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Position Announcement: Paralegal

Date Posted: Tuesday, July 2, 2019
Tuesday, July 2, 2019

The Federal Defender for the District of Connecticut is accepting applications for a Paralegal position. Job Description: The majority of work includes, but is not limited to, discovery processing/organization/analysis; mitigation investigation (including but not limited to interviewing clients in and out of prison, interviewing client family members, drafting social history memoranda, and records requests and digesting); development of treatment planning and release/reentry planning; developing relationships with treatment providers and other stakeholders in the court system; database creation/administration; document review with clients; computer-assisted legal research; litigation support; development/presentation of evidence; case preparation; records request and tracking; and assistance with CJA panel administration/training.

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Assistant Federal Defender

Date Posted: Tuesday, June 4, 2019

The Office of the Federal Defender for the District of Connecticut has an opening for an Assistant Federal Defender. The Federal Defender operates under authority of the Criminal Justice Act, U.S.C. 3006A, to provide defense services to indigent persons in federal criminal cases. The position is at will and not covered by the Civil Service Act.


Applicant must have the ability to immediately undertake the defense of major criminal cases in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, as well as in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Applicant must be a law school graduate and an active member in good standing of the bar in any state. Applicant should have substantial criminal trial experience, knowledge of federal criminal trial practice and federal sentencing guidelines, must possess excellent research, writing and oral advocacy skills, experience in computer-assisted legal research, the ability to understand and manage complex factual and legal issues, and a reputation for integrity and commitment to the representation of those unable to afford counsel. An Assistant Federal Defender may not engage in the private practice of law.


The Federal Defender litigates cases in three seats of court (Hartford, New Haven, and Bridgeport).
This is a full-time position with federal salary and benefits based on qualification and experience. Salary is on a scale equivalent to that of Assistant United States Attorneys. This position is subject to mandatory electronic transfer (direct deposit) participation for payment of net pay.


No phone calls, please. To apply, send cover letter, resume, three references, and a recent writing sample no later than June 21, 2019 to:
Federal Defender
10 Columbus Blvd, FL 6
Hartford, CT 06106-1976
or by e-mail to elizabeth_mclaughlin@fd.org


Current and future positions may be filled from this vacancy announcement. The Office of the Federal Defender is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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