Paralegal position (full-time) Federal Capital Habeas Project (District of Maryland)

September 8, 2014

The Federal Capital Habeas Project (the “§ 2255 Project”), a program of the Federal Public Defender system, seeks a highly motivated and skilled Paralegal. The Project was created to ensure that prisoners on federal death row in post-conviction proceedings receive high quality legal representation, and is responsible for recruiting, training and advising lawyers in capital § 2255 cases in addition to providing direct representation. The position will be located in the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the District of Maryland in Greenbelt, outside Washington, D.C.

Requirements and Qualifications: The Project Paralegal will work closely with the § 2255 Project Director and staff attorneys. The paralegal will be responsible for information management; collecting data on federal capital post-conviction proceedings; conducting research using online databases; organizing, reviewing, and summarizing documents, files, and factual research. Other duties include collecting court, social, medical, and legal records; preparing for hearings by organizing, coding and summarizing information and documents; preparing witness/document lists; maintaining case files and databases; and operating electronic document management systems.
The ideal candidate will have excellent organizational skills; exceptional research and writing skills; working knowledge of typical office computer applications (including spreadsheets); and a genuine interest in indigent defense and/or capital defense work. The candidate must possess great attention to detail; have the ability to work independently with strong follow-through skills; meet short deadlines; perform well while managing multiple projects simultaneously in a pressured environment; and be able to work well in a team environment. A bachelor’s degree is required; a commitment of 3 years is preferred.
Salary and Benefits: This is a full-time position. Federal salary and benefits apply. Salary is commensurate with experience and education. This position is subject to mandatory electronic transfer (direct deposit) of net pay. The initial period of employment will be probationary, subject to successful completion of a background check.
How to Apply: To be considered, please submit (1) a cover letter; (2) resume; (3) writing sample; and (4) the names of three references via email to Tawana Sampson,,
Federal Capital Habeas Project, 6411 Ivy Lane, Suite 710, Greenbelt, MD 20770. No telephone calls please; ONLY email applications will be accepted. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.


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