The Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of Florida is accepting applications for the full-time position of Paralegal in our Miami office.  The Federal Public Defender, a branch of the United States Courts, an Equal Opportunity Employer, operates under the authority of the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3006A, to provide defense services to indigent persons in federal criminal cases and related matters in the federal courts.

Requirements:  The successful applicant must be a high school graduate, should have a four year college degree and/or paralegal certificate:  three years’ general experience and/or minimum of three years specialized experience.  This position requires an individual who can work, and follow through on projects, independently; has strong interpersonal skills; is able to manage multiple tasks simultaneously; and pays attention to detail. The ideal candidate will have experience in complex litigation; exceptional organizational skills; excellent research and writing abilities; a working knowledge of typical office computer applications; a commitment to capital defense; and is a team player.

Duties:  The paralegal provides a full range of paralegal services to staff attorneys.  General duties include legal research and writing, all aspects of case preparation and file management, drafting pleadings and correspondence, interviewing clients and witnesses, developing and maintaining research banks and provide litigation support.  The qualified candidate shall possess knowledge of computer assisted legal research, be proficient in word processing software, possess excellent legal research and writing skills, understanding of legal terminology and have excellent organizational skills.  Must be able to perform legal research and draft legal pleadings, motions, ensure completeness of documents and conformity with pertinent laws, rules, regulations, precedents, policies and office requirements.  Assists in all aspects of case preparation.  Prepares and reviews cases in accordance with applicable laws, rules, regulations, and precedents.  Assists attorneys at hearings and trial; evaluating testimony, coordinating witnesses and documents.  Interviews expert and fact witnesses and coordinates testimony; collects, organizes and evaluates evidence and exhibits.  Analyzes legal decisions, opinions, rulings, memoranda and related legal materials and prepares digest and indexes of same.   Supports attorney and legal personnel in the use of technological tools for the collection, review, analysis, production, and presentation of case materials.  Must be able to apply knowledge of court rules, local practices, and the Federal Criminal and Civil Rules of Procedure in analyzing litigation support requirements.  Work with the litigation team to develop and recommend appropriate strategies to meet the litigation needs of each individual case and determine specific requirements for discovery and third party evidence collection, review, analysis production, and presentation of case materials.  Work closely with the litigation team to understand substantive issues of the case.  Apply knowledge of the various aspects of litigation support dealing with paper and e-paper, including but not limited to, scanning, OCRing, logical unitization, objective coding, document review, load files and production.  Apply knowledge of the various aspects of litigation support dealing with courtroom presentations including, but not limited to the use of courtroom presentation software, timeline and diagramming applications, and ability to set up and operate audio/video equipment.  While performing the duties of this job, the individual is regularly required to sit and talk or hear.  The individual frequently is required to use hands to touch, handle, or feel.  The individual is frequently required to stand, walk and reach with hands and arms.  The individual must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Frequent travel to court locations and detention facilities may be required.

The selected candidate will be subject to a background check a condition of employment and could be subject to an additional government security clearance on some cases. 


Salary and Benefits: This is a full-time position, and federal salary and benefits apply.  The salary for this position will be based on experience and qualifications and the Judiciary Salary Plan.  This position is subject to mandatory electronic transfer (direct deposit) participation of net pay.


How to Apply: No telephone calls please. Qualified persons may apply by submitting a letter of interest outlining experience, resume, two work references and a writing sample in ONE PDF format to:

Raisa Gonzalez

Human Resources Specialist

Federal Public Defenders Office

150 West Flagler Street, Suite 1500

Miami, Florida 33130

Or via e-mail to:

[email protected]

Only applicants selected for an interview with be contacted. Hiring for this position is subject to the availability of funds in the final appropriation.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  All responses will remain confidential.

The Federal Public Defender is an Equal-Opportunity Employer.

All applicants, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin,

gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, disability,

or age, are encouraged to apply.

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