The United States District Court for the District of Hawaii is a career-oriented organization focused on providing exceptional service to the court, members of the legal community and the general public. Currently, we are seeking applicants for a Pro Se Law Clerk positionbased in our courthouse in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Pro Se Law Clerks (aka, Pro Se Staff Attorneys) perform substantive screening of all prisoner petitions and motions, including state habeas corpus petitions, motions to vacate sentence, and civil rights complaints; perform substantive screening of other pro se litigation; draft appropriate recommendations and orders for the Court’s signature; perform research to assist the Court in preparing opinions; serve as a liaison between the Court and litigants; review the docket of pending prisoner litigation to assure the proper progress of such cases and advise the Court where action by the Court is appropriate; compile statistics and prepare periodic reports which reflect the status and flow of cases, and perform other duties, as assigned.
Salary And Qualifications:
Graduation from an accredited law school, a strong academic background, membership (in good standing) with a State Bar, and at least one year of full-time post J.D. legal experience. A strong work ethic, and excellent organizational, communication and research/writing skills are required. Applicant must possess proficient computer skills; ability to work with strict deadlines within a fast-paced environment and ability to work independently or as a team player.
Additional Qualifications (Court Preferred):
Working knowledge of criminal law and constitutional law, and previous state or federal clerkship experience.
- Grade 12: J.D. and one year post J.D. legal experience. Bar membership required.
- Grade 13: J.D. and two years post J.D. experience. Bar membership required.
- Grade 14: J.D. and three years post J.D. experience. At least two-years of experience as a federal law clerk AND bar membership is required to be placed at the grade 14 level.
Applicants must be United States citizens or eligible to work in the United States. All application information is subject to verification. Employees of the United States District Court serve under “Excepted Appointments” and are considered “At-Will” employees. Court employees are required to adhere to the Code of Conduct for Federal Judicial Employees. This position is subject to mandatory electronic funds transfer for payroll direct deposit.