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Opportunity Title: Law Clerk
Location: Denver
Department: Office of the Presiding Disciplinary Judge, Colorado Supreme Court
Posted Date: 04/16/2019
Closing Date: 05/14/2019
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Brief Description

***This is a courtesy posting for the Office of the Presiding Disciplinary Judge, Colorado Supreme Court.***

Salary: $4,934.00/month - $5,539.00/month

Definition of Work:

Serves as law clerk in sui generis court for the Presiding Disciplinary Judge, an appointee of the Colorado Supreme Court who handles attorney discipline, attorney disability, and unauthorized practice of law cases in Colorado, as well as character and fitness hearings concerning bar applicants. Performs functions typically assigned to law clerks in both trial courts and appellate courts, including drafting orders applying the Colorado Rules of Civil Procedure, attending trials and deliberations, and preparing comprehensive opinions published on Westlaw and LexisNexis. Provides legal research, writing, editing, and other assistance to the Office of the Presiding Disciplinary Judge.


Minimal Educational / Professional Qualifications:

Applicants must have graduated from an accredited law school and must be able to serve one year as a law clerk.

Essential functions of the position:

Develops and applies knowledge of civil procedure, attorney discipline, attorney disability, attorney admissions, and unauthorized practice of law subject areas by consulting the Colorado Rules of Civil Procedure, Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct, and applicable state and federal cases, statutes, and rules.

Reviews pleadings and motions in all phases of proceedings, analyzes issues presented, reviews facts, prepares draft orders and opinions, conducts legal research, and provides legal advice. Prepares legal memoranda as needed.

Attends hearings, prepares courtroom, announces entry of the Presiding Disciplinary Judge, and takes detailed notes on testimony and evidence.

Performs research and discusses legal issues with the Presiding Disciplinary Judge, Hearing Board members, and Senior Staff Attorneys. Attends deliberations of Hearing Boards. Provides Hearing Board with advice regarding legal authorities, recommended outcomes, and interpretations of law during and after deliberations.

Prepares drafts of orders and opinions under supervision of Senior Staff Attorneys, clearly and concisely stating the relevant facts, the issues presented, the applicable legal authority, and the resolution of each issue. If necessary, drafts alternative resolutions. 

Edits and finalizes opinions and orders prior to issuance and publication by checking legal and record citations and by ensuring that opinions and orders conform to rules governing syntax, grammar, style, and citation of authority.

Assists in drafting communications about the office and its functions and distributing case materials to publications.

Performs administrative and organizational duties as needed.

Attend meetings and required training.

Maintains confidentiality in accordance with applicable legal authorities.

Performs other duties as assigned.


Additional comments:

This full-time position will begin in July or August 2019. In addition to the application, applicants must submit a resume, cover letter, law school transcript, contact information for 2-3 references, and a 3-5 page writing sample. Finalists will be invited to an in-person interview, which will include a brief writing exercise.


How to Apply:

Address your cover letter, resume, law school transcript, brief writing sample, and list of references to Tammy Bailey, PDJ Administrator, and email your materials by [4 weeks after job posting] to:



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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