Paralegal

$4,607.00 (monthly)
  • Full Time

  • 1300 N BROADWAY STE 300
    DENVER CO 80203
    JCA-APPPAR-061024
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    06/11/2024
    06/24/2024 (11:59 PM Mountain)

    Department Information

    Colorado’s Office of the State Public Defender (OSPD) maintains a reputation as one of the top organizations in the nation specializing in the delivery of indigent criminal defense. We operate as an independent agency within the Judicial Branch of Colorado State Government with over 1,200 dedicated employees assigned to twenty-one Regional Trial Offices, a centralized Appellate Division, and a centralized Administrative Office. The mission of OSPD is to defend and protect the rights, liberties and dignity of those accused of crimes who cannot afford to retain counsel. We do so by providing constitutionally and statutorily mandated representation that is effective, zealous, inspired and compassionate.

    We seek to hire professionals who are dedicated to furthering our mission and demonstrate compassion in their service to our clients. We are a fast paced, team-oriented environment, where self-motivation and a personal commitment to high performance are important attributes for success.

    Description of Job

    How to Apply

    Please e-mail your résumé, cover letter, and a short writing sample to Leslie Pesch and Alicia Thomas at Leslie.Pesch@coloradodefenders.us; Alicia.Thomas@coloradodefenders.us by Monday, June 24, 2024, 11:59 p.m. (Mountain Time).

    Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we cannot personally respond to each submission. We will notify you by phone and/or e-mail if you are selected for an interview.

    Position Purpose and Objectives/Definition of Work

    We are recruiting to fill one Paralegal position for our Appellate Division. This is the first level within the paralegal series wherein employees learn and apply criminal procedures, rules and laws guiding legal practice in criminal defense; and, apply the principles and practices of a paralegal nature to support and assist with a variety of litigation needs. Positions perform duties and assume responsibility for supporting divisions, units, and clients under the specific direction, instruction and guidance of a defense attorney. Public Defender paralegals serve as part of the defense team, and as such, are bound by the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct including rules regarding the attorney-client privilege and client confidentiality.

    Primary Duties and Responsibilities: 

    • Under the attorney’s direction and review, drafts routine and standard motions, briefs and legal memoranda. Proofreads and edits motions prepared by attorneys. Files pleadings and motions. Redacts documents.
    • Keeps attorneys and defense teams updated as new information is added to the case files.
    • Requests and reviews client records, court records and transcripts to complete case files.
    • Tracks and monitors case status and critical timelines on assigned cases to ensure court filings are processed in accordance with established criminal procedures, rules and laws. Keeps attorneys and clients apprised, as appropriate.
    • Manages and organizes documents in spreadsheets and databases for easy reference and access by the attorneys and defense team. Converts electronic files to PDF and other formats.
    • Reviews client charges, pleadings, and court orders and researches legal issues as requested by the attorney such as, searching and reviewing statutes, case law, and legal articles for legal precedent, mitigation and sentencing considerations. May assist attorneys in identifying potential conflicts of interest.
    • Drafts and responds to correspondence from clients, client family members, and representatives from collateral agencies, to obtain and exchange pertinent information in accordance with policy and procedure.
    • Performs a variety of administrative tasks as needed to support the defense team and client, which requires the processing of forms, documents and transactions in accordance with State Office policy and procedure.
    • Performs other duties as assigned.

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    Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

    Education and Qualifications:

    • Paralegal certificate from an ABA approved paralegal studies program or accredited institution;

    OR

    • One year of a combination of education, training or experience performing legal support functions such as, organizing and preparing large legal case files for review by an attorney or presentation in court; legal research; preparing drafts of legal documents; and, compiling and analyzing records and data from legal sources.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • A bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies or related field;
    • Experience in legal writing;
    • Experience in a criminal justice or criminal defense environment;
    • Experience working with indigent populations;
    • Spanish fluency. 

    Knowledge:

    • English language, grammar and punctuation;
    • Basic understanding of legal terminology;
    • General understanding of court and legal processes.

    Skills:

    • Strong client service focus;
    • High degree of professionalism, discretion and confidentiality;
    • Strong attention to detail;
    • Research skills;
    • Strong organizational and time management skills;
    • Ability to learn and apply relevant criminal procedures, rules and laws;
    • Ability to complete tasks and assignments with frequent interruptions;
    • Strong interpersonal skills;
    • Ability to establish positive and respectful working relationships with clients, client families and persons of diverse backgrounds;
    • Ability to develop and maintain collaborative relationships with members of the Public Defense system, court personnel, witnesses, and representatives of collateral agencies;
    • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal;
    • Proficiency in standard software applications such as, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power-Point), internet browsers, and e-mail;
    • Ability to learn and utilize Adobe Acrobat and audio/visual software and equipment;
    • Ability to process and organize large amounts of information.

    Benefits of Working for the OSPD

    • 6 Health Plans- Kaiser and Cigna options
    • Basic Vision Insurance – included with medical plans
    • Dental Insurance
    • State Paid Life Insurance
    • State Paid Short-Term Disability
    • FSA – Healthcare and Dependent Care
    • HSA Plan with Employer Contribution
    • Generous Paid Time Off
    • 11 paid holidays
    • Access to Mental Health and Well-Being Resources
    • Colorado PERA
    • 401(k) and 457 Supplemental Retirement Plans

    For more information on benefits please visit https://dhr.colorado.gov/state-employees/state-of-colorado-employee-benefits. For additional information on PERA visit www.copera.org.

    Additional information about the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender can be found on the rest of our website.

    NON-DISCRIMINATION

    The Office of the Colorado State Public Defender provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, marital status, or other protected status, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

    Consistent with this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including the application and selection process.

    If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation, please contact Katey Tarkington at Katey.Tarkington@coloradodefenders.us