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** This is a time-limited benefit eligible position (duration: 6 months - 1 year)**
Closing date: 10/19/18
Conducts legal research, drafts court orders and memoranda, advises the judge on legal issues as required. Functions as part of a career track three person team of cross trained court professionals responsible for assisting a trial court judge in litigation processing and docket management.
- The staff attorney performs legal research and drafts proposed orders for an assigned judge. Provides legal advice and opinions to judges and court staff. Prepares legal summaries of facts and arguments for cases brought before the court.
- Drafts legal memoranda, proposed orders and jury charges on court cases and specific points of law as required by the assigned judge. Reviews legal opinions and various legal publications for research purposes.
- Stays current on relevant laws, regulations, and court processes and procedures. Provides legal analysis of appellate opinions, motions, jury charges and court documents, and monitors for compliance with established court rules and procedures.
- Applies training and experience to caseload to identify and ensure emergency issues are addressed in a timely and appropriate manner. Supervises other court personnel within chambers at the discretion of the assigned judge.
- Provides information, guidance and direction to attorneys, patrons of the court, other court employees and other agency representatives regarding applicable case management policies and procedures. Provides information to attorneys and other concerned parties regarding cases on court calendar.
- Trial judges responsible for litigation processing and docket management are supported by a three person team of court professionals. Team members provide lead direction and guidance to lawyers and litigants navigating the litigation process before the judge. The team functions collaboratively to facilitate orderly case management and court proceedings, including analyzing and prioritizing the flow of work relating to all case types comprising a judicial caseload.
- Areas of primary responsibility are divided among team members as determined by the judge. As part of the litigation and docket management support unit, the staff attorney may assist in case flow and litigation process management, including scheduling, caseload progression analysis, development and implementation of strategies and procedures for management of the docket from case filing to disposition across case types or with respect to specific aspects of the litigation process such as motions practice.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Requires knowledge of theories, principles, and practices of civil and criminal procedure as well as substantive areas of criminal, civil, juvenile and family law. Techniques used to conduct legal research. Court practices and procedures. Legal practices and procedures related to area of assignment. Legal terminology. Principles and practices of legal document preparation. Knowledge of theories, principles and practices of differentiated case management. General office practices, procedures, equipment and technology including court-specific software.
- Requires skill in: Organizing and prioritizing substantive legal work. Reviewing and evaluating legal sufficiency and soundness of submissions to the court from litigants. Applying legal principles and theories to unique factual circumstances. Efficient, timely analysis of complex legal issues across multiple areas of substantive law. Conducting effective legal research and drafting sound legal documents. Identifying and investigating the facts of legal matters. Using spreadsheet, database, word processing, presentation, financial/accounting and other software to gather, organize, analyze and present information. Resolving problems and making decisions. Functioning collaboratively as part of a judicial litigation/docket management team to include, understanding and applying recognized principles and techniques of differentiated case management. Understanding and using Court-specific computer applications to manage court processes, gather and analyze statistics, and create reports. Maintaining confidentiality. Building sustainable working relationships with other County personnel, officials and the public. Communicating effectively orally and in writing with judges, coworkers, litigants, lawyers and the public.
Education and Experience
Juris Doctorate degree required; and three or more years of experience practicing law (at least one year lead or supervisory experience is preferred).
Member in good standing with the State Bar of Georgia. May require a valid Georgia driver’s license.
Work is typically performed in an office-like environment. May work in high conflict situations and with difficult, sometimes dangerous parties. Positions in this class typically require sitting, standing, mobility, fingering, lifting, carrying, driving, talking, hearing and seeing.
Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.
Factor 1: Decision-Making
Interpretive: There is choice in determining the tactical plans, processes, budget and staffing to achieve objectives established by a higher management level. Establishes what is to be done in similar circumstances in the future. Results will be applied by other courts.
Factor 2: Complexity
Formative: Evaluates the relevance and importance of theories, concepts and principles, and tailors them to develop a different approach or tactical plan to fit specific circumstances.
Factor 3: Purpose of Contact
Negotiate/Defend: Purpose is to defend, argue or justify an agency's position as an official representative in formal hearings or court.
Factor 4: Line/Staff Authority
Staff Authority: Influences through direct impact within agency boundaries.
Please upload resume, cover letter and most recent legal writing sample to the website.
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Location: Rome, Ga.
Salary: A salary is set and provided by the state of Georgia, with a small supplement from Floyd County. Total compensation is approximately $44,616. Benefits are provided and/or available through the state of Georgia.
The judicial law clerk will work with the four Superior Court judges of the Rome Judicial Circuit. Assignments will include legal research and writing, preparation of proposed orders, reviewing pro se divorce petitions, and attending court proceedings. The Superior Court is a court of general jurisdiction, and the judicial law clerk will work in all areas of the law. The length of the position typically is one year. This is a state of Georgia position.
Law school graduate who has passed or sat for the bar examination.
Send cover letter, resume and writing sample to:
Floyd County Superior Court
3 Government Plaza, Suite 326
Rome, GA 30161
or email email@example.com.
The position is open until filled.
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Visit the U.S. Department of Justice website to search current attorney vacancies. All interested applicants are encouraged to apply; however, please note that due to temporary funding restrictions the U.S.D.O.J. may not be able to fill all of the currently advertised positions.
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