White Plains Paralegal

Federal Defenders of New York (FDNY) is seeking applicants for a full-time paralegal position in our White Plains office. We are vigorous in the defense of our clients, and we are seeking applicants with a similar level of passion and dedication for the work.

Paralegals work closely with trial attorneys and their clients on every step of their federal criminal cases, from arrest to acquittal or sentencing. Paralegals assist attorneys in the daily activities of the office, which can include performing administrative duties, organizing case materials, communicating with clients and their families, assisting in the preparation of bail packages, reviewing evidence, and obtaining mitigation materials from clients, their families, hospitals, schools, and drug treatment programs.

Ideal candidates are self-motivated, independent workers who are professional and courteous ambassadors of our office to clients, their families, and other actors in the Criminal Justice system. We seek candidates with a sense of humor and flexibility, as well as an appreciation of the obstacles faced by our indigent clients, including issues of race, class, and ethnicity. Time management, organization, and attention to detail are key.

Requirements: Candidates must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Candidates must also possess:

- excellent organization, communication and administrative skills
- strong writing and editing skills
- the ability to work collegially and handle simultaneous assignments from               multiple attorneys
-ability to speak Spanish is a plus

Application deadline is February 28, 2017, but we will consider applications on a rolling basis so please submit as soon as possible. No calls or faxes please. Email your resume, cover letter and a writing sample to SDNYParalegalHiring@fd.org. The cover letter may be addressed to David Patton, Executive Director, Federal Defenders of New York, 52 Duane St.,

Salary is consistent with the federal pay scale and will depend on years on experience. Minimum salary is $60,000. Excellent benefits. Federal Defenders is an equal-opportunity employer.