Trial Assistant - posted 1/28/20

Trial Assistant - posted 1/28/20

Company Name: 
Federal Public Defender - District of Oregon
FT/PT Status: 
Full Time
Salary Range: 
Starting salary ranges from $41,536 to $61,340, commensurate with experience.
Job Summary: 

Do you want satisfying work with a mission? Join the Federal Public Defender in providing the best defense that money can’t buy for indigent defendants charged with federal crimes. 

The Federal Public Defender for the District of Oregon is seeking an experienced legal support professional for a full time Trial Assistant position to be based in our Portland Office. The Federal Public Defender protects everyone’s Constitutional rights by providing quality defense services in federal criminal cases and related matters in the federal courts.

Trial Assistant duties include extensive use of the court’s docketing program, calendaring, electronic filing, maintaining case files, and other defense-related administrative duties such as preparing legal documents and correspondence in Microsoft Office, proofreading and editing material, receiving and directing telephone calls, digital transcription, and photocopying legal documents for three or more Assistant Federal Defenders in a fast-paced environment. May involve other case-related duties. 

Requirements or Qualifications: 

To qualify for the position, applicant must be a high-school graduate or equivalent, have three (3) years of relevant experience, be team-oriented, and willing to learn. Advanced legal secretarial experience preferred, ideally in the federal court system. All highly motivated, exceptional candidates will be considered. Bilingual (English-Spanish) candidates are preferred, but not required.

Must be team-oriented, highly motivated, efficient, dependable, possess excellent communication, organizational and typing skills, have the ability to handle multiple tasks, and work well under pressure. Professionalism and a commitment to the defense of indigent criminal clients is expected.

By federal law, to be eligible, candidates must: be U.S. Citizens, or owe their allegiance to the U.S., or be admitted as a refugee or granted asylum and seeking citizenship, or be lawful permanent resident seeking citizenship.

Application Process: 
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Selection Criteria: 
Application Due Date: 
February 17 2020
Additional Information: 
This position is “at-will,” excepted service, and does not carry the tenure rights of the competitive Civil Service. Compensation also includes federal government employee benefits: paid federal holidays, paid vacation, paid sick leave, health and life insurance, retirement, and the Thrift Savings Plan. Salary is payable only by direct deposit. Open until filled. Applications received by February 17, 2020 will be given first consideration. All responses will remain confidential. Only candidates in consideration for this position will be contacted. No phone calls please. The Federal Public Defender is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women & Minorities are encouraged to apply. Hiring is provisional pending the successful completion of a background check and investigation