POSITION TITLE: Senior Trial Court Law Clerk
STARTING SALARY: $4,600.20/month
DEPARTMENT: Court Administration
PAY GRADE: 50
POSITION NUMBERS: 22008650
This is professional and highly responsible work conducting legal research activities at the trial court level to assist trial court judges in deciding rulings on a variety of case issues including pre-trial and trial motions, post-conviction relief, prisoner petitions, summary judgements, and motions to suppress evidence, discovery and county court appeals. Draft order and review briefs. Work involves considerable interpretation and judgment in the analysis of a variety of legal issues brought before the court.
Graduation from an accredited law school with excellent academic standing and three years experience in the practice of law or as a law clerk in an appellate or trial court. Law Review, journal, or significant law school writing and editing experience preferred. Membership in the Florida Bar; Exceptional writing skills; Well-rounded understanding of many areas of law, court procedures, court systems, and judicial rules.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES (the omission of specific statements of the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment for this classification):
The person in this position will supervise staff, including recommending selection, assigning and evaluating work, counseling, disciplining, and recommending termination. Reviews files, evidence, depositions, pleadings, motions, legal briefs, memoranda of law, proposed orders and other related documentation in order to advise judges in a variety of legal areas. Conducts research of substantive and procedural legal matters; drafts/prepares documents, such as opinions, judgments, post-convictions orders, orders concerning extraordinary writs or memoranda. Provides legal advice to judges and Court Administrator on policy matters and issues of circuit-wide impact. Trains new staff members and law student interns, including editing their written work, providing sample of legal documents, and teaching research skills. Serves as liaison for the area of responsibility with the Clerk of Court, law schools and volunteer groups seeking internships and information regarding the courts. Tracks work production of staff attorneys/law clerks and compiles written report to Chief Judge, including numbers and types of files processed for each judge by the attorneys; reviews work product of supervisors as required. Manages administrative/clerical tasks, such as preparing legal educational materials and teaching classes, administering departmental budget, preparing periodic employee performance evaluations or preparing correspondence. Attends and conducts staff, committee, statewide special project and other professional meetings to exchange information; attends technical or professional workshops, seminars conferences in improve professional skills; attends hearing and trials at request of judges. This position involves interacting with other Judges, Clerk of Court staff, attorneys, law enforcement personnel, courtroom security, social services, witnesses, and the general public.
KNOWLEDGE SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
This position requires an attorney who has excellent research, writing, and editing skills. The attorney will be required to prepare in-depth analysis on a variety of legal issues and must be able to present ideas orally and in writing to the judges of the court. Time management skills and the ability to work effectively with other are crucial. All attorneys at the court must maintain confidentiality, exercise discretion, and handle matters honestly and impartially. Must be highly organized; demonstrate close attention to detail and the ability to work in stressful situations. Effectively prioritize assignments. Must have a demonstrated ability to interact with a diverse set of people in an open and friendly manner. Ability to maintain confidentiality.
HOW TO APPLY:
Interested parties should electronically submit an application package consisting of a:
College and law school transcripts (official or unofficial)
Writing sample not to exceed ten (10) pages
State of Florida Application available at: www.floridasupremecourt.org/employment/application_writeable.pdf
The application package must be submitted to: Chief of Personnel, Tammy Anton, at CAD-Recruiting@pbcgov.org.
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications will continue to be received until filled. Submission of an application
does not guarantee the applicant an interview. Applicants will be subject to a criminal background check. We are an Equal
Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate against any of the protected classes.
If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in
the interviewing process once selected, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of
certain assistance. Please contact Tammy Anton, Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator,
Palm Beach County Courthouse, 205 North Dixie Highway West Palm Beach, Florida 33401;
telephone number (561) 355-4380 at least 7 days before your scheduled either in-person or
telephonic interview; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call “711.”