Employment

Paralegal – Habeas Units
Posted: February 25, 2019

The Federal Public Defender, District of Nevada is now accepting applications for a Paralegal position in our habeas units. This is a full-time position based in Las Vegas. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

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Applicants should have experience in the criminal justice field and possess good writing skills. Other duties include but are not limited to: gathering records; reviewing, organizing and managing voluminous case files; analyzing legal documents and preparing memoranda and legal pleadings; coding and database entry; and providing support to attorneys and other team members at all stages of the proceedings. Applicants should have a working knowledge of the criminal justice system and a personality that allows them to deal with many different types of individuals.  Computer literacy is required. Familiarity with the document management program, e.g., Summation, is a plus. Some travel is required.

A minimum of three years’ experience is required. Possession of a related bachelor or associate degree is preferred. Applicants must also possess the necessary initiative, ingenuity, attention to detail, and judgment needed to perform the duties outlined. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required.

Send resume with work references and writing sample to

Please e-mail a resume, a cover letter, and three references in .pdf format to the attention of:

James Morgan
Personnel Administrator
Office of the Federal Public Defender
411 E. Bonneville, Suite 250

Positions Open Until Filled.  Priority consideration offered to those applicants who respond by March 22, 2019.

The Federal Public Defender is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants must be a United States citizen, or a person authorized to work in the United States and receive compensation from this agency. Employment is subject to a satisfactory background investigation, including an FBI name and fingerprint check.

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Assistant Federal Public Defender – Capital Habeas Unit
Posted: February 25, 2019

The Federal Public Defender is accepting applications for an Assistant Federal Public Defender position in the Capital Habeas Unit.  This is a full time position located in Las Vegas.

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Applicants must possess demonstrated commitment to poverty law or indigent criminal defense, strong writing, oral advocacy ability and litigation experience in at least one of the following areas:  criminal law especially in habeas corpus litigation, and/or complex federal court civil litigation.  The position requires occasional travel.  Applicants must be team oriented, have at least three years of relevant experience and be immediately able to undertake representation of habeas petitioners currently litigating in every stage of the habeas proceedings.

 

Each applicant must be a member in good standing of a state bar.  Federal salary and benefits are based upon qualifications and experience, consistent with federal guidelines and regulations.  Hiring is based upon the availability of funding.

Qualified persons may apply by forwarding a letter of interest, a resume with experience described in detail, three references, and a representative writing sample to:

James Morgan
Personnel Administrator
411 East Bonneville, Suite 250
Las Vegas, NV 89101
James_Morgan@fd.org

Position open until filled.  Priority consideration given to those who apply by Friday, March 22, 2019.

The Federal Public Defender is an equal opportunity employer.  Applicants must be a United States citizen, or a person authorized to work in the United States and receive compensation from this agency.  Employment is subject to a satisfactory background investigation, including an FBI name and fingerprint check.

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Legal Assistant – Capital Habeas Unit
Posted: February 21, 2019

The Federal Public Defender, District of Nevada, is accepting applications for a legal assistant position in our Capital Habeas Unit (CHU). This is a full-time position located in Las Vegas.

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Applicants must have excellent word processing skills (i.e., Microsoft Word), telephone and filing abilities, well-developed communication and organizational skills, and the ability to work under pressure in a high-volume, and sometimes, fast- paced environment.  Legal secretarial experience in criminal defense work is preferred.  Bachelor’s degree is preferred.

Please e-mail a resume, a cover letter, and three references in .pdf format to the attention of:

James Morgan
Personnel Administrator
Office of the Federal Public Defender
411 E. Bonneville, Suite 250

Position Open Until Filled.

The Federal Public Defender is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants must be a United States citizen, or a person authorized to work in the United States and receive compensation from this agency. Employment is subject to a satisfactory background investigation, including an FBI name and fingerprint check.

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Assistant Federal Public Defender, Trial Unit – Las Vegas Office
Posted: January 09, 2019

The Federal Public Defender is accepting applications for an Assistant Federal Public Defender in the Trial Unit.  This is a full-time position located in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The Trial Unit represents indigent persons charged with criminal offenses in the United States District Court and provides appellate representation in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Applicants must have criminal trial experience, preferably more than five years, as well as excellent oral advocacy and solid legal research and writing skills.  A working knowledge of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines is a plus.  The selected applicants should expect to defend the full range of federal criminal offenses, including guns, drugs, child pornography, white collar, and immigration crimes.  The position requires travel for litigation and investigation.

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Applicants must be members in good standing of a state bar.  Salary is commensurate with experience and education, and is equivalent to salaries for Assistant U.S. Attorneys with similar experience.   The position is open until filled.

To apply, send a cover letter, resume, references and a writing sample to:

James Morgan
Personnel Administrator
411 East Bonneville, Suite 250
Las Vegas, NV 89101
James_Morgan@fd.org

The Federal Public Defender is an equal opportunity employer.  Applicants must be a United States citizen, or a person authorized to work in the United States and receive compensation from this agency.  Employment is subject to a satisfactory background investigation, including an FBI name and fingerprint check.

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Litigation Support Specialist
Posted: November 15, 2018

The Federal Public Defender – Nevada is accepting applications for a Litigation Support Specialist.  This is a full-time position located in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The position supports both the Las Vegas and Reno offices and requires travel.

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This is a dynamic position that combines advanced computer, paralegal, and organizational skills.  We are looking for applicants with strong communication and people skills who are able to work independently and on teams.  The litigation support specialist supports the defense team in three main areas:  (1) loading, processing, and assisting with discovery organization and strategic planning; (2) assisting defense teams in learning and using litigation support tools; and (3) preparing and presenting effective courtroom presentations.

For discovery processing, the litigation support specialist must be able to load, scan, OCR, and organize document files.  Applicants must be able to load media files and locate appropriate players.  The litigation support specialist will assist defense teams in determining how to organize and search discovery by using tools such as Adobe, Excel, dtSearch, CaseMap, Summation, Eclipse, Sanctions, and CasePoint.  Knowledge and experience with some or all of these programs are necessary.

The litigation support specialist must be able to work closely with the defense team and explain the nature of the discovery received and possible options for organization. Applicants must also be able to teach and work with the defense team to effectively use litigation support software and applications.  Thus, a technical background, knowledge of the criminal defense function, and a strong paralegal background are highly desirable.

Litigation support specialists must also assist in courtroom presentations in hearings and trials. Experience using Powerpoint, Trial Director, Microsoft Movie Maker, and similar programs is strongly preferred, as is operating audio/video equipment, cameras, and video cameras.

This is a position that can grow with the applicant especially a person who can handle multiple projects, meet deadlines, work with teams to develop and support case theory/defenses, communicate effectively, and think creatively.

Applicants must be a high school graduate or the equivalent and have experience in the legal field, especially as a paralegal and preferably in the criminal law arena.   A Bachelor’s degree is preferred.

To apply, send via e-mail, a cover letter, resume, three references, and a writing sample to:

James Morgan
Personnel Administrator
411 East Bonneville, Suite 250
Las Vegas, NV 89101
James_Morgan@fd.org

The Federal Public Defender is an equal opportunity employer.  Applicants must be a United States citizen, or a person authorized to work in the United States and receive compensation from this agency.  Employment is subject to a satisfactory background investigation, including an FBI name and fingerprint check.

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