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Opportunity Title: Law Clerk - Term
Location: Colorado Springs
Department: United States District Court
Posted Date: 08/02/2018
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
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Brief Description

**This is a courtesy posting for the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado**

The U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado is seeking a full-time permanent law clerk in the Chambers of U.S. Magistrate
Judge Kathleen Tafoya. Duty station is located at 212 North Wahsatch Avenue, Suite 1000, Colorado
Springs, Colorado. This position will commence approximately on or before September 4, 2018 (The start
date for this position is negotiable) and extend for a term of two years.

The law clerk will provide legal support to the Judge by conducting legal research, preparing memoranda
and draft orders, attending trials and other court proceedings, and acting as legal advisor. The Judge’s
chambers is a hard-working but friendly environment.  The salary range for this position is JSP 11 ($61,865), JSP 12 ($74,151), to JSP 13 ($88,175).  

Minimum Qualifications:

To be eligible for consideration, the applicant must:
1. Be a graduate of an accredited law school,
2. Have excellent writing and legal research skills, and
3. Have high ethical standards.

Qualification Requirements (effective 1-13-14):

To qualify for the position of law clerk on the personal staff of a federal judge, a person must be a law
school graduate and must have the following experience:
JSP Grade 11 (annual salary $61,865)
Law school graduate
Bar membership not required

JSP Grade 12 (annual salary $74,151)
At least 1 year of legal work experience
Must be a member of the bar of a state, territorial, or federal court of general jurisdiction

JSP Grade 13 (annual salary $88,175)
At least 2 years of legal work experience
Must be a member of the bar of a state, territorial, or federal court of general jurisdiction

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- for-month basis whether
before or after graduation, but not to exceed one year if before graduation from law school.

Strongly Preferred Qualifications:

Judge Tafoya strongly prefers applicants with the following qualifications:
1. Two years or more of legal work experience after graduation from law school, and/or
2. Prior experience as a federal court law clerk after graduation from law school.

How to Apply:

Applicants must apply through the Online System for Clerkship Application and Review, at Through OSCAR, each applicant should submit: a cover letter, current
resume with daytime telephone number and email address, writing sample (no more than 10 pages in
length), and law school transcripts.

Also qualified applicants should submit by email: a cover letter, current resume with daytime
telephone number and email address, writing sample (no more than 10 pages in length), and law school
transcripts to:

Please note vacancy #2018-09-USDC in subject line of email.

Only qualified applicants will be considered for an interview for this position. Applicants who do not
timely submit all required materials, as stated in the How to Apply section of the Vacancy Announcement,
will not be considered.

This position is considered a TERM appointment. This term appointment will require a minimum
commitment of one year but must end no later than four years from the date of the appointment unless
previous federal term law clerk experience applies. Law clerks appointed to term appointments are
subject to social security deductions and are eligible for health, dental, vision, and life insurance coverage.
Term law clerks are not eligible to participate in the retirement system or the Thrift Savings Plan. Based
on the Judge’s discretion, term law clerks may or may not be placed on the Leave Act.

Full federal government benefits overview available at

The selected candidate will be subject to a technical fingerprint check through the FBI Criminal Justice
Information Services Division database as a condition of employment. Employment will be considered
provisional until background check is completed and favorable suitability is determined.

An applicant must be a U.S. citizen or legally eligible to work in the United States. The federal immigration
and appropriations law significantly limits the circumstances in which the federal judiciary may employ a
non-citizen of the United States. Therefore, the U.S. Courts is responsible for ensuring that those selected
for all law clerk positions be eligible to work in the United States by reviewing one of the employment
eligibility documents specified on Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification). Proof of eligibility status
will be required.

Employees are required to use the Electronic Funds transfer (EFT) for payroll deposit.

The United States District Court for the District of Colorado
is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Detailed Job Information
NOTICE! Each person employed must present identity and employment eligibility verification.
NOTICE! Employees hired after March 1, 1988, must be on the payroll direct deposit program.
NOTICE! Disabled applicants: If you have a mental or physical impairment, which limits one of your major life activities (e.g. walking, hearing, seeing, speaking, breathing, or learning) and require special accommodations for testing or interviewing, it is your responsibility to notify the office scheduling the interview or test at least 3 working days before the interview or test date. If you need special accommodations at the work site, you must notify the hiring authority.
NOTICE! All prospective employees of the Colorado Judicial Branch are subject to background investigation prior to hiring.

INFORMATION ALERT: Judicial Department employees may not hold office in a political party, nor may they promote one political party or candidate over another in partisan political elections. Employees may hold not-partisan public office provided that there is no conflict of interest or appearance of impropriety with the duties performed for the Judicial Department. In all cases, it will be within the discretion of the Chief Judge of the judicial district to determine whether such a conflict exists. Employees shall seek the prior approval of the Chief Judge before seeking or assuming any such office. Work related to any office held may not be performed on Judicial Department time. Membership on a board or commission that requires registration or party identification as a qualification is not considered to be partisan political office.
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