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Company: Defender Association of Philadelphia
Location: Philadelphia
Posted on: November 26, 2022

Job Description:


Looking to make a difference! Become a Defender!*
The Pretrial Unit focuses on reducing mass incarceration by supporting clients before trial through a wide array of rehabilitative initiatives and programs to divert clients from incarceration. The Paralegal in the Pretrial Unit assists in the representation of indigent defendants in a variety of matters. The primary responsibility of the paralegal is to oversee all aspects of the Early Bail Review (EBR) program. The Paralegal is a liaison and advocate in coordinating cases with attorneys, social workers, clients, family members and individuals involved in all aspects of the criminal justice system. Paralegals interface with each other, attorneys, clients, private counsel, judges and others in the court system. The work they do is of the utmost importance in ultimately bringing about the best representation for Defender clients.

What You'll Do*

* Receive new files from the records department and identify Defender conflicts of interest and recommend resolutions
* Sort new files by those eligible for EBR and those that are not.
* Manage all aspects of EBR file flow: assign files to interviewing attorneys and route files to appropriate areas in the office.
* Communicate with clients, clients' family, attorneys and staff regarding relevant information for a bail reduction motion
* Answer incoming calls for the Chief of the Pretrial Unit including inquiries from clients and Defender staff
* Correspond with clients' regarding upcoming court hearings
* Research clients' background in cases where necessary to advance clients interest
* Review and analyze client's current and previous cases
* Request, receive and review discovery
* Assist with other administrative tasks as assigned by the Chief or Assistant Chiefs of the Pretrial Unit.

What You'll Need*

* Bachelor's degree or Associate's degree with Paralegal Certification or any equivalent combination of acceptable education and experience.
* Incredible attention to detail and excellent organizational skills
* Experience working with indigent clients in criminal justice proceedings, preferred
* Must have strong analytical and interpretive skills
* Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
* Computer literacy including the ability to learn multiple internal and external computer systems
* Ability to learn the court system and internal and external procedures
* Excellent written and verbal communication skills
* Full Covid vaccination or approved exemption request

Benefits & Perks*

* Generous and rich benefits plan with many employer paid benefits
* Substantial paid time off
* 401(b) Employer Match
* Meaningful & Impactful Work
* Growth Opportunities
* Ongoing Training and Development of You

Who is the Defender Association?*
The Defender Association of Philadelphia is more than just a law firm. We're the community's lawyers.

The Defender team - more than 500 attorneys, social workers, investigators, administrators, and other staff - make sure that everyone, regardless of income, has access to high-quality defense when facing criminal charges. Our mission-driven, client-centered model focuses on outcomes that support a system that is fundamentally fair and creates safer, stronger communities. Our unique model and approach give our staff with the skills and support they need to get the best outcomes for our clients. Many former Defenders go on in their careers to serve as judges, state and federal officials, and successful private practitioners. Come join our team! For more information, go Defender's Pretrial Unit and follow us @PhillyDefenders (Twitter, IG, Tiktok) and on LinkedIn.

The Defender Association provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, The Defender Association complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Job Type: Full-time%58047475%

Keywords: Defender Association of Philadelphia, Philadelphia , Paralegal, Other , Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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