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JUDICIARY OF THE U. S. VIRGIN ISLANDS



APPELLATE LAW CLERK

Location: St. Thomas

Division: Chief Justice's Chambers

Number of Vacancies: 1

Salary Range: $66,940 per annum

Requirements: Graduation from an accredited law school

Documents Required: Cover letter, resume, law school transcript, writing sample and two letters of recommendation (one from law school faculty and one from the most recent work experience)

Opened: Monday, March 27, 2017

Closes: April 12, 2017 at 4:00 pm (Atlantic Standard Time) for first consideration

Nature of Work:

This is professional legal work performed for a justice of the Supreme Court. Work involves the performance of professional legal research and other related administrative work in the preparation of memoranda, opinions, or orders for a justice concerning the cases before him/her. Work is performed under general supervision of a justice and is reviewed through conferences and submitted work.

Essential Functions: This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. 

         Reviews, studies, searches, and annotates laws, court decisions, documents, opinions, briefs, and related legal authorities; researches the law for oral motions made during trials.

         Prepares briefs, legal memoranda, statement of issues involved, opinions and judgment for review by the justice, including appropriate suggestions or recommendations to the justice.

         Compiles references on laws and decisions necessary for legal determinations.

         Proofreads and edits draft opinions and orders issued by other justices.

         Confers with justice concerning legal questions, construction of documents and granting of orders.

         Attends court sessions to hear oral arguments and records necessary case information; maintains notes attendant to court proceedings.

         Other duties as assigned or required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  Knowledge of general law, Territorial code, established precedent, and sources of legal reference.

  Knowledge of legal terminology and concepts.

  Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, with a diverse group of people.

  Ability to research complex legal problems or questions and apply legal principles.

  Ability to represent the court in a respectful manner.

  Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationship with others.

  Skilled in the operation of a personal computer with word processing and legal research software.

  Skilled in working under pressure of deadlines, maintaining a professional demeanor during stressful situations, and establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships.

  Must exemplify the desired Court culture and philosophies.

Work Environment:

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.  Work is performed primarily in an office setting or a courtroom.

Physical/Sensory Requirements:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee routinely uses standards office equipment such as laptop computers, smart devices, photocopiers, filing cabinets and other materials. The employee is regularly required to stand; sit; use hands and fingers to perform repetitive motions, reach with hands and arms, talk and hear.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Position may require periods of extended sitting or computer use.

Qualifications and Educational Requirements: Graduation from an accredited law school.

To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, writing sample and two letters of recommendation from law school faculty and the most recent work experience to:

Honorable Chief Justice Rhys S. Hodge

Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands

P.O. Box 590

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands 00804

Tel: (340) 774-2237

Fax: (340) 774-2258

TTY: (340) 693-4118

Any applicant who needs a reasonable accommodation shall advise the Court's ADA Coordinators.

-Equal Opportunity Employer-

Please mail your resume to the address below.
Honorable Chief Justice Rhys S. Hodge
Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands
P.O. Box 590
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands   00804
340-774-2237
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