Law Clerk

Lansing, MI
Full Time
Job #: 0505-20-003bw Salary: $65,980 Yearly
The Michigan Supreme Court is currently seeking qualified candidates to fill the position of Law Clerk in the Chambers of Supreme Court Justice Richard H. Bernstein in mid-to late August. The person in this position assists in the evaluation of cases filed with the Court, which includes reviewing Commissioner reports, proposed orders and opinions, and discussion of pending cases with the Justice. Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Prepare draft opinions, concurrences and dissents of the Supreme Court. Edit draft opinions issued by other offices. Research and advise the Justice with regard to draft opinions, including drafting and advocating proposed changes per the Justice's instructions;
  • Review Commissioner recommendations regarding applications for leave to appeal, including reviewing facts and legal issues and recommending to the Justice whether the Court should hear the case. Prepare summary for the Justice and draft "hold" memos summarizing why the Court should hear the case as directed by the Justice;
  • Review and analyze "hold" memos and other memoranda prepared by the other Justices' offices, discuss with the Justice and prepare responsive memos as necessary;
  • Confer with the Justice on pending matters such as opinions, conference agenda items and orders recommended by Commissioners;
  • Review cases scheduled for conference consideration, discussing them with the Justice, and draft memos to the Justice as necessary. Draft memos as directed by the Justice advocating the Justice's position and attempting to persuade a majority to the Justice's view of the case;
  • Prepare memoranda in advance of oral arguments, including reviewing cases, conducting required legal research, summarizing important facts and arguments and drafting and editing memoranda;
  • Review draft per curiam opinions, conduct required legal research, analyze issues, prepare recommendations for the Justice, and draft proposed revisions;
  • Review and analyze administrative agenda and conduct legal research and follow-up;
  • Attend or review videotape or transcript of oral arguments of assigned cases;
  • Track current developments in the law, including reading Supreme Court and Court of Appeals opinions, legal periodicals and other relevant information;
  • Draft speeches and perform other duties as required;
  • Assign research projects to and supervise research activities of unpaid legal interns.

Required Education and Experience
Education And Experience:

  • Juris Doctor (JD) from an accredited law school and at least one year of experience involving significant legal research and writing, required. Relevant law school experience and/or legal internship(s) may be considered towards the experience requirement. Prior work with the Court of Appeals or other judicial forum may be preferred by the hiring Justice.

Additional Requirements and Information
Location: This position will be located at the Hall of Justice in Lansing, Michigan.

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