Trial Law Clerk
This is professional work assisting judges with case management, pending litigation and issues, and or process criminal and civil appeals. This position is responsible for drafting memoranda, opinions, orders and reports; conducting legal research, reviewing briefs and case files and advising judges on pending litigation and issues.
The following statements describe the principal functions of this job and its scope of responsibility, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned, including working in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise to balance the work load.
- Conducts legal research of substantive and procedural legal matters, and drafts/prepares legal documents, such as opinions, judgments, etc.
- Drafts proposed orders for motions filed in and issues arising during death penalty cases; drafts proposed orders imposing a life-or-death sentence.
- Reviews files, evidence, depositions, pleadings, motions, legal briefs and memoranda of law, proposed orders, etc; in order to advise judges.
- Provides immediate legal research and recommendations required by judges conducting court sessions.
- Assists the circuit court appellate division by drafting bench briefs and/or appellate opinions,
- Attends staff meetings to exchange information; attends technical or professional workshops, seminars or conferences to improve professional skills.
- Prepares drafts of resolutions, ordinances, responses to legislative requests, leases and contracts.
Performs other tasks as assigned.
This position provides customer service to members of the judiciary and other court employees. Personal contact occurs with other employees of the unit and employees of other departments.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements are representative of the knowledge, skills, and ability required.
- Ability to analyze and interpret the highly complex documents and related materials relevant to litigation, e.g., legislation, legal opinions, case law.
- Ability to respond to highly sensitive inquiries or complaints.
- Ability to write speeches and articles using original or innovative techniques or style.
- Ability to make persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to top management, public groups, and/or boards.
- Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volumes.
- Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.
Problem Solving Ability
- Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems.
- Ability to deal with nonverbal symbolism (formulas, scientific equations, graphs, etc.) in its most difficult phases.
- Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables.
- Analyzes major organization-wide policies, budgets, procedures, systems or accounting methods on a continuous basis.
Specialized Skills and Abilities
- Knowledge of legal principles, statutory and case law, court rules and procedures.
- Comprehensive knowledge of legal publications and the ability to use them efficiently.
- Ability to reason logically and analytically.
- The ability to grasp, comprehend and analyze complex legal issues and complicated factual details.
- Ability to perform exacting work, attentive to issues in matter before the court.
- Writing skills, including the ability to prepare legal memoranda, opinions, legal documents, briefs, resolutions, ordinances and other legal correspondence.
- Ability to prepare and interpret highly technical and involved legal documents, legal opinions and proposed legislation.
- Ability to communicate efficiently in legal and litigation circumstances in both oral and written formats.
- Ability to digest and communicate ideas and concepts orally and in writing.
- Ability to exercise discretion, confidentially, and impartiality in handling matters before the court.
- Ability to remain calm in stressful situations.
- Ability to work efficiently with others.
- Ability to take a teamwork approach to the job by cooperating with others, offering to help others when needed, and considering larger organization or team goals rather than individual concerns. Includes the ability to build a constructive team spirit where team members are committed to the goals and objectives of the team.
Machines and Equipment
This employee will be required to operate a computer, calculator, telephone, fax machine, copy machine, and other general office equipment in the completion of the tasks of the position.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee will occasionally be required to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, and lift up to twenty-five pounds; and will regularly be required to sit, and frequently use hands to finger, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. No special vision requirements.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job in a typical indoors office environment. The noise level for this environment will be moderate.
- Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Juris Doctorate.
- Valid Florida Driver License for required travel.
- Membership with the Florida Bar within one year of hire.
Work Schedule: Full-time.
Salary: $20.19 - $31.19 per hour, DOE