Introduction: The United States District Court for the District of Colorado is currently accepting applications for the position of Pro Se Law Clerk. The position will be in Denver, Colorado and is a part- time permanent position at thirty-five (35) hours per week. This appointment is eligible for pro-rated federal government benefits including Federal Employees Retirement System.
Description of Duties: The Pro Se Law Clerk performs substantive screening of all prisoner petitions and motions, including state habeas corpus petitions, motions to vacate sentence, and civil rights complaints; performs substantive screening of other pro se litigation; drafts appropriate recommendations and orders for the Court’s signature; performs research to assist the Court in preparing opinions; maintains liaison between the Court and litigants; reviews the docket of pending prisoner litigation to assure the proper progress of such cases and advises the Court of those cases where action by the Court is appropriate; compiles statistics and prepares periodic reports which reflect the status and flow of cases, and performs other duties, as assigned.
Qualification Requirements: 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 typing and 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.
Legal Work Experience:
Legal work experience is progressively responsible experience in the practice of law, in legal research, legal administration, or equivalent experience received after graduation from law school. Major or substantial legal activities while in military service may be credited, on a month-to-month basis whether before or after graduation, but not to exceed one year if before graduation.
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