Appellate Criminal Defense Assistant Paralegal

The Federal Defender Program, Inc. provides legal representation to indigent persons charged with federal crimes in the Northern District of Georgia, as well as state death-sentenced clients in habeas corpus proceedings.   


TITLE: Appellate Criminal Defense Assistant Paralegal 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Open until filled.


Provide assistance in the representation of death-sentenced clients in federal habeas corpus proceedings. Duties may include, but are not limited to: litigation support (both in and out of court); case preparation; maintenance of files; organizing and indexing discovery, evidence, and exhibits; locating and retrieving documents, information and records from outside sources; and assisting in field investigations.


Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree. Candidates must be able to prepare clear and concise written and oral reports in addition to having strong research, analytical and interpersonal skills. Candidates must have computer proficiency and an aptitude for learning new software and programs. Candidates must also be dependable, organized, enterprising and able to work independently and well under the pressure of deadlines. Attention to detail is essential.


Based on experience and in accordance with guidelines issued by the Defender Services Office - Range of $34,454 - $52,204.


Submit letter of interest and resume with 3 references via mail to:  

Capital Habeas Unit

Assistant Paralegal Position

Federal Defender Program, Inc.

101 Marietta Street, N.W.

Centennial Tower - Suite 1500

Atlanta, Georgia 30303

via email* to: 

or as otherwise directed.


No phone calls or facsimiles will be accepted.

Current and future positions may be filled from this vacancy announcement.

The Federal Defender Program, Inc., is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Position contingent upon future funding. Only those applicants granted an interview will be contacted.

*Applications submitted via email should be formatted as a single PDF, titled “Last Name, First Name”.