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ProfileSupreme Court Staff Attorney 1 The candidate will be responsible for maintaining the Supreme Court Blue Book, for writing opinion summaries, and for reviewing all final opinion drafts for any formatting, punctuation, grammar and citation errors. Performs extensive research, prepares memoranda, and orally briefs the court and drafts proposed per curiam and disciplinary opinions for review by the court. Upon request by the court, prepares memoranda on applications for further review and cases in which further review has been granted. Staffs the courtâ€™s conferences regarding applications for further review. In general, conducts electronic and manual research of statutes, case law, regulations, legal texts and treatises and other legal resources. Drafts opinion summaries for the court. Reviews all final opinion drafts for any formatting, punctuation, grammar and citation errors, and makes editing suggestions to justices and their law clerks. Serves as the primary court liaison to the courtâ€™s official publisher regarding the format of court opinions, the manner of transmission of court opinions, and the process used for correcting court opinions. Organizes and participates in the courtâ€™s law clerk orientation training. Trains and advises the courtâ€™s law clerks with regard to the courtâ€™s preferences concerning legal research practices, opinion writing styles and formats. Advises the court regarding legal research and document management software systems and related tools. Assists with the drafting and publication of the Court Rules. In consultation with the library committee, oversees the planning, maintenance and management of the Courtâ€™s library and electronic legal research resources. Participates in public outreach activities. Performs other related work as requested.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate should have done graduation from an ABA accredited law school with high academic credentials. Admitted to practice law in the State of Iowa with a minimum of three (3) yearsâ€™ experience in Iowa (another state or District of Columbia) is preferred with five (5) yearsâ€™ experience highly preferred. Superior legal research and writing skills, analytical skills, and knowledge of appellate court practice and procedure. Demonstrated ability to produce high quality legal writing and to consistently meet deadlines. Knowledge of Iowa law, and of the organization, functions, and responsibilities of the courts. Superior knowledge of the principles, procedures, and practices of conducting electronic and manual legal research, and demonstrated proficiency using electronic legal research. Superior ability to formulate and express ideas in writing or orally on complex technical and legal subjects. Demonstrated superior ability to draft legal memorandum or opinions under the guidance and supervision of a judge. Superior ability to provide reliable legal advice on a broad range of subject matters. Superior knowledge of electronic research and document management tools. Ability to comprehend complex topics; ability to formulate and to clearly and concisely express ideas on complex subjects. Ability to work with confidential information on a regular basis. Ability to treat co-workers, court users/participants, and members of the public courteously and impartially regardless of race, gender, age, color, national origin, religion, disability, or socio-economic status.
Position no :SCA 13091-002. Email Cover Letter, resume, and the Iowa Judicial Branch Application for Employment.
Iowa Judicial Branch
Des Moines, IA