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The Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Washington (FPD) is accepting applications for a full-time criminal defense paralegal for our Seattle office. The FPD operates under the authority of the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3006A, to provide legal representation to people charged with committing federal crimes who cannot afford to hire an attorney. The Court appoints our attorneys to represent accused persons before charges are filed, upon arrest, for the appeals process, and through federal habeas corpus review.

Responsibilities: The paralegal will provide litigation support under the direction of the case attorney, the Chief Paralegal, and the Federal Defender for our clients charged with criminal offenses or involved in post-conviction proceedings in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

We hope to find a paralegal who has criminal defense experience, advocating for people accused of committing a crime even when the evidence against them may appear to be strong. The paralegal should have initiative, resourcefulness, creativity, compassion, and a desire to stand up for those with few resources. We provide a vigorous defense at trial and, if our client is convicted, at sentencing and on appeal. We advocate for humane sentences by developing mitigation evidence to present judges with fully developed views of our clients and their lives, not merely their charges.

The paralegal will collaborate with attorneys, investigators, social workers, and other staff to uphold every person’s right to be presumed innocent and to receive a fair sentence if convicted. The paralegal will provide case support at all stages of litigation; organize and maintain voluminous discovery and electronically stored information using a range of formats and platforms; review and analyze discovery and case documents; gather and maintain records; prepare pleadings efficiently and with attention to detail; identify subject-matter experts; assist with hiring and working with experts; maintain regular communication with clients and assist them with ancillary matters; prepare demonstrative evidence and exhibits for pleadings, hearings, and trials; coordinate witnesses for hearings; assist attorneys at hearings, trials, and sentencings; use presentation software such as Trial Director and PowerPoint; assist attorneys in preparing voir dire, jury instructions, and trial pleadings; prepare appellate briefs and excerpts of record; and contribute to sentencing mitigation packages including written submissions, letters of support, and videos. Paralegals in the Seattle office may be assigned to cases filed in the Tacoma courthouse.

Selection Criteria: The candidate selected will have a demonstrated commitment to quality representation and will have recent, substantial paralegal experience. Spanish fluency is a plus. The paralegal must be able to manage a full caseload, organize case materials, determine priorities, and work flexible hours. A reputation for integrity, excellent communication skills, and proficiency with litigation support technology are important considerations.

The Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Washington (FPD) is accepting applications for a full-time criminal defense paralegal for our Seattle office. The FPD operates under the authority of the Criminal…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    September 12, 2022
  • Application Deadline
    August 14, 2022
  • Education
    Other Education Requirement
  • Experience Level
    Mid-level/Managerial
Salary
USD $73,098 - USD $160,047
/ year
Salary will be based on professional experience.

Benefits

Benefits include health, long-term care, and life insurance, plus 11 paid federal holidays, 13 days of paid sick leave, and 13 days of paid vacation leave annually. (The rate of vacation accrual increases with years of service.) The position is eligible for the Federal Employees Retirement System and the Thrift Savings Plan, which matches up to 5% of employee contributions. Salary is paid biweekly and only by direct deposit.

Benefits include health, long-term care, and life insurance, plus 11 paid federal holidays, 13 days of paid sick leave, and 13 days of paid vacation leave annually. (The rate of vacation…

Location

On-site
1601 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA None, United States
Suite 700

How to Apply

Qualified persons may apply by emailing a letter of interest, résumé, and two professional references (including names, email addresses, and telephone numbers) to:

Colin Fieman

Federal Public Defender

Attn. Human Resources

Please submit application materials as PDFs via email to wawpersonnel@fd.org. Preference will be given to applications received by August 14, 2022. Only applicants granted interviews will be contacted. Initial interviews may be conducted in person or via video conference.

Qualified persons may apply by emailing a letter of interest, résumé, and two professional references (including names, email addresses, and telephone numbers) to:

Colin Fieman…

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