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ProfileLegal Research Attorney - Criminal The candidate will be responsible for: reading and analyzing memoranda of law submitted by counsel related to Criminal law and motion matters and writs pending before the court; researching and analyzing all cases, statutes and secondary materials cited by the parties and all other relevant materials necessary to reach decisions on pending matters; drafting bench memoranda including analysis, conclusions and recommendations for decisions; making oral presentations to judges of results of the foregoing; attending law and motion hearings when requested by the Court, or as time permits to hear oral argument on issues researched; and performing other related duties as needed.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate should have a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Should have a law degree from an accredited law school. Active membership in the State Bar of California for 5 years is required. Must have 2+ years of post-Bar experience as a practicing attorney in private practice or a government agency. Experience as a court legal research attorney is desirable. Should be skilled with: motions to Suppress pursuant to Penal Code 1538.5; motions to Dismiss the Information pursuant to Penal Code 995; motions to withdraw plea; writs of Coram Nobis; writs of Habeas Corpus; writs of Mandate; and writs of Prohibition. Must have knowledge of: general legal and constitutional principles and applications as well as legal precedents and their application to the assigned area of law; evidentiary principles, Penal Code of Criminal Procedure, Evidence Code, Local Rules of Court and California Rules of Court; pretrial and hearing procedures; legal research methods; legal reference works including decisions and statutory law; and computerized legal research and related computer systems and applications. Should have ability to: review the legal sufficiency of motions to dismiss, motions to suppress, speedy trial motions, discovery motions, motions to change venue, pre-trial common law motions, post-trial and post-conviction motions, writs of prohibition and mandamus, writs of habeas corpus; advise the Court regarding such matters as grants of immunity, sentencing alternatives, sentencing computations under the determinate sentencing law, probation revocation/modification and admissibility of evidence; review, analyze and maintain a working knowledge of current changes in the law; and draft clear and concise legal memoranda that include a summary of relevant facts, analysis of the application of relevant law to the facts and a recommendation to the judicial officer.
Application Deadline: February 27, 2018.
Job Number: EJ01-07. Submit completed Court application with cover letter, detailed resume, answers to supplemental question, and writing sample (up to 10 pages).
Superior Court of California County of Contra Costa.
649 Main Street
Martinez, CA 94553