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Courtroom Presentation Specialist
Los Angeles, CA

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Courtroom Presentation Specialist

* Provides technical advice to litigation teams on legal automation requirements and systems capabilities to facilitate litigation decisions, trial preparation and trial presentation. Applies knowledge of Federal Criminal and Civil procedures, court requirements, and district practices to implement new and enhanced computer applications needed for criminal and civil cases. Performs a wide range of information system analysis, development and installation, in support of USAO litigation support activities for assigned cases.
* Analyzes litigation support requirements to develop or recommend appropriate strategies to meet litigation needs. Recommends alternative methods and promotes the use of automated approaches as well as visual means.
* Organizes voluminous case information for efficient retrieval through automated means such as scanning, indexing and controlling of documents into a database. Assures documents are organized for efficient automated storage and retrieval by preparing appropriate indices, defining data file search criteria and indexing/coding fields.
* Monitors the progress of computer data entry effort. Prepares computerized trial presentation programs. Evaluates the efficiency of litigation support technology to ensure that it is responsive to the attorney and case needs, and that it represents the best methodology available.
* Recommends a variety of software packages including database, spreadsheet and word processing applications based on which software would be most effective for presentation of complex and voluminous evidence or the production of graphic demonstrative evidence, as well as meeting individual user needs. Monitors output from computer data system for cases to provide the AUSAs, investigators, federal agents, and paralegals with the status of each case and to process analyses on most effective trial presentation method.
* Studies, designs and develops litigation support systems to facilitate provision of legal functions. Evaluates network requirements and recommends the need for system development, modification or redesign. Analyzes information obtained from attorneys, agents, paralegals for use. Applies and in-depth knowledge of USAO and court programs, and automation requirements and characteristics to develop system design alternatives and resolve problems. Provides recommendations to attorneys and other USAO personnel as to the most technically feasible, efficient and cost effective designs needed to meet user requirements and litigation objectives through automation. Translates requirements into system specifications indicating principle components of system, format required for communications, network protocols and interoperability options for systems implementation.
* Diagnoses and resolves litigation support computer system problems and customizes databases and programs modified to meet individual user needs. Develops and evaluates procedures and computer specifications designed to ensure indexing consistency, and to maximize the ease with which documents can be retrieved from tailored data files on the computer or other storage medium. Manages and operates a variety of computer hardware such as printers, plotters, audio-visual devices, and other state-of-the-art equipment to conceptualize exhibits and complete special presentation projects.
* Performs work that involves communicating through visual means. Assure computers and VCR/TV recording equipment is in place in courtrooms and grand jury sessions. Determines the placement and appearance of visual materials that will most effectively convey the information to the court, jury, and/or witnesses. Coordinates with vendors to insure that exhibits are prepared in a timely fashion. Prepares photo boards, maps and charts and other demonstrative exhibits required for litigation.
* Maintains inventory and tracking for a variety of litigation support equipment, i.e. graphics, computer-based equipment, photographing devices, video and audio equipment, models, and other items commonly used in trial preparation and maintains same in good working order. Trains users on equipment used in the facility. Provides recommendations on the purchase and repair of equipment.
* Evaluates new developments in legal technology, including software courtroom presentation equipment and trial exhibit preparation. Recommends modifications and upgrades of services and equipment.

Minimum Requirements:

* Must be able to obtain a security clearance.
* Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a trial team through the entire pretrial and trial cycle, identifying and scanning exhibits, scripting with the attorneys, setting up the courtroom, operating and troubleshooting the system in the courtroom.
* Must be thoroughly familiar with standard courtroom presentation packages such as Trial Director and Sanction.
* Must have excellent oral communication skills.
* Must be able to work effectively as a team member in an extremely pressured environment. Must be able to travel for long periods of time.
* Must be able to work long hours for an extended period of time.
* Trial experience required.
* Familiarity with DOJ office automation environment helpful.
* Other automated litigation support experience valued.
* Works in an office setting; some walking, standing, bending and carrying of small office items is requires.
* With prior approval, works overtime depending on work and caseload.

PAE is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our hiring practices provide equal opportunity for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, gender, national origin, age, United States military veteran's status, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, family structure, medical condition including genetic characteristics or information, veteran status, or mental or physical disability so long as the essential functions of the job can be performed with or without reasonable accommodation, or any other protected category under federal, state, or local law.

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