excel competently.
Online legal research experience preferred.
Ability to organize and prioritize numerous tasks and complete them under time constraints.
Interpersonal skills necessary to communicate and follow instructions effectively from a diverse group of clients, attorneys and staff to provide information in a professional manner.
Interpersonal skills necessary to communicate in person, by e-mail and telephone to provide information in a professional manner.
Working Conditions: Normal office environment with little exposure to excessive noise and temperature.
About Jackson Walker LLP
With more than 375 attorneys in our seven Texas offices, we serve clients around the world in a broad range of practices and industries. Our clients know they can count on us to deliver personalized service, legal experience, and added value. For more than 130 years, Jackson Walker has played a vital role in the growth and development of Texas business. Since our founding in 1887, our attorneys have represented some of the most influential companies in the state in key industries that shaped the course of Texas history, including railroads, the media, and oil and gas exploration. Today, we remain firmly rooted in Texas, while serving clients around the globe.