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Opportunity Title: Legal Assistant
Location: Durango
Department: Office of the State Public Defender
Posted Date: 01/08/2020
Closing Date: 01/26/2020
Contact Information
Name: Brytanny Vetsch
Brief Description

**This is a courtesy posting for the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender**

The salary for this position is $3,721 per month.

Description of the Job:

This entry-level position, under direct supervision, is responsible for performing legal support duties and basic paralegal functions for assigned cases. Legal Assistants are expected to develop fundamental skills necessary to provide litigation support on a wide range of juvenile and adult cases including homicides and complex crimes, Grand Jury indictments and juvenile transfer and reverse transfer cases. Legal Assistants require strong interpersonal skills in order to successfully work with colleagues, clients, and court staff, and also must have strong organizational skills to manager a high volume of work.

Typical responsibilities include, but are not limited to:  

  • Management (creation, organization and updates) of large volumes of hard and soft copy documents and files.
  • Tracks and monitors status of cases and ensures records are processed within appropriate timelines; and, keeps attorneys apprised of deadlines.
  • Collects information and conducts legal research as directed, using a variety of sources and resources (e.g. court database, internet, legal publications, direct contact with individuals).
  • Assists in contacting clients, client family members and other parties as directed to identify and obtain information necessary for completing client records or drafting motions. Prepares standard correspondence and release forms as required to access information.
  • Files basic motions.
  • Transcribes witness interviews, which may include being called to testify in court or signing a sworn affidavit to verify information presented in transcripts or motions.
  • May perform similar duties to assist other regional offices as needed.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Paralegal certificate from an ABA approved certification program.  Training, college coursework, and/or experience that demonstrate the knowledge, skills and competencies required to perform the job duties of this position may substitute for the required education.
  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office applications (Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Highly proficient in spoken and written English
  • Strong attention to detail

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies, or related field
  • Experience conducting legal research
  • Experience in criminal defense legal support
  • Experience working with Adobe Acrobat

How to Apply:

Qualified individuals must e-mail a resume and cover letter to

Please address how your skills and experience meet the qualifications for the position and working for the Office of the State Public Defender.  Only individuals selected for interview will be contacted.


For a summary of health, dental, life and retirement benefits please visit: Benefits | DHR.

Additional information about the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender can be found at:

Detailed Job Information
NOTICE! Each person employed must present identity and employment eligibility verification.
NOTICE! Employees hired after March 1, 1988, must be on the payroll direct deposit program.
NOTICE! Disabled applicants: If you have a mental or physical impairment, which limits one of your major life activities (e.g. walking, hearing, seeing, speaking, breathing, or learning) and require special accommodations for testing or interviewing, it is your responsibility to notify the office scheduling the interview or test at least 3 working days before the interview or test date. If you need special accommodations at the work site, you must notify the hiring authority.
NOTICE! All prospective employees of the Colorado Judicial Branch are subject to background investigation prior to hiring.

INFORMATION ALERT: Judicial Department employees may not hold office in a political party, nor may they promote one political party or candidate over another in partisan political elections. Employees may hold not-partisan public office provided that there is no conflict of interest or appearance of impropriety with the duties performed for the Judicial Department. In all cases, it will be within the discretion of the Chief Judge of the judicial district to determine whether such a conflict exists. Employees shall seek the prior approval of the Chief Judge before seeking or assuming any such office. Work related to any office held may not be performed on Judicial Department time. Membership on a board or commission that requires registration or party identification as a qualification is not considered to be partisan political office.
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