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222 Third Avenue S.E., Suite 290
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Federal Public Defender, Iowa N & S
Street address: 
222 Third Avenue S.E., Suite 290
Cedar Rapids
Job type: 
Legal - Defender
Position Description: 

The Federal Public Defender for the Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa is seeking applicants for a Paralegal to be stationed at our Cedar Rapids office. The Federal Public Defender, a branch of the United States Courts, operates under authority of the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C. 3006A, to provide defense services in federal criminal cases and related matters in the federal courts.

The Paralegal provides support services to staff attorneys. Duties of the Paralegal include all aspects of case preparation and file management; gathering, organizing, summarizing and indexing of electronic and paper documents and discovery material; assisting with client contact; assisting attorneys at hearings and trials; and litigation support services using advanced software programs. This position requires excellent skills in prioritization and organization, the ability to work independently and cooperatively, and excellent communications skills. Applicants must be flexible and willing to assist attorneys in crisis situations and also work with the attorneys in all aspects of case presentations and correspondence.


To qualify for the position of Paralegal, a person must be a high school graduate or the equivalent and must have a minimum of three years general and three years specialized experience. Some higher education may be substituted for general experience. Must have a working knowledge of law office operations, legal practices, methods and techniques. Must possess an understanding of paralegal and secretarial duties in a legal environment. Travel to court locations and detention facilities throughout Iowa required. Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or eligible to work in the United States.

The successful applicant will have a working knowledge of law office operations, legal practices, methods and techniques, an understanding of paralegal duties in a legal environment, and an understanding of criminal law, procedure and evidence. Preference will be given to applicants with criminal paralegal and litigation support experience, and a college degree or certification in paralegal studies.

The selected candidate will be subject to a background check or investigation as a condition of employment. Employment will be considered provisional until a satisfactory background check and favorable suitability determination is confirmed.

To apply: 

Electronically submit resume and cover letter by October 31, 2018 to [email protected]. The email subject line must read: Cedar Rapids Paralegal 1902. Only applicants considered for an interview will be contacted. No telephone calls please. The Federal Public Defender is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Salary range: 
Commensurate with experience.
Submission deadline: 
Wednesday, October 31, 2018