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International Trade Specialist Paralegal

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International Trade Specialist Paralegal

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Position Summary:

The International Trade Specialist provides support to attorneys in the International Trade Group within the Regulatory Practice Area. This position will perform both billable and non-billable tasks. The International Trade Specialist works under general supervision and relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct research and draft analyses of International Trade issues, including trade remedies, sanctions compliance, export controls, trade agreements, and CFIUS/foreign direct investment, for attorneys in the practice group
  • Track developments in International Trade law, policy, and media coverage and report findings
  • Monitor and analyze trade data from numerous statistical sources
  • Draft documents, letters, and summaries for attorney review
  • Assist with ongoing trade remedies proceedings and file documents with government agencies and courts
  • Conduct sanctions screenings under attorney supervision
  • Track media, press releases, announcements, and other documents regarding international trade
  • Organize, index, and maintain electronic case matter files

Job Specifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or Paralegal Certificate with a background and interest in international trade
  • At least two (2) years of work experience
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite including intermediate proficiency in Excel
  • Strong writing, organizational, and verbal communication skills
  • Familiarity with US policy processes or international trade policy
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines and prioritize responsibilities
  • Ability to work flexible and/or fluctuating work hours
  • Ability to handle and maintain confidential information

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Demands:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit, use hands, reach with hands and arms, stoop, talk and hear
  • Employee must occasionally lift up to twenty (20) pounds

Work Environment:

Typical indoor office environment

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The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by people within this classification. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this job.