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Public Defense Paralegal
The King County Department of Public Defense in Seattle, WA, seeks skilled paralegals, a fantastic position for someone with a passion for client advocacy and social and racial justice and strong legal skills.

Public defense paralegals work in a fast-paced environment as part of a client-centered defense team advocating for the client’s objectives. Their duties vary, depending on the needs of the client, but often include researching the law, reviewing cases, analyzing data, and organizing evidence. Paralegals also draft correspondence, pleadings, and motions; prepare case files; assemble trial binders; obtain documents by subpoena; communicate with clients, family members, and others; and coordinate parties and witnesses in advance of hearings and trials.

To apply, visit King County's career page

Listing closes at midnight, Jan. 22, 2023
Position: Public Defense Paralegal
Organization: King County Department of Public Defense
Location: Seattle,  WA 
United States
Salary: $69,368 to $88,358 + excellent benefits
Posting Start Date:
Date Posted: 1/9/2023
  • A Bachelor's degree from an accredited university or a certification from an accredited paralegal training institution and three years of related experience, or any combination of experience/education/training that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the work.

  • Knowledge of the Guidelines for Criminal Defense adopted by the Washington State Bar Association.

  • Knowledge of the role of the attorney-client relationship and the requirement to adhere to the Washington State Bar Association Rules of Professional Conduct.

  • Knowledge of civil and criminal law and terminology, court rules and procedures. Knowledge of legal research methods and practices.

  • Knowledge of interviewing techniques.

  • Ability to provide support in the building of a strong attorney/client relationship. Knowledge of general office procedures, equipment, and administration.

  • Advanced skills in writing pleadings, motions, and briefs.

  • Ability to ensure work performed conforms with prevailing professional standards and applicable statutes and county policy.

  • Skill in handling multiple competing priorities, sensitive situations, and crisis situations, and an ability to function well under time pressure.

  • Skill in interpreting complex legal documents, instruments, regulations, and laws. Skill in working with a variety of individuals from diverse backgrounds.

  • Ability to work both independently and as a team member.

  • Skill in using office software programs, including word processing (MS Word), spreadsheet (MS Excel), database software, proprietary case management systems, and email (MS Outlook).

  • A valid Washington State Driver's License or the ability to travel throughout the county in a timely manner.

Status: This listing expires on: 4/9/2023
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Organization Information
King County Department of Public Defense
710 2nd Ave
Suite 200
Seattle,  WA 98104
United States
Falisha Forgash