POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT - Office of the Federal Public Defender District of New Jersey

Mar 9, 2018

Office of the Federal Public Defender
District of New Jersey

The Federal Public Defender for the District of New Jersey is accepting applications for the 
position of Paralegal in the Newark Office. The Federal Public Defender operates under the 
authority of the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3006A, to provide defense services for indigent 
persons in federal criminal cases and related matters in the federal courts.

Requirements. Bachelor’s degree is required. Applicants shall possess either
(1) a minimum of three years general paralegal experience, including significant litigation 
support, or (2) a law or other advanced degree. Successful candidates must have excellent 
technological and organizational skills. Proficiency in trial presentation and database management 
software such as CaseMap, Summation, Concordance, Trial Director, or Sanction, is preferred. 
Employment is subject to a satisfactory background investigation including an FBI fingerprint 

Duties. The Paralegal performs legal research, assists in all aspects of case preparation, at 
hearings and at trial; coordinates testimony; compiles and maintains digest and indexes of 
substantive information; maintains banks of motions, briefs and jury instructions; drafts legal 
documents, briefs and correspondence; assists attorneys with client contact, including jail visits 
to inform clients of case status, court appearances, and other matters; and performs all other 
duties as assigned. The full position qualifications statements and positions description are 
available in this office.

How to Apply. Qualified persons may apply by emailing a letter of interest and resume in a single 
.pdf document to NJFPDResume@fd.org. To be considered, the application materials must be received 
in this format no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 23, 2018. The subject line of your email should be 
titled “Newark Paralegal”.

The Federal Public Defender is an equal-opportunity employer.
Positions are subject to funding availability.