Three Positions: Washington, D.C.

Position: Research Technology Analyst

Location: Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP

Originally posted on AALL Career Center


Primary Responsibilities

  • Assist with testing, configuring, updating, and troubleshooting the department’s current electronic tools, resources, and systems by working with vendors, IT, and research staff.
  • Participate in the ongoing assessment and enhancement efforts of the department to select, implement, and provide access to electronic resources.
  • Coordinates with Research Operations group regarding passwords and access related to staff arrival and departure workflows and maintaining online subscriptions.
  • Assists in administration and updating of the electronic resource management tool Onelog.
  • Monitors the workflow ticketing system and responds to user inquiries concerning electronic resource access and issues.
  • Creates and updates user awareness documentation for digital research resources, including but not limited to access instructions and troubleshooting information.
  • Works cooperatively with Research Services and other departments to promote the use of digital tools and resources to serve our users.
  • Implements and supports authentication methods as appropriate, including the use of IP authentication, password, SSO, and API technology in compliance with associated licensing agreements.
  • Assists in video production, editing, and uploading of training presentations to firm’s course site
  • Assists in providing regular updates to Research Services management and staff on the status of ongoing projects and resolution of electronic resources issues.
  • Performs other duties as assigned .
  • Working hours may vary in order to support the team in all US time zones / throughout the US domestic offices.


A bachelor’s degree is required. A master’s degree in Library Science (MLS) is preferred, or a master’s degree in another specialty may be considered in lieu of the MLS. A minimum of 2 years of experience in a technical or research role may be substituted for the master’s degree.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Strong technology and analytics skills, with attention to detail and quality of work product with demonstrated initiative, task management, organizational, and problem-solving skills to handle multiple projects and shifting priorities.
  • Keen interest in innovation and technology, and ability to quickly learn new platforms and appropriate technological solutions to support changing operational goals and institutional needs.
  • Strong customer service orientation, with experience communicating with technical and non-technical peers; including excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team player with diverse people.

 Preferred experience with and understanding of legal research workflow and previous experience relating to research and analysis.

Technical Proficiencies:

  • Microsoft Office, particularly Excel, OneNote, Teams, and Outlook, and familiarity with SharePoint.
  • Familiarity with video conferencing and video editing tools
  • Familiarity with legal research platforms such as Westlaw, Lexis Advance, Bloomberg Law, VitalLaw, PACER, HeinOnline, and others preferred

Position: Senior Research Analyst/Legal Researcher

Location: Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Originally posted on AALL Career Center.


Sr. Research Analyst/Legal Researcher:

Steptoe, an AmLaw100 firm, is seeking an experienced researcher to join its highly collaborative Research & Information Services Department. As a member of our professional research team, this position will support ongoing cases and business development initiatives, working with attorneys and staff in all firm departments. We are looking for a skilled and creative researcher—an individual with demonstrated expertise using general CALR services, specialized databases, analytic platforms, and docketing, news, and open web sources. Substantive knowledge of the law and legal bibliography is required, as are strong oral and written communication skills, including the ability to summarize and concisely deliver complex results. Other responsibilities will include providing current awareness services, and participating in training programs and knowledge initiatives. Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications and document management systems is required. Minimum qualifications include a four year degree, at least five years of substantive research experience, a JD or MLS (both degrees preferred), and a commitment to customer service. The position assumes the ability to work remotely in a fast-paced hybrid environment, both collaboratively with other researchers and independently. 

 Please apply here:

The ideal candidate will be based in the firm’s DC office, but we may consider applicants who can reside in the Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, or New York office.

  • Must be able to comply with all safety requirements in our workplace which may include provision of proof of full vaccination for COVID-19 and adherence to other safety protocols implemented.

Steptoe is an equal opportunity employer EOE/AA/Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran. All inquiries will be held in strict confidence. We strongly encourage qualified women, minorities, Veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ+ community to apply.

Position: Research Analyst

Location: Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Originally posted on AALL Career Center. 


Research Analyst

Steptoe & Johnson LLP, a Washington, DC-based Am Law 100 law firm, is seeking a Research Analyst to join its Research & Information Services Department. The position is based in the Washington, DC office.

The Research Analyst will be responsible for incoming reference and research requests, and will participate in the general professional research services program of the Department.


 ·     Perform legal and legislative research in support of the firm’s diverse practices, ensuring that questions and projects are understood, that best sources are consulted, and that research is conducted cost efficiently and effectively.

 ·     Perform non-legal, factual background research – on corporations, industries, individuals, events, etc. – cost efficiently in support of cases and firm matters.

 ·     Analyze research results and exercise professional judgment about relevance of research materials and their inclusion in the results delivered to requesting attorneys.

 ·     Communicate results in a targeted, concise response (oral or written), appropriate to each particular request.

 ·     Participate in additional departmental initiatives including monitoring and current awareness service, training of attorneys and staff, collection and database evaluation, and other special projects as needed.

 ·     Provide deliverables to clients, directly, on request, including newsletters and regular updates.

 ·     Operate successfully as a member of the RIS team, working on projects both independently and jointly, as appropriate; delegating secondary tasks to paraprofessionals; offering assistance and guidance where necessary; and following departmental protocols and policies.

 ·     Participate in the shared rotation of reference duties.


 ·       Master’s in Library Science or equivalent work experience.

 ·       JD preferred.

 ·       Knowledge of standard legal research and specialized sources.

 ·       Strong writing skills.

 ·       Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.

 Success Factors

 ·       Good problem-solving skills.

 ·       Self-management skills.

 ·       Intellectual curiosity

 Work Environment

 ·      Non-smoking environment.

 ·      Able to work in a hybrid work environment. Two days a week in the office from 9:00 – 5:30pm, Monday through Friday.

 ·      Must be available to work beyond regular hours, including some weekends and evenings

 ·      Must be accessible remotely.

 ·      Must be able to work under tight deadlines and stressful situations

 ·      Must be able to lift and carry 25 pounds

 ·      Must be able to comply with all safety requirements in our workplace, which may include provision of proof of full vaccination for COVID-19 and adherence to other safety protocols implemented

 Please apply here:

 Steptoe & Johnson LLP is an equal opportunity employer EOE/AA/Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, mental or physical disability, genetic information, or any basis proscribed by applicable statutes.