177 Livingston Street
Brooklyn Defender Services (BDS) is one of the largest public defense providers in the United States. We represent more than 45,000 clients per year in a variety of legal proceedings in New York City. BDS represent clients in criminal, civil, family and immigration proceedings. We represent clients with diverse and multi-faceted needs in a high volume and fast-paced setting.
Brooklyn Defender Services is seeking a full time Paralegal to provide assistance for a variety of paralegal functions within the Criminal Defense Practice. We are looking for someone with a positive attitude and strong organization skills.
Knowledge of the court system and some understanding of criminal law
Prepare legal documents, including orders to produce and subpoenas
Extensive communication with city and state departments of corrections officials, court personnel and attorneys
Assist with the preparation and court filings of legal documents/pleadings
Communicate with court personnel to obtain signed subpoenas and court documents, including transcripts
Access case databases
Perform various office functions as needed: organize, scan, copy and or fax legal documents.
Serve and/or file legal documents/pleadings
Obtain copies of court files/certificate of dispositions
Training and Qualifications
Excellent organizational, communication and record-keeping skills
Ability to work independently and in a team setting
Ability to effectively prioritize and meet deadlines
Familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel
Proficiency in languages other than English is desirable, but not required
Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, Paralegal certificate from an ABA accredited paralegal program, or prior experience as a paralegal in a criminal law setting
Applicant must become a Licensed NYS Process Server and NYC Commissioner of Deeds/NYS Notary Public
Please email a cover letter, resume and list of three references to Iris Natal, Supervisor for the Paralegal Unit, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include “BDS Paralegal” in the subject line.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled
Salary will be commensurate with experience and within the parameters of BDS’s compensation scale
Minimum Education Required