Bilingual Paralegal I-Contractual Position

Employer
MD Office of the Public Defender
Location
Baltimore, MD
Posted
Sep 13, 2017
Closes
Sep 18, 2017
Industry
Law
Hours
Full Time
Job Description The Office of the Public Defender is a statewide independent agency charged with providing superior legal representation to indigent defendants. The agency's vision is Justice, Fairness and Dignity for All. Employees are committed to the core values of culture of excellence, client centered representation, tenacious advocacy, and are united in achieving the agency's mission. The Office of the Public Defender is seeking bilingual detail oriented applicants with legal research skills, exceptional organizational, critical thinking and problem solving skills highly proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook to fill full-time Contractual Paralegal I-Bilingual positions in its Felony Trial Division located in Baltimore City. The Contractual Paralegal I-Bilingual provides assistance to Assistant Public Defender by performing legal research, preparing files on cases, drafting legal documents, filing documents in court, assisting with pretrial preparation, answering correspondence and interviewing clients and witnesses. This position involves significant client contact with indigent defendants and their families in office, court, detention center and/or state prison settings. Travel between offices and courthouses to pick up and deliver documents is required. Bilingual skills are required for this position. Applicants must be able to speak, read and write proficiently in both Spanish and English. Minimum Qualifications Education: Graduation from an accredited high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate. Experience: Two years of experience as a legal assistant or legal secretary performing legal research or preparing legal documents on behalf of an attorney. Notes: 1. Thirty credit hours or a certificate in paralegal studies from an accredited college or university may be substituted for the required experience. 2. Thirty credit hours from an accredited law school may be substituted for the required experience. 3. Additional years of experience as stated above may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required education. 4. Candidates may substitute US Armed Forces military service experience as a non-commissioned officer in paralegal specialist classifications or paralegal specialist specialty codes in the legal and kindred field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience. Preferred Qualifications Basic knowledge of criminal law terminology and procedures. Knowledge of Westlawnext or other legal research applications. Strong interest in working with indigent defendants and their families. Familiarity working with individuals with cognitive or mental health concerns. Exceptional organizational, critical thinking and problem solving skills. Benefits Contractual employees who work for an agency covered under the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program (the Program), have a current employment contract and work 30 or more hours a week (or on average 130 hours per month) may be eligible for subsidized health benefits coverage for themselves and their dependents. As a contractual employee, you will be responsible for paying 25% of the premiums for your medical and prescription coverage, including any eligible dependents you have enrolled. The State of Maryland will subsidize the remaining 75% of the cost for these benefits. You can also elect to enroll in dental coverage, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and life insurance, but will be responsible to pay the full premium for these benefits. Leave may be granted to a temporary/contractual employee who has worked 120 days in a 12 month period. This leave accrues at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, not to exceed 40 hours per calendar year. Contractual employees who work for an agency covered under the State Employee and Retiree Health and Welfare Benefits Program (the Program), have a current employment contract and work 30 or more hours a week (or on average 130 hours per month) may be eligible for subsidized health benefits coverage for themselves and their dependents. As a contractual employee, you will be responsible for paying 25% of the premiums for your medical and prescription coverage, including any eligible dependents you have enrolled. The State of Maryland will subsidize the remaining 75% of the cost for these benefits. You can also elect to enroll in dental coverage, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and life insurance, but will be responsible to pay the full premium for these benefits. Leave may be granted to a temporary/contractual employee who has worked 120 days in a 12 month period. This leave accrues at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, not to exceed 40 hours per calendar year. Company Description The Office of the Public Defender was created on July 1, 1971, by the Maryland Legislature. OPD is an independent State Agency. With over 900 employees (570 attorneys), OPD is the largest legal services organization in the state. The Office of the Public Defender provides legal services to eligible individuals through twelve district offices and seven specialized divisions.