The Federal Public Defender for the Districts of Colorado and Wyoming is accepting applications for the position of Paralegal serving our Denver, Colorado office. The Federal Public Defender operates under the authority of the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3006A, to defend persons unable to afford counsel in federal criminal cases. 

Job Description and Duties:  This unique position will serve multiple administrative operations of the office.  Duties include, but are not limited to: case data collection, research and analysis, preparation of statistical summaries, comparative reports, projections, and other duties as assigned. Prompt and professional communications with office colleagues, clients, the court, and the community are essential.

Requirements and Qualifications: Applicants must hold a high school diploma or equivalent with a minimum of three years of general experience and two years of specialized experience.  Advanced knowledge of Excel 2013 and Word 2013 is required.  Proficiency with CM/ECF, PACER, and electronic case filing is preferred. Applicants must possess strong technology skills, and must be eager to learn and master new software.  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. 

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 29, 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 .