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Office: Los Angeles or San Francisco Department: Research & Information Services Reports To: Research Services Manager FLSA Status: Exempt Schedule: Core Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., M-F, unless otherwise approved; additional hours as required
GENERAL SUMMARY: Under general supervision of the Research Services Manager and following prescribed department, office and firm procedures, the Research Specialist is responsible for responding to user requests for all types of assistance. The Research Specialist is expected to serve as a positive role model and mentor, and to perform all responsibilities with a commitment to providing superior service to the firm’s clients, attorneys, advisors and staff, and maintaining an atmosphere of teamwork and continuous improvement. Above all, the Research Specialist must fulfill the needs of the firm in a manner which is consistent with the Firm's Core Values.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (Duties are performed throughout every work day, as necessary):
Perform reference and research duties, including responding to user requests for information from internal and external resources, onsite and offsite materials, and print and non-print media; supports research needs of attorneys, paralegals, and marketing , particularly for the firm’s Environmental, Financial Restructuring, IP, and Real Estate practices.
Perform online searches using such external databases as Westlaw, LexisAdvance, Docket Navigator, Lex Machina, DebtWire, Bloomberg among others.
Analyze internal and external data sources for use in the firm’s business intelligence efforts.
Coordinate interlibrary loans, including responding to incoming requests from other firms;.
Perform electronic current awareness monitoring, analyzing the results and providing appropriate information to attorneys.
Coordinate with assigned practice groups and departmental staff in the recommendation and consolidation of practice group’s resources, including both recommendations for purchase and cancellations.
OTHER ESSENTIAL DUTIES (Duties are performed periodically, as necessary):
Handle requests from management, and attorneys from other firm offices, both domestically and internationally.
Provide back-up coverage in the event of other department staff member absences.
Schedule and follow-up on online database training for attorneys, paralegals and others, including initial skills assessment.
Maintain awareness of current legal and business research materials, techniques and resources; build research skills in new areas of the law.
Assist in resolving technical problems and issues, as appropriate.
Handle administrative and other projects as assigned.
ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Ability to read, write and speak English
Substantive reference and research skills including familiarity with the wide range of legal and business materials found in a various practices
Substantive understanding of legal literature, its organization and availability in a multitude of formats
Familiarity with standard business print and online resources
Familiarity with emerging technologies and their licensing methods
Excellent written and oral communication skills, including grammar, spelling and punctuation
Strong working knowledge of Excel, PowerPoint and Word, and document management systems
Proficiency on office equipment used on a regular basis including computers, printers, copy machines, facsimile machines and telephones
Ability to work independently, take initiative, set priorities and see projects through completion
Ability to meet deadlines and respond to changing priorities
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s reputation as an outstanding, service-oriented global law firm begins with our people. Collegiality, Commitment, Excellence, Integrity and Intensity are the core values and guiding principles behind how we approach our work and how we approach working with each other.
The diverse talents and essential contributions of our professional and administrative staf...f and paralegals are one of our strongest assets. We seek to attract, develop and retain the very best professional and administrative talent in the legal services industry by providing a dynamic work culture that promotes respect, diversity, collaboration, service and growth. We also offer comprehensive benefits designed to help our employees balance their work/life responsibilities, as well as continuing professional development opportunities. The long tenure of our employees speaks to the strength and appeal of our culture and values.
We recognize that people desire to be part of something, to make a difference. Our professional and administrative staff not only team with our lawyers to provide stellar service to our clients, but also work side by side with our lawyers to make a difference in our communities by tutoring and mentoring children in local schools; donating clothes, goods and other services to those re-entering the workforce or in need; and participating in fun-runs and other fundraisers for various charitable causes.