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Paralegal
The Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Washington (FPD) is accepting applications for a full-time criminal defense paralegal for our Seattle office. The FPD operates under the authority of the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3006A, to provide legal representation to people charged with committing federal crimes who cannot afford to hire an attorney. The Court appoints our attorneys to represent accused persons before charges are filed, upon arrest, for the appeals process, and through federal habeas corpus review.

The paralegal will provide litigation support under the direction of the case attorney, the Chief Paralegal, and the Federal Defender for our clients charged with criminal offenses or involved in post-conviction proceedings in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The paralegal will collaborate with attorneys, investigators, social workers, and other staff to uphold every person’s right to be presumed innocent and to receive a fair sentence if convicted.

The successful candidate must have a college degree including coursework in paralegal studies (or the equivalent of three years of general experience) and a minimum of three years of paralegal experience. Partial telework is available for this position. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, or meet the requirements of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, and must be available to start no later than September 30, 2022. Offers are contingent upon applicants being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of hire date. As a condition of employment, candidates must be fingerprinted and complete a background check. A prior criminal conviction is not necessarily disqualifying.

Visit our website at https://waw.fd.org/careers/employment to learn more. Qualified persons may apply by emailing a letter of interest, résumé, and two professional references (including names, email addresses, and telephone numbers) to:

Colin Fieman
Federal Public Defender
Attn. Human Resources

Please submit application materials as PDFs via email to wawpersonnel@fd.org. Preference will be given to applications received by August 14, 2022. Only applicants granted interviews will be contacted. Initial interviews may be conducted in person or via video conference.
Position: Paralegal
Organization: Federal Public Defender - Western District of Washington
Location: Seattle,  WA 
United States
Salary: Starting range: $73,098 to $123,114 | Full Range $95,022 - $160,047
Posting Start Date: 9/15/2022
Date Posted: 7/15/2022
Requirements We hope to find a paralegal who has criminal defense experience, advocating for people accused of committing a crime even when the evidence against them may appear to be strong. The paralegal should have initiative, resourcefulness, creativity, compassion, and a desire to stand up for those with few resources. 

The paralegal will provide litigation support under the direction of the case attorney, the Chief Paralegal, and the Federal Defender for our clients charged with criminal offenses or involved in post-conviction proceedings in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The paralegal will collaborate with attorneys, investigators, social workers, and other staff to uphold every person’s right to be presumed innocent and to receive a fair sentence if convicted. 

The paralegal will provide case support at all stages of litigation; organize and maintain voluminous discovery and electronically stored information using a range of formats and platforms; review and analyze discovery and case documents; gather and maintain records; prepare pleadings efficiently and with attention to detail; identify subject-matter experts; assist with hiring and working with experts; maintain regular communication with clients and assist them with ancillary matters; prepare demonstrative evidence and exhibits for pleadings, hearings,
and trials; coordinate witnesses for hearings; assist attorneys at hearings, trials, and sentencings; use presentation software such as Trial Director and PowerPoint; assist attorneys in preparing
voir dire, jury instructions, and trial pleadings; prepare appellate briefs and excerpts of record; and contribute to sentencing mitigation packages including written submissions, letters of support, and videos. Paralegals in the Seattle office may be assigned to cases filed in the Tacoma courthouse.
Status: This listing expires on: 10/13/2022
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Name:
Federal Public Defender - Western District of Washington
Address:
1601 Fifth Avenue, Suite 700

Seattle,  WA 98101
United States
Email:
wawpersonnel@fd.org
Phone:
(206) 553-1100
Fax:
Contact:
Madeline Scarp