The Federal Public Defender, Districts of Colorado and Wyoming, seeks a full-time paralegal for the Casper, Wyoming branch office. This office supports our representation of defendants appearing in the United States District and Magistrate courts in Casper and Lander. Our offices operate under authority of the Criminal Justice Act (18 U.S.C. § 3006A) to represent individuals prosecuted in federal court and unable to afford counsel. For more information about us, go to

Job Description and Duties:  The paralegal will be responsible for office reception, secretarial, paralegal, and administrative support to attorneys appearing in the district and magistrate courts. Duties include, but are not limited to: prompt and professional communications with clients, colleagues, the court, and the community; management of incoming cases; skilled preparation of pleadings; electronic filing; support and preparation of hearings and trials, including exhibit management and assistance to the office investigator; supplies management; and other duties as assigned.

Requirements and Qualifications: Applicants must hold a high school diploma or equivalent with a minimum of three years general experience and three years specialized experience.  Proficiency in Word 2013, Excel 2013, CM/ECF, PACER and successful training in electronic case filing is required. The successful candidate must be team-oriented and able to work within time-sensitive deadlines. Strong analytic and proofreading skills, a proven work ethic, and adherence to confidentiality standards are essential.  Fluency in Spanish is preferred, but not required.

Salary and Benefits:  Federal salary for this position will be based on the Judicial Salary Plan and is commensurate with experience. Direct deposit of pay is required. Benefits are provided. Judiciary benefit details can be found at

This position is subject to an FBI fingerprint check and background investigation.  Employment will be provisional and contingent upon satisfactory completion of the required investigation.

Non-Citizen Applicants: Employment offers to non-citizens can only be made to individuals who qualify under one of the exceptions in 8 U.S.C. § 1324b(a)(3)(B). In most cases, this means an offer of employment cannot be made unless the non-citizen candidate is a lawful permanent resident seeking citizenship as described here:

How to Apply:  Applications should include a cover letter and resume to the attention of: Kim W. Bechard, Administrative Officer. Submit applications in .pdf format by email to:   

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 July 24, 2019 - 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 .