Research Assistant MSEA-B/Paralegal

Portland, Maine, United States Full-time

Research Assistant MSEA-B/Paralegal - Child Support Division

Office of the Attorney General, Augusta, Maine


Job Class Code: 0677

Grade: 20

Salary: $16.13 - $21.73/hour

Open for Recruitment Dates: November 5, 2018 until November 30, 2018

 Bargaining Unit: MSEA-B, ProTech

The Office of the Attorney General is seeking a highly motivated individual to fill a full-time (40 hours/week) Paralegal position located in our Portland Office. This individual will provide in-office support for heavy litigation caseloads of Assistant Attorneys General in the Child Support and Child Protection Divisions.  The ideal candidate must be enthusiastic about a career in family law and child welfare, self- directed, efficient, independent, highly organized, accurate and a great writer. The candidate must have strong interpersonal skills for working with attorneys and staff at all levels, and for communicating professionally with agency client representatives, the public, co-workers and supervisors. Strong work ethic is imperative.


Responsibilities and duties include but are not limited to:


  • Drafting pleadings, motions, orders and memoranda of law.
  • Tracking large caseloads and maintaining calendars for court appearances and deadlines.
  • Preparing responsive pleadings to complaints and motions.
  • Preparing witness subpoenas; arranging for service of process.
  • Reviewing, analyzing and responding to child support referrals from DHHS.
  • Reviewing and analyzing child protection petitions filed by DHHS; collecting supporting documentation.
  • Assisting with formal responses to discovery requests.
  • Summarizing trial transcripts for cases under appeal.
  • Preparing appendices for appeals in the Law Court.
  • Providing litigation support to busy trial attorneys with legal research and file
  • Providing backup support to office manager, when necessary.
  • Applying Maine law including Family Law, Child Protection Law, Maine Rules of Civil Procedure and Family Division
  • Any and all other responsibilities assigned by the Division Chiefs and the Office Manager


The following internet site provides information on the Office of the Attorney General, State of Maine,



Bachelor’s Degree, paralegal certification, and/or at least three (3) years of experience as a paralegal. Minimum qualifications may be met by an acceptable equivalent combination of education, experience and/or training. Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite products is essential.


Preference will be given to candidates with Westlaw and Lexis experience.


Application Instructions

If you are interested in applying for this position, prepare a cover letter highlighting your experience and qualifications that make you a strong candidate for the position and the knowledge, skills and abilities required.

Include resume, cover letter, writing sample, three references (to include one work-related reference) and complete the online direct hire application.

The Department is not responsible for late receipt of applications due to mail service, faxing malfunctions or electronic transmission malfunctions.

Job offer to new hire is conditional upon verification of credentials, criminal records, and driver’s license check, and professional license requirements if applicable.

Please direct all questions to Assistant Attorney General Nora Sosnoff or Assistant Attorney General Debby Willis at (207) 626-8800.



Value of the State of Maine share of Employee Health and Dental contributions for new employee based on the status of Employee Only and annual salary.

Dental: $13.13 biweekly

Level 1:  100% State Contribution (employee pays nothing):   $444.68 biweekly

Level 2:  95% State Contribution (employee pays 5%):             $422.45 biweekly

Level 3:  90% State Contribution (employee pays 10%):           $400.21 biweekly

Level 4:  85% State Contribution (employee pays 15%):           $377.98 biweekly


Value of the State of Maine share of Employee Retirement contributions for new employees (Employee Only):  15.37% of pay for bargaining unit members.


Other fringe benefits are available and may require employee cost contributions.


The level of actual value of state paid Health Insurance will be based on employee’s wage rate, status with regard to the health credit premium program and plan selection as of July 1, 2018. Please view employee health and benefits for premium and plan rates.


A review of benefits (subject to position/salary) are available on the following internet site, and

The State of Maine Government and Office of the Attorney General is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Diverse candidates are encouraged to apply. We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.





Portland, Maine, United States

Job Type

Full Time

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