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1001 Liberty Avenue
Suite 1500
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Federal Public Defender - Western District of Pennsylvania
Street address: 
1001 Liberty Avenue, Suite 1500
Job type: 
Legal - Defender
Position Description: 

The office of the Federal Defender for the Western District of Pennsylvania is accepting applications for the position of Paralegal for its Capital Habeas Unit in Pittsburgh. A capital habeas Paralegal is expected to provide assistance to attorneys and investigators in the representation of state death-sentenced inmates in federal habeas corpus proceedings. The paralegal is an integral member of the capital litigation team, and must be able to collaborate and communicate effectively with attorneys, investigators, outside institutions, consultants, and clients.

Duties include extensive document gathering from a vast array of sources, reviewing, analyzing and indexing documents, and maintaining document management database and traditional paper files. The position requires extensive use of the following computer software: Adobe Professional, CaseMap, MS Word, and IBM (Lotus) Notes. Applicants should possess advanced skills using these programs or their equivalents.


Applicant must be well organized, accurate, attentive to detail, and able to set priorities and meet critical deadlines. Previous experience with capital cases or other complex litigation is preferred. Must be able to travel and occasionally work non-traditional hours. A minimum of three years general and two years specialized experience is required.

To apply: 

Qualified applicants should submit a letter of interest and detailed resume in one Adobe pdf document by email to: [email protected], using the subject line “CPARA-2017-03".

This is a full-time position with federal salary and benefits based on qualifications and experience. The position is in the excepted service and does not have the tenure rights of the competitive Civil Service, however the position does carry regular government employment benefits including health and life insurance, retirement, and the Thrift Savings Plan. This position is subject to mandatory Electronic Funds Transfer (direct deposit) participation for payment of net pay. The selected candidate will be subject to a background check as a condition of employment. Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen or a permanent resident applying for citizenship and eligible to work in the United States. This Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Hiring for this position is dependent upon availability of funding. One or more positions may be filled from this posting. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone calls please.
Salary range: 
The starting salary range is $50,976 - 103,877, and will be based on years of experience consistent with federal guidelines and regulations.
Submission deadline: 
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Expiration date: 
Wednesday, February 1, 2017