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Opportunity Title: Pro Se Law Clerk
Location: Denver
Department: United States District Court - District of Colorado
Posted Date: 12/18/2018
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
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Brief Description

**This is a courtesy posting for the United States District Court - District of Colorado**

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 located in Denver, Colorado and is a full time permanent position. The position is eligible for full federal government benefits including Federal Employees Retirement System.  The salary range for this position is $79,799 - $112,133, dependent upon qualifications.

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.

Grade Qualifications:

Grade 12 ($79,799): J.D. and one year post J.D. legal experience. Bar membership required.

Grade 13  ($94,890):  J.D. and two years post J.D. experience.  Bar membership required.

Grade 14 ($112,133): J.D. and three years post J.D. experience. At least two years experience as a federal law clerk is required to be placed at the grade 14 level.  Bar membership required.

How to Apply:

Qualified applicants should submit by email only: 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 # 2019-03-USDC in subject line of email.

Application materials must be submitted in pdf or Word format only. Documents from any File Housing Service (Google Docs, DropBox, etc.) will not be accepted.

Information for Applicants:

Only qualified applicants satisfying qualification requirements, as specified in the vacancy announcement, will be considered for an interview for this position. Placement above step 1 of the grade for which the applicant qualifies is based on previous federal service.

Successful employment with the U.S. Courts is based on acceptable performance. The successful applicant will be placed within a one-year probationary period. The Court requires employees to adhere to the Code of Conduct for Judiciary Employees which is available upon request.

The Court reserves the right to modify the conditions of this vacancy announcement, to withdraw the announcement, and/or to commence interviews immediately, any of which actions may occur without prior written or other notice.

The Court is not authorized to reimburse travel expenses for interviews or relocation.

A complete list of benefits and eligibility can be found under “Employment Opportunities” at In addition, this position is subject to mandatory fund transfer (EFT) participation, adherence to 8 U.S.C.§ 1324b(a)(3)(B) regarding hiring of lawful permanent residents, FBI fingerprint and background. All compensation and promotions are subject to final approval by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.


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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