Editor of Opinions Job Description

Job Series:  Editor of Opinions
FLSA status: Excluded
OCC Group: Professional
Job code: R45070
Original signature of State Court Administrator approval available in the Human Resources Division, signed 2/3/99.

GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES
Provides highly complex legal editing of opinions for the Colorado Court of Appeals.
 
DISTINGUISHING FACTORS
Editor of Opinions is distinguished from other classifications due to the primary focus of editing, but not creating original legal opinions. Supervision is received from the Chief Judge of the Colorado Court of Appeals.
 
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE POSITION
Edits all draft opinions prepared by Court of Appeals Judges, law clerks, and staff attorneys. Reviews and provides direction on rules of syntax, grammar, punctuation, diction, rhetoric, semantics, style, legal content, and citation of authority.
 
Acts as a liaison between publishers and the Court of Appeals on matters pertinent to the publication of opinions.
 
Performs legal research to keep abreast of the law and related trends so as to edit opinions correctly.
 
Provides research materials and assists court personnel in doing research on opinions.
 
Attends meetings and training as required.
 
Performs other duties as assigned.
 
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
Has supervisory accountability for other employees, volunteers, or interns. Plans, directs and coordinates activities for a unit. Duties may include scheduling and assigning of work, training in all facets of work, quality control, and decisions impacting the pay, status and tenure of others. Conducts performance appraisals, and provides input into and participates in discipline, dismissal, and hiring processes.
 
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 six years of experience in the practice or study 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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