Washington, D.C
Jan 19, 2023
Jan 27, 2023
Full Time

Duties of the position include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Edit, proofread, and cite-check legal documents and Commission publications.
  • Review and analyze federal criminal appeals cases (i.e., opinions, orders, motions, and judgments in criminal cases in the U.S. Courts of Appeals) and determine appeals cases to be included in the appeals database.
  • Identify and enter data pertaining to criminal appeals cases into the appeals database.
  • Perform quality control on criminal appeals data and perform edits to initial data entry in the appeals database.
  • Assist in developing and maintaining procedures and standards for including and entering criminal appeals cases and data into the appeals database, develop and update appeals database training materials, and train staff on the appeals database.
  • Ensure automated entries are appropriately linked for proper case management.
  • Manage and develop status reports on the progress and completion of criminal appeals data entry and quality control.
  • Serve as the Office of General Counsel (OGC) appeals database liaison to Commission staff.
  • Review and respond to inmate mail inquiries from the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.
  • Assist attorneys with working group projects and coding projects.
  • Draft summaries of public comment.
  • Perform legal and non-legal research and analysis.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Conditions of Employment


Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university or have a paralegal certificate from an accredited paralegal program. In addition, applicants must have a minimum of two (2) years of progressively responsible experience in the paralegal field.

The position requires a detail-orientated self-starter with excellent organizational and planning skills. Candidates must have strong problem-solving skills and the ability to use legal databases. Applicants must possess excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to interact successfully and effectively with staff at all levels.

Applicants must have demonstrated work experience related to the mandatory requirements listed below and must address the qualification requirements in an attached cover letter.
  • Ability to edit and proofread written materials.
  • Knowledge of cite-checking, including the Blue Book .
  • Demonstrated interest in criminal law and criminal justice system.
  • Skill in the use of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and other software.
  • Skill in the use of legal databases.
  • Ability to efficiently and effectively communicate orally and in writing. Skill in maintaining effective working relationships with Commission staff at all levels and outside contacts as needed. Ability to develop training materials, slide presentations, reports, and summaries.
  • Skill in planning, organizing, setting priorities, and completing multiple tasks of varying complexity. Knowledge of file organization, maintenance, and archiving.

Preference will be given to applicants who have one or more of the following qualifications:
  • Demonstrated experience in legal research, analysis, and writing. Experience and skill in editing, proofreading, and cite-checking, including proficiency with the Blue Book.
  • Knowledge and skill in conducting searches of federal appeals cases. Ability to extract and organize information from databases.
  • Knowledge, experience, and skill in the use of legal databases, including WESTLAW and LEXIS/NEXIS.
  • Proficiency in the use of PACER and its search functions, including accessing and understanding district court and appellate court dockets.
  • Outstanding academic credentials.
  • Knowledge of the federal criminal justice system and the federal sentencing guidelines.
  • Experience with federal criminal and sentencing policy issues.

The Commission participates in the following federal benefits:
  • Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program
  • Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP)
  • Federal Employees Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) program
  • Federal Retirement,
  • Thrift Savings Plan (TSP),
  • Federal Leave Program.
In addition, the Commission participates in the Judiciary's Flexible Spending Program for dependent care, health care, and commuter reimbursement, and the government-wide Long Term Care Insurance Program, unemployment, and workers' compensation benefits.

The Commission is conveniently located next to Union Station on Capitol Hill, and is easily accessible by public transportation, including the Metro, and the MARC and VRE commuter trains. In addition to the federal benefits package, the Commission's location in the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building offers various amenities such as a health unit, credit union, day care center, cafeteria, and free on-site fitness center.

The Commission offers a monthly transit subsidy to employees who use mass transit to commute to and from work, subject to the availability of funds. The Commission offers alternative work schedules (AWS), which are fixed work schedules that enable full-time employees to complete the basic 80-hour biweekly work requirement in 9 workdays.

The Commission offers regular telework (not full-time) to employees in positions deemed eligible by the staff director and who meet the requirements of an approved telework arrangement in which an employee performs official duties at home or at an approved telework site. Applicant must relocate to the Washington DC Metropolitan area.

The Commission also offers training opportunities to employees through LinkedIn Learning, and the Judiciary's Online University, which offers academic credit and professional credit programs through web-based learning. These training tools assist Commission employees with taking online courses in a flexible way, by offering training courses in the areas of: staff training and development; credit toward undergraduate degree programs; continuing education and non-credit certificate programs; executive education; contract training; credit credentials courses for continuing professional education and credit for individuals who hold credentials and achieve certifications associated with several globally-recognized sponsored organizations.


Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university or have a paralegal certificate from an accredited paralegal program.

Additional information

  • This position is in the excepted service and does not carry the tenure rights of positions in the competitive Civil Service.
  • All information is subject to verification. Applicants are advised that false answers or omissions of information on application materials or inability to meet the following conditions may be grounds for non-selection, withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.
  • Selection for this position is contingent upon completion of OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment during the pre-employment process and proof of U.S. citizenship or, for noncitizens, proof of authorization to work in the United States and proof of entitlement to receive compensation. Additional information on the employment of non-citizens can be found at: . 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 .
  • The Commission participates in E-Verify and will confirm your authorization to work in the United States.
  • A background security investigation is required for all selectees. Appointment will be subject to a selectee's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. A background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time.
  • All new Commission employees must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay before appointment, mandated by the Federal Compensation Act.
  • All new Commission employees, those converted from a temporary appointment to a permanent appointment, and all rehired former Commission employees are required to serve a one-year probationary period. The probationary period begins on the effective date of the employee's appointment, conversion, or rehire.
  • Applicant must relocate to the Washington DC Metropolitan area.