District Court Law Clerk to the Honorable Patrick W. Flanagan

Pine City, MN
Full Time
Job #: FY20102 Salary: $54,935 Yearly
The Tenth Judicial District is accepting applications for a full-time District Court Law Clerk to the the Honorable Patrick W. Flanagan who is chambered in the Pine County Courthouse located in Pine City, MN.

Position Summary
Law Clerks are at-will employees and the work is performed under the supervision of a District Court Judge. This position will office in the Pine County Courthouse, but working remotely is a possibility when needed.

Law Clerks work directly with the District Court Judge performing legal research, drafting legal documents, jury instructions, correspondence, memoranda, and other writings as required. The law clerk will communicate orally and in writing with pro se litigants, attorneys, county and court personnel, and other members of the public as directed by the judge. The law clerk will assist the judge in managing cases through the court system as directed. In addition to work assignments, clerks have the opportunity to observe court proceedings and learn firsthand how the court system operates.

The successful candidate will be articulate, self-motivated, and an excellent writer. Solid academic and analytical skills are required. Applicants must have the ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing. Computer literacy is important, familiarity with Westlaw and Microsoft Word/Windows operating system preferred.

Example of Duties
(Any one position may not include all of the duties listed, nor do the examples cover all the duties which may by performed.)
  • Reviews, studies, researches, and annotates laws, court decisions, documents, opinions, briefs, and related legal authorities.
  • Prepares briefs, legal memoranda, and statement of issues involved, including appropriate suggestions or recommendations to the justice or judge.
  • Compiles references on laws and decisions necessary for legal determinations.
  • Confers with justice, judge or court official concerning legal questions, construction of documents and granting of orders.
  • Attends court sessions to hear oral arguments and records necessary case information; maintain records attendant to court proceedings.
  • May perform courtroom duties including calling the calendar; swearing in jury panels and witness; taking court minutes; and assisting in various court proceedings such as arraignments, motions, hearings, pre-trial conferences and trials.

Typical Qualifications
Minimum Qualifications

  • Knowledge of general law, state law, established precedent, and sources of legal reference.
  • Must be a graduate from an accredited law school.
  • An attorney who has taken and passed the Minnesota Bar Exam is preferred.
  • Successful candidate will be required to pass a criminal background check prior to appointment.

Supplemental Information

The Minnesota Judicial Branch (MJB) is committed to providing fair and equal access to justice. If you share this same commitment, desire a meaningful career serving the public, and want the opportunity to make a difference for your community, consider a career with us.

Minnesota Judicial Branch employees consistently express pride in their public service and in the quality of programs and services provided to customers, as well as appreciation for the teamwork and collaboration that is promoted within the MJB

Our employees receive a combination of generous benefits and unique workplace culture not found at other organizations. This includes meaningful work that impacts our community, work-life balance, a variety of benefits and opportunities to grow.

Application Instructions
Please apply for this position online by clicking the Apply link near the top of this page (for instructions on creating and submitting your online application, click on the How to Apply link in the left-hand menu at the top of this page).

In addition to completing the online application, all applicants must upload and attach your resume, brief writing sample (5-7 pages) and law school transcripts.

If you have questions about this position you may contact Leslie Waterhouse at leslie.waterhouse@courts.state.mn.us.

It is the policy of the Minnesota Judicial Branch that all decisions regarding employment are made without discrimination on the basis of disability. Please let us know if you need a reasonable accommodation for a disability to participate in the employee selection process by contacting HR, 10thDistrictHumanResources@courts.state.mn.us.

Closing Date: 16th April, 2020
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