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Legal Research Attorney The candidate supports judges in criminal departments. Supports family, probate, and civil departments. Performs a variety of complex professional legal work, including research and consultation for judicial officers, provides legal support to programs within the firm and performs other related duties as assigned. Gathers information regarding legal matters presented to the Court (e.g., motions, petitions and ex parte applications) by reviewing case files, legal documents and exhibits, and conferring as needed with litigants and the public. Identifies, researches and analyzes legal issues and conflicting legal opinions; reviews legal authority cited by litigants; and conducts self-directed independent research as may be needed to further clarify issues and reach sound judicial decisions. Prepares comprehensive memoranda detailing relevant legal issues, addressing arguments' strengths and weaknesses and recommending judicial action. Briefs judges in writing and orally; on behalf of judicial officers, drafts rulings, statements of decision and judgments. Confers with judges, attorneys, court services staff and the public on procedural and operational matters; advises the Court on legal aspects of administrative and operational issues; and prepares memoranda summarizing legislative/judicial action or trends and other matters not directly related to caseload. Serves as legal counsel to the court, providing legal advice and guidance to court leadership on a variety of issues pertaining to judicial branch, and court operations and administration. Advises the General Counsel, Deputy General Counsel, and supervising attorney on legal aspects of administrative and operational issues; and prepares memoranda analyzing legislative, judicial and operational policies and other matters. Assists self-represented litigants and responds to questions about Court or legal processes and procedures. Updates law library materials and performs other collateral services in support of judges and the court; and participates in the development of team resources and services. Prepares a variety of reports and correspondence. Maintains proficiency through continuing education in specific areas of procedural and substantive law. Performs other related duties as assigned.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate should have a possession of a Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited college or university. Must have 3+ years of full-time civil or criminal litigation experience, and/or professional-level legal research experience in support of the judicial branch. Experience in criminal law is required. Experience with Penal Code section 995 motions to dismiss and habeas petitions is very desirable. Experience with criminal law, particularly Penal Code section 995 motions to dismiss and habeas petitions, is desirable. Should have current active membership and good standing with the State Bar of California. Knowledge of principles of civil and criminal law; the California judicial system; California codes, statutes and other authorities applicable to civil, criminal, and/or family law matters; rules of evidence and procedure in trial, appellate and United States courts; legal research methods; judicial ethics; word processing and other office software essential.
Deadline: February 28, 2018.
Job Number: 1280.
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