Senior Legal Assistant



The Federal Public Defender, Districts of Colorado and Wyoming, seeks a full-time senior legal assistant for the Denver, Colorado office.  The office operates under authority of the Criminal Justice Act (18 U.S.C. § 3006A) to represent individuals who are unable to afford counsel and prosecuted in our federal courts.

Job Description:  The senior legal assistant provides secretarial and clerical support to staff attorneys representing indigent persons charged with criminal offenses in the United States District Court and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.  The office environment is collaborative, positive, and client-centered.

Duties include, but are not limited to:  performance of a full range of legal secretarial functions; edit and proofread initial drafts of motions and briefs utilizing knowledge of legal terminology; generate table of contents and table of authorities for briefs; prepare correspondence and pleadings for attorneys; prepare pleadings indexes; maintain court and attorney calendars; arrange meetings or telephone calls between attorneys and clients; organize case files and handle case management functions as assigned; receive and route incoming telephone calls and mail; deliver and pickup documents from court. 

Requirements and Qualifications:  To qualify for this position, a candidate must be a high school graduate or equivalent and have a minimum of two years of general office experience and four years of specialized legal assistant experience.  Applicants must be team-oriented.  Proficiency in Word 2013, Excel 2013, CM/ECF, and electronic case filing is required.  Applicants should type 70+ WPM with minimal errors and have strong proofreading skills, the ability to prioritize and multitask, and familiarity with legal terminology.  Experience in criminal litigation and marking briefs and generating table of contents and authorities is strongly preferred.  

Applicants must be a United States citizen, or a person authorized to work in the United States and receive compensation from this agency.  Appointment is subject to a satisfactory background investigation including an FBI name and fingerprint check and an IRS tax check.

Salary and Benefits:  This is an “Excepted Appointment” full-time position with federal benefits and salary commensurate with experience and qualifications within the range of JSP-9 currently yielding $55,027 to a maximum of $71,537 per year.  Benefits include health and life insurance, retirement, and the Thrift Savings Plan.  Salary is payable only by direct deposit.

How to Apply:  Qualified individuals should submit a letter of interest and resume in .pdf format to:

Kim W. Bechard, Administrative Officer
Subject Reference: Senior Legal Assistant Position - Denver

Interviews will be conducted in person. Cost of travel must be incurred by the applicant.  This position is subject to the availability of funds.  Posted August 29, 2018 - open until filled.  

The Federal Public Defender is an equal opportunity employer.


Selection for this position is contingent on proof of U.S. citizenship or, for noncitizens, proof of authorization to work in the United States plus proof of entitlement to
receive compensation. Even if a noncitizen is authorized to work in the United States under the immigration laws, this agency may not use appropriated funds to pay compensation to a noncitizen employee in the continental United States unless he or she falls within one of the following categories of exceptions:

  • Persons lawfully admitted for permanent residence who are seeking citizenship or are willing to seek citizenship when eligible.
  • Persons admitted as refugees under 8 U.S.C. 1157 or granted asylum under 8 U.S.C. 1158 who have filed a declaration of intention to become lawful permanent residents and then citizens when eligible.
  • Persons who owe permanent allegiance to the United States (for example, natives of American Samoa and Swains Island).
  • Persons who were officers or employees of the U.S. Government on December 16, 2009.

    For a list of documents that may be used to provide proof of citizenship or authorization to work in the United States, please refer to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, available at .