Position Summary: The Staff Attorneys’ Office of the Arizona Supreme Court is hiring a Senior Staff Attorney.
The Staff Attorneys’ Office is comprised of ten attorneys and two legal assistants dedicated to providing the highest quality support to the seven justices of the Arizona Supreme Court, primarily in their adjudicative role but also in carrying out their rulemaking and case administration responsibilities.
This position’s essential function consists of reviewing cases subject to the Court’s discretionary jurisdiction and researching, analyzing and drafting timely memoranda about those cases. Senior Staff Attorneys similarly assist the Court on criminal and civil appeals, motions, certified questions, miscellaneous petitions, court rule amendments, and attorney admission and discipline cases. They also advise the duty justice on motions for stay and other matters; draft orders for the Court’s approval; proofread memoranda; staff and serve on court committees as assigned; and interact with the justices, their judicial assistants, their clerks, and the Clerk’s Office on all aspects of case administration and improvement of the Court’s judicial operations.
Minimum Requirements: This position requires a juris doctorate from an A.B.A.-accredited law school and membership in good standing with the State Bar of Arizona. In addition, this position requires at least five years of experience in the active practice of law; a thorough understanding of the application of pertinent constitutional, statutory, regulatory law, and rules; the ability to distinguish legal issues from advocacy and analyze difficult and complex legal problems; and the ability to draft timely memoranda and to discuss the same as needed.
This position also requires excellent legal research, writing and editing skills; oral and written advocacy; time management skills; interpersonal skills; organizational skills, and basic computer skills (including Microsoft Word and Outlook). It also requires the ability to address time-sensitive matters which may include working evenings and weekends; and a willingness to abide by strict security and confidentiality rules and policies and the Arizona Code of Judicial Administration.
The preferred candidate will have at least five years of litigation experience or similar experience in civil, criminal, disciplinary, dependency, or administrative court tribunals involving research and analysis of complex legal and constitutional issues.
Travel level: negligible.
Selection Process: Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Some positions may take 4-6 weeks to fill. Only applicants whose backgrounds most closely meet the needs of the position may be invited to interview. Requests for a special accommodation to participate in the interview process should be made at the time you are contacted to schedule an interview. The selection process may include writing samples and first and/or second round panel interviews. This is a Regular, Full-time, exempt level position. This position is open for internal and external recruitment.
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