Our paralegals work closely with trial attorneys and their clients on every step of federal criminal cases, from arrest to acquittal or sentencing. Paralegals have a wide scope of responsibilities from administrative and logistical tasks to client contact and evidence review. Specifically, paralegals conduct client interviews, help prepare bail packages, speak to witnesses, review evidence, and obtain mitigation materials from clients, their families, hospitals, schools, and drug treatment programs.
Also, paralegals are often the first line of contact between clients and their attorneys, and they work to help clients and their families overcome the numerous obstacles that they face over the course of their cases; This includes ensuring that clients receive proper medical care while incarcerated, seeking alternatives to incarceration and social services for clients, such as drug rehabilitation programs and homeless shelters, and helping clients retrieve property and money confiscated by the government.
Paralegals often travel beyond the office whether to the courtroom, the visiting rooms of federal prisons, or into the field for investigation. Our paralegals also have the extraordinary opportunity to sit at counsel table at trials on a regular basis. Therefore, a crucial aspect of the position is collaboration with multiple members of our office including attorneys, social workers, investigators, and support staff.
Ideal candidates are self-motivated, independent workers; tenacious investigators; and 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. Fluency in Spanish is highly desired.
We are currently accepting applications for paralegals to work in our Manhattan, Brooklyn, and White Plains offices.
Salary: $48,399 plus benefits including medical
Application Deadline: 12/22/2017
To apply: please send cover letter and resume to FDNYParalegalhiring@fd.org. Please state "Paralegal 2018" in the subject line.