The Federal Public Defenderfor the Western District of Texas is accepting applications for the position of legal assistant, to be stationed in the Austin office. The Federal Public Defender operates under authority of the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C. 3006A, to provide defense services in federal criminal cases and related matters by appointment from the court to individuals unable to afford counsel.
To qualify for an entry-level legal assistant, a person must be a high school graduate or equivalent and have at least two years of general experience and one year of specialized experience. Some higher education may be substituted for experience. All candidates must be proficient with the use of a personal computer, with an emphasis in Word and other Windows-based applications. Advanced word-processing skills, a demonstrated ability to analyze and apply relevant policies and procedures, and Spanish-language fluency are required. Law office experience is preferred. Employment is subject to a satisfactory background investigation, including but not limited to an FBI name and fingerprint check.
Legal assistants provide secretarial and clerical support to three or more attorneys; maintain attorneys’ calendars of court settings and filing deadlines; answer general telephone inquiries regarding attorneys’ activities; maintain attorneys’ case files; prepare legal documents, briefs, and general correspondence using Word; review outgoing documents for accuracy; perform conflict checks. Primary duties of the legal assistant include heavy word-processing, record keeping, filing, photocopying, routing mail, answering and routing telephone calls, running documents to the courthouse, and other duties as assigned. The full position qualification’s statement with position description is available upon request.
Persons may apply by forwarding a letter of interest (mentioning announcement 18-16), and résumé to: Maureen Scott Franco, Federal Public Defender, Western District of Texas, 504 Lavaca St., Suite 960, Austin, Texas 78701-2860. Electronic submissions will not be considered. For applicants with disabilities, this organization provides reasonable accommodations, which are decided on a case-by-case basis. To request a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or interview process, contact Personnel Administrator, Victoria B. Longoria at (210) 472-6700. More than one position may be filled from this announcement. Position announced September 24, 2018, subject to the availability of funds, open until filled.
The Federal Public Defender is an equal-opportunity employer.