Description Judge Kris Davick-Halfen, who is chambered in the Stearns County Courthouse, St. Cloud, Minnesota, seeks qualified candidates for a judicial law clerk position. Judge Davick-Halfen is seeking a motivated, professional individual, to become a part of her team in Stearns County. If you have an interest in learning about the courtroom process, even if you are unsure that this is your career aspiration, you are encouraged to apply for this law clerk position. The successful applicant will have a good academic record, excellent research and writing skills, and the ability to work both individually and as part of a highly energetic team. Law Clerks work directly with the District Court Judge performing legal research, drafting legal documents, jury instructions, correspondence, memoranda, and other writings as required. The law clerk will communicate orally and in writing with pro se litigants, attorneys, county and court personnel, and other members of the public as directed by the judge. The law clerk will assist the judge in managing cases through the court system as directed. In addition to work assignments, clerks have the opportunity to observe court proceedings and learn firsthand how the court system operates. The successful candidate will be articulate, self-motivated, and an excellent writer. Solid academic and analytical skills are required. Applicants must have the ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing. Computer literacy is important, familiarity with Westlaw and Microsoft Word/Windows operating system preferred. Law Clerks are at-will employees and the work is performed under the supervision of a District Court Judge. Example of Duties (Any one position may not include all of the duties listed, nor do the examples cover all the duties which may be performed.) The caseload involves all types of cases and issues, including: criminal, traffic, civil, family, probate, juvenile, and conciliation. The law clerk will work in each of these areas on a regular basis. Anyone with an interest in working in or around the courtroom and legal research and writing will enjoy this opportunity. In addition to traditional duties of research and writing orders and memoranda, you will be expected to interact with a variety of stakeholders and participants, manage conciliation court, and develop the skills and knowledge necessary to successfully be a part of a court proceeding. The judicial team in Stearns County is positive, professional, and looking forward to an individual who will make a great addition to our work environment. • Reviews, studies, researches, and annotates laws, court decisions, documents, opinions, briefs, and related legal authorities. • Prepares briefs, legal memoranda, and statement of issues involved, including appropriate suggestions or recommendations to the justice or judge. • Compiles references on laws and decisions necessary for legal determinations. • Confers with judge concerning legal questions, construction of documents and granting of orders. • Attends court sessions to hear oral arguments and records necessary case information; maintain records attendant to court proceedings. • May perform courtroom duties including calling the calendar; swearing in jury panels and witness; taking court minutes; and assisting in various court proceedings such as arraignments, motions, hearings, pre-trial conferences and trials. Typical Qualifications Knowledge of general law, state law, established precedent, and sources of legal reference. - Must be a graduate of an accredited law school. - Knowledge of legal terminology and concepts. - Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, with a diverse group of people, including attorneys and self-represented litigants. - Ability to research complex legal problems or questions and apply legal principles. - Ability to represent the court in a dignified manner. - Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others. - Knowledge and experience working with confidential materials. - Familiarity with Microsoft products, including legal research software (foremost, Westlaw) is preferred. - Work is performed primarily in an office setting or a courtroom. Knowledge of general law, state law, established precedent, and sources of legal reference. SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE WILL BE REQUIRED TO PASS A CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK Supplemental Information This position will remain open and recruitment will continue until this position is filled. Full State of Minnesota Benefit package. Please apply for this position online by clicking the Apply link near the top of this page. (For instructions on creating and submitting your online application, click on the How to Apply link in the left-hand menu at the top of this page.) In addition to completing the online application, please upload and attach your resume, transcripts and writing sample (no more than 10 pages) It is the policy of the Minnesota Judicial Branch that all decisions regarding employment are made without discrimination on the basis of disability. Please let us know if you need a reasonable accommodation for a disability to participate in the employee selection process by contacting HR, 7th8th.HumanResources@courts.state.mn.us If you have questions about this position, please contact us at: 7th8th.HumanResources@courts.state.mn.us "The Minnesota Judicial Branch (MJB) is committed to providing fair and equal access to justice. If you share this same commitment, desire a meaningful career serving the public, and want the opportunity to make a difference for your community, consider a career with us. We celebrate and are committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion, and actively seek and encourage applications from persons with diverse backgrounds and characteristics. Minnesota Judicial Branch employees consistently express pride in their public service and in the quality of programs and services provided to customers, as well as appreciation for the teamwork and collaboration that is promoted within the MJB."
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