The Federal Public Defenderfor the Western District of Texas is accepting applications for a paralegal for its Capital Habeas Unit in Austin, Texas. The Capital Habeas Unit (CHU) represents indigent, death-sentenced Texas prisoners in federal habeas corpus proceedings in the four United States District Courts in Texas, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.
To qualify for the CHU paralegal position, candidates must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or have a paralegal certificate from an accredited paralegal program. Candidates must also possess:
- a strong legal, administrative, or paralegal background;
- excellent organization and communication skills;
- proficient computer skills including word processing and spreadsheet use; email; use of legal research tools like Westlaw and Lexis; database coding, search and maintenance; use of Adobe Acrobat;
- excellent command of English grammar and spelling; and
- three to five years of relevant experience, preferably handling complex litigation and/or managing voluminous case files.
Above all, applicants must have a strong commitment to providing excellent representation to indigent, death-sentenced persons. Employment is subject to a satisfactory background investigation including, but not limited to an FBI fingerprint and name check.
The paralegal assists in the representation of death-sentenced clients in federal habeas corpus proceedings. Specific duties include: obtaining, organizing, indexing, coding, analyzing, and managing large document collections in collaboration with other members of a case team; maintenance of databases; extensive use of computer software; meeting with clients; assisting in case preparation and incarceration issues; assisting in the preparation of large legal documents; collaborating with outside consultants/experts, investigators, and attorneys; litigation support such as file organization and preparation of exhibits for depositions and evidentiary proceedings; other duties as assigned. This position may require work on holidays, evenings, and weekends, as a case may require. Frequent and extended travel may be required.
Candidates may apply by sending a letter of interest (must mention announcement 22-05), résumé, and writing sample to: Maureen Scott Franco, Federal Public Defender, Western District of Texas, 504 Lavaca St., Suite 960, Austin, Texas 78701-2860, or you may submit your application documents in a single PDF document by email to TXW_Employment@fd.org. The document should be named as follows: “Announcement 22-05, position title, last name, first name” (e.g., 22-05 CHU Paralegal, Smith, John). Electronic submissions sent directly to the Defender 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) 981-2081. More than one position may be filled from this announcement. Position announced October 29, 2021, subject to the availability of funds; open until filled.
Federal Public Defender is an equal-opportunity employer.