Definition and Class Characteristics Under direction, researches legal issues and recommends judicial action on matters pending before the Court.Employees perform professional level, criminal and/or civil legal work in support of law & motion and trial calendars.
Attorneys may also advise the Court on legal aspects of administrative and operational issues.
Essential Duties Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:?Gathers information regarding legal motions, pleadings and writs presented to the Court by conferring with others and reviewing case files, legal documents and exhibits.?Identifies, researches, and analyzes legal issues and conflicting legal opinion; researches citations submitted by attorneys; 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 argument strengths/weaknesses and recommending judicial action; prepares ad hoc reports summarizing studies of court decisions, administrative action, state statutes, County ordinances and other matters not directly related to caseload.
?Recommends judicial action, verbally and in written form; on behalf of the judicial officer, prepares court rulings, statements of decision, orders and judgments, trial summaries, statements of fact and formal appellate bench memoranda.?Confers with Judges, attorneys, court services staff and the public on procedural matters; advises judicial officers, attorneys, court support staff and the public on procedural and substantive legal issues; coordinates work with clerical/ technical case processing staff, staff attorneys and others involved in the judicial process.
?Updates law library materials; performs other collateral services in support of the assigned caseload and judicial officers.?Performs other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications Special Requirement: Current membership in the State Bar of California.Experience: Three years of experience in the practice of civil and/or criminal law, which includes the performance of legal research.Knowledge of: Law and legal principles, practices and procedures as applied to area(s) of assignment specialty; legal research methods and techniques; rules of evidence; rules and procedures; conduct of proceedings in trial, appellate and United States courts and the judicial ethics.Ability to: Identify and analyze legal issues; research statutes and case law; conduct independent research of legal issues; apply legal principles to case facts and make decisions; prepare and present legal analyses and recommendations for judicial action, verbally and in writing; confer with and advise judicial officers, attorneys, court support staff and the public on procedural and substantive legal issues; handle sensitive matters with finesse and discretion; coordinate work with others; listen to argument/discussion and understand underlying problem /question; recognize and respect limit of authority and responsibility; work in an environment with conflicting priorities; use computer for legal research, word processing and communication by email.
Use of the court's case management system and Judicial Access.Special Requirement: The employee must have the ability to transport himself/herself between or among different work locations when needed to carry out job-related essential functions.
If traveling in own vehicle or court vehicle you must possess a valid California Driver License.
Other Information Physical Demands: Frequent use of computers to perform research, communicate with others and prepare typed documents.
Strength, dexterity, coordination and vision to use a keyboard and video display terminal on a daily basis.
Hearing to communicate with the public and court staff.
Dexterity and coordination to handle files and single pieces of paper; occasional bending and stooping; occasional lifting of objects weighing up to 25 lbs.
such as files, stacks of papers, reference and other materials.
Moving from place to place within an office; some reaching for items above and below desk level.Work Environment: Generally clean work environment with limited exposure to conditions such as dust fumes, odors or noise.
Computer display terminal is used on a daily basis.
Employees in this class may be required to arrange transportation for field travel and/or use their personal vehicle.Clarifying Statement: This job description will be reviewed periodically and responsibilities may change with business necessity.
This job description is not intended and should not be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, or working conditions associated with this job.SELECTION PROCEDURES:Step I: All applications will be reviewed to identify candidates who meet the minimum qualifications; those candidates will be referred to step II in the selection process.
Step II: All applications who meet the minimum qualifications will be reviewed by the Subject Matter Experts.
Successful applicants may be invited to an oral interview.Step III: Those candidates who are successful in the interview (weighted 100%) may be placed on the eligible list.
Placement on the eligible list is not a guarantee of employment.All candidates will be notified via email of their status at each step of the process.Additional steps for the selection process will include a background and reference check.REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONSRiverside Superior Court provides reasonable accommodations upon request for applicants with disabilities.
Please contact the Human Resources Department at or if you feel you will need an accommodation for any aspect of the selection process.
The Human Resources Department asks that it be advised of special needs at least five days prior to the examination so that a reasonable accommodation may be made.Unit: SEIU ProfessionalFLSA Status: Non-ExemptReports to:Managing AttorneyAmount of Travel Required: Less than 5%Work Schedule: M ? F 8 hrs.
per day Positions Supervised: None MEDICAL PLAN and Dental PLANThe Court offers medical and dental plans.Employees may waive the Court-offered Medical and Hospital Plan, if they provide proof of other current "group" health plan coverage.(MEDICAL FLEXIBLE BENEFIT PROGRAM)The Court contributes an amount each month, which is determined by the "Type of Enrollment" on behalf of each regular employee in a paid status, who is enrolled in one of the medical and hospital plans provided by the Superior Court of California, County of Riverside.Flexible Benefit contributions shall be reduced on a pro-rated basis for an employee working less than full time.VISION PLANThe Court offers a vision plan.
PERSONAL TIME OFFEmployees in this job class accrue personal time off credits; pro-rated if less than full time.
LIFE INSURANCECourt pays a basic term life insurance policy for each SEIU employee.RETIREMENTParticipation in Public Employee's Retirement System (PERS).EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (EAP) EAP is a benefit provided by Superior Court of California, County of Riverside for all employees.
HOLIDAYSGenerally thirteen days per year.Employees are entitled to eight (8) hours of holiday pay for each court recognized holiday.
01 The information you provide will be used to rate your qualifications for the position.
Rsums will not be accepted in lieu of completing these questions.
Please provide concise, descriptive, and detailed information when answering the question.
If you do not have experience, please write "NONE". NOTE: 'See rsum', 'See above', or copy and paste of your rsum are not considered qualifying responses and will not be scored.
By selecting yes below, you acknowledge that you have read and understood this application requirement.
Yes No 02 Specialized Experience: This position requires three years of experience in the practice of civil and/or criminal law, which included the performance of legal research.
Special Requirement: Current membership in the State Bar of California.
I understand that by answering the following questions, I am attesting that I have read the experience requirements above and have the required specialized experience.
I possess a minimum of three years of experience.
I do not have a minimum of three years of experience.
03 Are you a current member of the State Bar of California?
Yes No 04 If yes, please provide the Bar Number.
If none, indicate none.
05 How many years of experience do you have in the practice of criminal law, which includes the performance of legal research duties?
(Note: for the purposes of this questionnaire "criminal law" includes practice related to petitions for writs of habeas corpus.) Less than one year One year Two years Three years Four years Five or more years 06 Describe your educational background, professional experience, and research conducted in criminal law (which may include education, experience, and research related to petitions for writs of habeas corpus). Include the following information for each position held relating to the above experience: From (mo/yr) - To (mo/yr), Employer Name, Job Title, Department 07 What other areas of law do you have experience with?
Include the following information for each position held relating to the above experience: From (mo/yr) - To (mo/yr), Employer Name, Job Title, Department 08 Describe your experience identifying and analyzing legal issues.
Include the following information for each position held relating to the above experience: From (mo/yr) - To (mo/yr), Employer Name, Job Title, Department 09 Describe your experience conducting independent research i.e., research entirely prepared by you without assistance from colleagues, associates, supervisors or partners.
Include the following information for each position held relating to the above experience: From (mo/yr) - To (mo/yr), Employer Name, Job Title, Department 10 Describe your experience preparing and presenting legal analyses and recommendations for legal action both verbally and in writing.
Include the following information for each position held relating to the above experience: From (mo/yr) - To (mo/yr), Employer Name, Job Title, Department 11 What aspects of your background do you feel makes you especially qualified to be a Judicial Staff Attorney?
12 Describe any experience you have in working with judicial officers and court personnel.
Include the following information for each position held relating to the above experience: From (mo/yr) - To (mo/yr), Employer Name, Job Title, Department 13 You must attach three (3) writing samples that were written in the 24 months prior to your application.
At least one of your writing samples must include the analysis of an issue related to criminal law (which may include issues related to petitions for writs of habeas corpus). The legal writing samples must be attached to your application using the "Add Attachment(s)" feature of the online application.
Use the attachments title Required Attachment 1, Required Attachment 2 and Required Attachment 3.
How to use the "Add Attachment(s) feature: 1.You can add any required attachment(s) at Step 4: Confirm Application.
2.Once on the Confirm Application page, scroll down and click the "Add Attachment(s)" link 3.Title your attachment at File Description 4.Locate the file on your computer using the "Browse button 5.Click Upload Do you understand that it is your responsibility to attach three (3) legal writing samples to your application?