Overview

Provides expert legal consultation/advice and performs legal writing and editing related to the business operations of the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC).Reporting to the Legal Services and Appellate Court Support Manager, this is an expert level job that works independently with minimal guidance and supervision. Exercises broad decision making authority within the area of responsibility and expertise defined and directed by the LS&ACS Manager. Interacts regularly with AOC staff, judicial committees and court staff. Provides legal analysis on issues affecting the business operation of AOC. Provides legal and administrative staff support to judicial committees; meets with committees and subcommittees to develop materials; records minutes and handles administrative matters for the committee. Works with judicial committees to develop bench books and manuals; records minutes, prepares a detailed outline of the publication for committee approval, and develops comprehensive work plan for the development and publication of bench books and manuals; assists in preparation of budget for publications. Writes and edits bench book and manual drafts; prepares manuscript for final publication; plans, coordinates, edits, and writes updates to bench books and manuals. Coordinates the distribution and review of materials by judges and other experts; prepares status reports and other information on publications and special projects. Researches court rules, statutes, and case law relative to forms, jury instructions, potential court rules, legislation, and publications. Assists in development and review of legislation for the judiciary, as requested by the State Court Administrator and judicial committees; may serve as a member of the legislative team; attends legislative hearings as required. Makes presentations on legal topics to Administrative Office of the Courts staff, court personnel, and members of the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA). Responds to legal information requests from judges, court staff, and other constituents. Performs other duties as required.A Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited school of law; AND Membership in good standing with the Washington State Bar Association; AND Four years of experience as a practicing attorney or similar legal work.

THE IDEAL APPLICANT WILL ALSO HAVE SOME OR ALL OF THE FOLLOWING KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS OR ABILITIES Experience in the courts of Washington as a practicing attorney or law clerk. Knowledge of substantive areas of law including, but not limited to, criminal, civil, juvenile, mental health, guardianship, and family law.

HOW TO APPLY / APPLICATION Requirements

Interested applicants who meet the qualifications and competencies in this announcement are encouraged to apply for this opportunity.

The following items are REQUIRED for your application to be considered complete. Note: ALL sections of the Application must be completed.

  • Resume (chronological)
  • One legal writing sample of your own work, no longer than 15 pages
  • Judicial Branch Application for Employment

Cover Letter (no more than two pages)
The Judicial Branch Application for Employment can be found at www.courts.wa.gov/employ, under Current Openings, click on Washington Courts, the Application is located at the bottom of the page.

It is preferred applications be emailed to employmentcourts.wa.gov in a PDF format (Word documents are also accepted).

You can also mail your materials to:
Administrative Office of the Court
Attn: Human Resources
PO Box 41170, Olympia, WA 98504-1170

Faxed copies can be sent to 360-586-4409.

Late applications will not be accepted when a deadline is expressed.

General suggestions for creating a good application packet:

  • Read the job posting very carefully. Find out as much as you can about the position.
  • Make sure you are very diligent in following all the application instructions. Include all requested documentation.
  • Make sure your application and cover letter (if requested) directly addresses how you meet each of the required and desired qualifications.
  • Make sure your application and cover letter reflect your best writing.

The initial screening will be based on the content and completeness of your application and the materials submitted. All information may be verified and documentation may be required. Applications with comments such as “see attachments” or “N/A” will be considered incomplete.

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