The Tennessee Office of the Post-Conviction Defender (OPCD) is accepting applications for a paralegal.
The OPCD is an independent agency of the Tennessee state government. The agency represents people sentenced to death in Tennessee and provides non-case-specific assistance and educational resources to appointed counsel in capital cases. Direct representation focuses on the investigation and presentation of collateral claims in state courts, primarily in post-conviction proceedings. The OPCD handles cases throughout Tennessee and travel is required. Please see www.tnpcdo.net for further details.
Paralegal duties include:
• Working as part of a defense case team under the direction of attorneys
• Developing good working relationships with clients
• Locating, collecting, compiling, processing, and summarizing gathered information, including but not limited to court, social, medical, and law enforcement records
• Assisting attorneys in developing factual support for claims
• Identifying and discussing issues with attorneys and investigators regarding client representation
• Preparing and maintaining core case documents and lists, such as timelines, witness lists, genograms, etc.
• Maintaining case files and databases
• Entering information into databases for access by attorneys and investigators
• Operating computerized systems for managing documents and gathering and tracking client information
• Maintaining integrity of original documents
• Performing factual research
• Participating in limited field investigation
• Handling administrative aspects of retaining experts by managing documents exchanged with experts, tracking their hours on the case, and facilitating communication between the Administrative Office of the Courts and experts as required for processing of invoices for payment
• Preparing for evidentiary hearings by organizing, coding, and summarizing information and documents, including preparation of exhibits
• Participating in week-long post-conviction evidentiary hearings across the state by assisting attorneys, investigators, and witnesses
• Editing and formatting pleadings, assembling exhibits, and working with other support staff to file the pleadings
• High school diploma
• Ability to travel, occasionally overnight
• A valid driver’s license
• Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
• College degree
• Demonstrated interest in criminal indigent defense or public interest
• Prior experience working in the criminal justice system
Interested candidates should send: 1) a cover letter discussing their experience, skills, and interest in death penalty work; 2) a resume; 3) three professional references; and 4) a short writing sample to [email protected]. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.