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Appellate Court Law Clerk / Judicial Secretary

Vacancy Announcement

  • Location
    Danville
  • Office
    Chambers of Justice Craig H. DeArmond
  • Posted Date
    09/09/22
  • Closing Date
    This position will remain open until filled. However, those individuals submitting materials by September 30, 2022, will be given first consideration.
  • Division
    Fourth District Appellate Court
  • Benefits
    An attractive judicial branch benefits package is offered, including pension, medical, dental, vision and life insurance, as well as deferred compensation and generous leave time.
  • Salary
    $87,391

Justice Craig H. DeArmond of the Illinois Appellate Court, Fourth District, is seeking a judicial law clerk/secretary to perform legal research, analysis, and writing and to review and assist in the drafting of judicial opinions, orders, and other legal documents, as well as perform various administrative duties.

DUTIES INCLUDE:

  • Conduct legal research and prepare memoranda of law providing legal and procedural
  • advice.
  • Assist in drafting opinions, orders and other memoranda.
  • Edit and cite check final draft orders, opinions, dissents or special concurrences.
  • Advise the Justice on research of court rules and points of law on pending legal cases.
  • Research law regarding issues addressed by parties or the court.
  • Read and examine case law; determine relevant cases to be read; verify the jurisdiction of the court.
  • Assist the Justice in preparation for an educational conference or speaking engagement.
  • Read petitions for rehearing on assigned cases as needed; research as requested by the Justice.
  • Study current legal publications, recent opinions of the Illinois Supreme and Appellate Courts, and other relevant state and federal cases; interpret new statutes according to legislative intent and review recent legislation.
  • Assist the Justice in his committee work.
  • May supervise the work of law school externs.
  • Draft case review summaries and questions in connection with oral argument preparation.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • The position also requires sharing administrative duties with the other clerks, including but not limited to, corresponding with the Springfield courthouse and other chambers, tracking the status of motions and cases, paying bills, maintaining case files, and keeping the library up to date. The successful applicant must have the ability to comport oneself in a manner which is cognizant of the Court’s ethical responsibilities.    

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:

1. Working knowledge of, and ability to apply, federal and state laws and court decisions to pending legal cases.

2. Working knowledge of, and ability to apply, court procedures and rules of evidence.

3. Skill in providing legal research and preparing memorandum of law providing legal and procedural advice.

4. Skill in analyzing legal issues and writing persuasively.

5. Skill in applying legal principles and specialized knowledge to individual cases and problems.

6. Ability to communicate effectively.

7. Ability to apprise the Justice of new statutes and recent legislation changes.

8. Associates with employees and the public in a pleasant, courteous and helpful manner.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

Applicants must be a licensed attorney and admitted to the Illinois bar. Law Review/journal experience is preferred. Preference will be given to those with prior experience as a judicial law clerk and/or appellate lawyer or as a legal practitioner, but all applicants with an outstanding academic record and superior research and writing skills will be considered. Excellent computer and technology skills required.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

This position requires the ability to sit or stand for extended periods of time. This is a professional office working environment requiring telephone usage and the ability to process and read large volumes of written documents.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant must possess the ability to travel throughout the state, including overnight stays as required. This position requires a valid driver’s license, proof of automobile insurance to operate a personal vehicle on state business, and a safe driving record. Applicant may be required to submit additional materials and/or complete job specific tests for the position. The position will permit some degree of remote work, but in order to fulfill all administrative responsibilities, work on a totally remote basis is not possible.

Interested individuals should submit a letter of interest, resume, professional writing sample, a transcript of law school grades, and 3 references to:

Craig H. DeArmond

Attn: Catherine McGuire

Illinois Appellate Court, Fourth District

3609 N. Vermilion, Suite B

Danville, IL. 61832

Applicants may also submit materials electronically to cmcguire@illinoiscourts.gov. This position will remain open until filled. However, those individuals submitting materials by September 30, 2022, will be given first consideration.

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