Federal Defender Services of Wisconsin, Inc. (FDSW), the community defender organization serving Wisconsin’s federal courts, is accepting applications for the position of Paralegal/Mitigation Specialist in the Milwaukee Office. FDSW provides legal representation to defendants charged with federal crimes who are unable to afford counsel. We are a nonprofit corporation, funded by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts. FDSW is not an agency of the federal government and staff members are not federal employees.
Requirements and Qualifications: Applicants should have a college degree or paralegal certificate, at least three years of relevant experience, and a demonstrated commitment to social justice. Applicants should also have strong analytical skills, including the ability to understand and manage complex factual and legal issues. Computer experience is, of course, required and proficiency in litigation support and case-management software is a plus. Experience in criminal defense, federal court, social work or the mental-health field is helpful, but not required. While the position will be based in Milwaukee, frequent trips to our Madison office will be required.
Job Description: The duties for this position include providing case management support on complex cases; using litigation-support tools to analyze case materials; gathering and analyzing records relating to the offense and the client’s life history; engaging in some field investigation; assisting clients in obtaining education, employment, mental health, and other services; and providing litigation support at evidentiary hearings and trials. Applicants must be flexible and willing to assist attorneys in crisis situations, as well as working with the attorneys in all aspects of case presentation. In a word, we want a jack of many trades, who will work well with others, be flexible, and help us provide superior representation for our clients.
Salary is dependent on experience, qualifications, and available funding. Entry level JS-11 ($60,210) with promotion potential to JS-14 ($101,409). Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. FDSW is an equal opportunity employer. Send a cover letter, résumé and three (3) references to:
Staci M. Reynolds
Applications must be received no later than May 5, 2017. No telephone inquiries. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. More than one (1) selection may be made from this announcement. Future positions may be filled from this announcement.