Metra is one of the largest and most complex commuter rail systems in North America, serving Cook, DuPage, Will, Lake, Kane, and McHenry Counties. The agency is linking communities in Northeastern Illinois by providing safe, reliable, and efficient commuter service.
Metra’s Law Department’s core mission is to provide legal guidance and support to the Board of Directors, the executive team and every other department in the organization. The department focuses on preventing legal issues at every feasible level, as well as defending the agency’s position if issues arise. The Law Department supports Metra’s transportation mission by guiding the agency through the myriad of restrictions and mandates of federal, state and local statutes, regulations, and ordinances. The Department is comprised of three basic divisions: General Corporate/Ethics, Litigation and Risk Management, and Real Estate and Grants.
Reporting directly to the Deputy General Counsel, the Paralegal will assist in responding to, gathering and preparing answers for requests for information in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act; conducting basic research and analysis; and ensuring corporate compliance with applicable Federal and State law including but not limited to the Regional Transportation Authority Act, State Official and Employee Ethics Act, Freedom of Information Act and Open Meetings Act. Additional duties including document review and analysis and contract interpretation and preparation.
Candidates can expect salary offers that range from the minimum to the mid-point of the salary range. Metra provides full pay ranges so candidate can consider their growth potential.
Metra is a railroad employer subject to the provisions of the Railroad Retirement Tax Act, not the Social Security Administration.
Must possess a Paralegal Certificate from an ABA accredited institution or be actively enrolled in a Paralegal Certificate program from an ABA accredited institution with an expected completion date within six (6) months of hire.
In addition to #1, must have two (2) years of paralegal experience performing the following: conducting legal research; drafting and issuing discovery, preparing legal documents; scheduling, docketing, attending routine court appearances; and maintaining legal files.
Familiar with court procedures and case management.
Excellent oral and written communication and organizational skills.
Able to perform legal research and drafting
Proficient in: Microsoft Office Suite: Word, Excel and PowerPoint; Adobe; Westlaw.
Metra is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is our policy to fill vacant positions with qualified candidates without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, gender identity, disability, or any protected categories, assuming an individual can perform the essential functions of the job with or without accommodation.
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