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Rules Research Attorney Job Description
Job series: Rules Research Attorney
FLSA status: Exempt
OCC Group: Professional Services
Job code: R45022
Original signature of State Court Administrator approval available in the Human Resources Division, signed 8/24/2011.
 
GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES
Provides highly complex legal services to Supreme Court committees tasked to examine certain aspects of the law, including drafting new practices and procedures (such as in Criminal and Civil Jury Instructions, and Court Rules). Through the Supreme Court Law Library, this position provides legal research, advice, and prepares legal memoranda on issues as necessary to judicial officers throughout the state.
 
DISTINGUISHING FACTORS
Positions in this classification are distinguished from other positions based on the highly complex and/or sensitive nature of their work, the level of experience and expertise required to fulfill their duties, and their work for judicial branch committees on non-case specific policy issues. Attorneys in this position perform legal research and analysis, prepare written legal memoranda, and provide other direct legal services to judicial officers and court administration on the most complex issues presented by the judiciary, including comprehensive analysis of rules and procedural issues. The position reports to the Supreme Court Law Librarian.  
 
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE POSITION
 
Provides legal staff support to Supreme Court committees and task forces, including assisting with development of Supreme Court policies, rules and procedures.
 
Researches, analyzes, and formulates recommended policies, procedures, and forms related to court proceedings and recurring issues, including jury instructions and procedural rules, at the request of justices and Supreme Court committees.
 
Drafts rules, administrative recommendations, and Chief Justice Directives. 
 
Responds to judicial officer inquiries statewide on procedural and substantive issues during trials and pre-trial hearings, including motions, evidentiary objections, jury instructions, status of case authorities cited by counsel, and points of substantive law. Advises on research results and assists judicial officers in developing an appropriate course of action.
  
Attends meetings and training as required.
 
Performs other duties as assigned.
 
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
No formal supervisory responsibility. However, some guidance may be provided for legal support staff.
 
QUALIFICATIONS   
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each of the above essential functions satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, ability, physical and environmental conditions required of the employee on the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
 
EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE
Graduation from an accredited law school; possession of a certificate of admission to the Bar of the State of Colorado; eligibility to practice law before the courts of the State of Colorado; and three years of experience in the practice of law.
 
PHYSICAL DEMANDS
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to walk; use hands and arms to perform repetitive motions; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus.
 
WORK ENVIRONMENT
Occasionally handles emergency or crisis situations; frequently subject to interruptions, and multiple calls and inquiries. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.
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