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Managing Clerk - NYC, White Plains or Uniondale

New York, NY, USA Req #68
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Founded in 1856, Harris Beach and its subsidiaries provide a full range of legal and professional services for clients across New York state, as well as nationally and internationally. Harris Beach is among the country’s top law firms as ranked by The National Law Journal. Clients include Fortune 100 corporations, privately-held companies, emerging businesses, public sector entities, not-for-profit organizations and individuals. Principal industries Harris Beach represents include education, energy, financial, food and beverage, health care, insurance, manufacturing, medical and life sciences, real estate developers, and state and local governments and authorities. The firm’s more than 200 lawyers practice among offices throughout New York state in Albany, Buffalo, Ithaca, Melville, New York City, Rochester, Saratoga Springs, Syracuse, Uniondale and White Plains, as well as in New Haven, Connecticut and Newark, New Jersey.

Description: The Managing Clerk supports litigation attorneys in the various practice groups by providing in-depth expertise regarding docketing, court rules, Federal and State procedures, and management of various calendars firm-wide. The Managing Clerk reviews all court filings and litigation documents, calculates associated deadlines, and dockets dates as appropriate using CourtAlert, the firm-wide docketing and calendaring system. The Managing Clerk also acts as a primary resource for inquiries regarding court procedures. This position requires a high level of motivation, flexibility and initiative. The successful candidate must exhibit a positive attitude and a willingness to help.

Responsibilities:

  • Daily coordination with lawyer services to obtain copies of court documents, provide service of process and filing of documents

  • Manage day-to-day operations of the firms’ Docketing Department, including supervision of, and assistance and training to, other members of the Department

  • Review court notifications, correspondence, and NY Law Journal, and extract relevant dates to be calculated, updated, and entered into CourtAlert

  • Answer questions from attorneys and staff regarding court calendaring, civil procedure, and individual judge’s rules in State and Federal cases

  • Travel to court(s) to file documents and attend hearings when necessary

  • Monitor, analyze, and document changes in court rules

  • Consult with attorneys and staff to ensure compliance with court rules and procedures, including Appellate and Bankruptcy proceedings

  • Accurately and efficiently serve and file all court-related documents, whether manual or electronic, with various State and Federal courts

  • Prepare and provide various calendar and case reports, as well as daily reminders of upcoming deadlines to attorneys and staff

  • Insure pleadings and court filings are in proper form and in compliance with court rules and protocols, including applicable fees

  • Record all litigation documents in CourtAlert and calculate procedural due dates

  • Responsible for knowledge of e-filing protocols for State and Federal courts, in addition to maintenance of passwords

  • Provide ancillary support for electronic filing in CM/ECF and other e-filing systems

  • Monitor case progress in assigned courts, obtain decisions, orders and other relevant documents; communicate case status to responsible attorney

  • Interact with all levels of court personnel

  • Report to and work with the firms’ Risk Management Committee

Qualifications:

  • A minimum of 5 years of experience within a law firm in the Managing Attorney/Clerk's office required; prior experience as an Assistant Managing Clerk or Senior Docket Clerk preferred

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications

  • Experience utilizing MA3000, CourtAlert, or similar docketing and calendaring tools

  • Must exhibit well-developed interpersonal and client relation skills

  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills

  • Excellent organizational, analytical, and planning skills

  • Must exhibit initiative and problem-solving skills

  • Extreme attention to detail and accuracy

  • Must be able to effectively multi-task, meet deadlines and excel in a team atmosphere

  • Working knowledge of FRCP and State court rules

  • Knowledge of various court websites, docket searching and document retrieval databases required (i.e., PACER, E-Track/E-Courts, S.C.R.O.L.L., NYCAL, Courtlink and Lexis/Nexis, etc.)

  • Willingness to work with company-wide team of experienced docketing staff to provide quality services

  • General expertise in best practices regarding docketing, calendaring, and record-keeping, as they relate to mitigating risk in the legal environment

  • Licensed Notary Public helpful

  • Military experience a plus

The firm’s policy prohibiting unlawful discrimination applies to all aspects of employment, including hiring, placement, assignment of duties, training, promotion, compensation & benefits and termination. It is the policy of Harris Beach PLLC that all applicants and employees enjoy a positive, respectful and productive work environment, free from behavior, actions or language constituting unlawful harassment. Accordingly, harassment or discrimination of any kind based on an individual’s race or color, sex, age, religion, national origin, marital status, disability, military status, genetic predisposition, carrier status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, creed, domestic violence victim status or any other legally protected status is strictly prohibited. Harris Beach complies with the provisions of the Human Rights Law, all other State and Federal statutory and constitutional non-discrimination provisions including non-discrimination on the basis of prior criminal conviction and prior arrest.

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  • Pay Type Salary
  • New York, NY, USA