Paralegal (Capital Habeas Unit)

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Job location
850 W. Adams St., Ste 201
Phoenix, AZ 85007
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Federal Public Defender Office, District of Arizona
Street address: 
850 W. Adams St., Ste 201
Job type: 
Legal - Defender
Position Description: 

THE FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER for the District of Arizona is accepting applications for the position of a full-time paralegal to be stationed in Phoenix. More than one position may be filled from this announcement. The Federal Public Defender operates under authority of Title 18, United States Code, Section 3006A(g)(2)(A), to provide federal criminal defense services by court appointment to individuals unable to afford counsel. The staff of the Capital Habeas Unit represents men and women under a sentence of death.

Duties. The paralegal provides assistance in the representation of death sentenced clients in federal habeas corpus proceedings. Duties include, but are not limited to, word processing support, litigation support (both in and out of court), case preparation, maintenance of files, organizing and indexing discovery, evidence and exhibits, as well as locating and retrieving documents, information and records from outside sources, client communication, and assisting
in-field investigations. The full Position Qualifications Statement and Position Description are available for inspection in this office.

Salary and Benefits. The starting salary for the paralegal position will be fixed commensurate with the experience and qualifications of the applicant within a range from JSP 11, Step 1, to JSP 13, Step 1, and currently yielding $60,681 to $86,488 per annum. The position is in the excepted service and does not carry the tenure rights of the competitive Civil Service. The position does include regular Government employee benefits including health and life insurance, retirement, and the Thrift Savings Plan. Salary is payable only by Electronic Funds Transfer (direct deposit). All positions are at will and are subject to the availability of funds.


Requirements. To qualify a person must be a high school graduate or equivalent and have at least three years of general experience and three years of specialized experience; some higher education may be substituted for specialized experience. Bachelor’s degree preferred. Personal-computer, advanced word-processing skills, and law-office experience are required. Law office experience in a criminal defense firm preferred. Computer literacy and experience with Word, Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Excel, CaseMap, Westlaw and Lexis is required, use of PowerPoint, Trial Director, and Summation is preferred. Employment is subject to a satisfactory background investigation.

To apply: 

How to Apply. Qualified persons may apply by sending via e-mail a letter of interest and resume to the Personnel Administrator, Federal Public Defender, District of Arizona, at [email protected]. (Letter of interest and references must be included). Position announced October 3, 2016; open until filled.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Salary range: 
$60,681 - $86,488
Submission deadline: 
Saturday, December 31, 2016