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. We are accepting applications for the 2017 Paralegal Bootcamp in the Portland office, July 11th – August 24th.

Job Description: This is a six-and-a-half week summer position for those who want a high intensity introduction to paralegal work in criminal defense. Paralegals are an important part of the defense team. They review discovery, collect electronic evidence, analyze facts, organize documents and facts in databases, prepare summaries for witness meetings, and develop timelines, charts or other visual representations of facts for use in court or other proceedings. This summer bootcamp is designed to introduce you to some of the necessary computer programs and tools of the paralegal, immerse you in the case work, and train you to become an effective paralegal on your own. Expect long hours at the computer learning programs and entering data, intermixed with trainings, case meetings, watching hearings in court, and meeting with attorneys. Office hours are 8:30-5:30 but additional time may be needed to master necessary computer skills.

Job Location: 
Portland, OR
Candidates should have excellent communication and writing skills, the ability to organize and analyze complex facts, a high degree of facility with computers, and a demonstrated interest in social justice. Strong work ethic, reliability, and discretion required. College degree preferred. Spanish language proficiency a plus.
You will be trained in and expected to use some or all of the following: Excel Adobe Casemap dtSearch Litigation platforms such as ipro Eclipse, Relativity, and Recommind.
Salary and Benefits: 
Salary: $4,500. This is an at-will, temporary appointment with no health benefits. Candidates may be subjected to a background check. Legal status in the U.S. required. Bi-weekly paychecks are by direct deposit only.
How To Apply: 
Applications due April 21, 2017. We anticipate making offers in early May. In a single PDF, please submit a letter of interest, resume, college transcript, brief writing sample, description of computer literacy, and names of two references to Shelly_Chetwood@fd.org with the subject line: 2017 Paralegal Bootcamp. Qualified applicants may be offered a Skype interview and/or asked to respond to questions in a second application. Email is preferred, but if necessary applications can be mailed to: Shelly Chetwood Recruitment: 2017 Paralegal Bootcamp Federal Defender - District of Oregon Suite 1700 - 101 SW Main Street, Portland, Oregon 97204
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