This is an exciting opportunity to work in one of the nation's most distinguished Appellate Court as a Special Counsel for the Chief Judge. The incumbent serves at the pleasure of the Chief Judge and is responsible for coordinating and handling a wide range of matters of importance on behalf of the Chief Judge, and oversees operations of the Chambers of the Chief Judge.
The starting grade for this position depends on the expertise of the selected candidate.
This position is located in the Chambers of the Chief Judge of the D.C. Court of Appeals (DCCA). The Special Counsel serves as an official Court of Appeals representative, liaison to and collaborates with judges and court officials from other jurisdictions, justice system agencies, city and federal government officials, and with a host of District of Columbia constituencies. The Special Counsel serves as a legal and policy advisor on various legal issues.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:
Serves as principal aide to the Chief Judge and supports the Chief Judge in dealing with legal, administrative, policy, legislative and public affairs issues; directly handles matters of importance on behalf of the Chief Judge.
Serves as the principal advisor to the Chief Judge regarding public affairs, current events and all matters pertaining to the accomplishment of the Court’s documented mission and vision.
Indirectly supervises and trains law clerks. Provides direct oversight and review of their legal work.
Provides policy analysis and strategic consultation to the Chief Judge and management on major issues affecting the Court of Appeals.
Performs legal research and prepares memoranda on legal issues.
Contributes to the preparation of reports, briefings, presentations, and responses to various legal issues.
Provides the Chief Judge with regular briefings related to judicial and non judicial matters that may impact the operational readiness of the Court.
Conducts comprehensive inquiries into any matters of interest or concern to the Chief Judge
Minimum Qualifications: Law degree from an accredited university or college and a minimum of six years of experience practicing as an Attorney. Active D.C. Bar membership in current good standing, or eligibility to waive into the D.C. Bar is required. If not a member of the D.C. Bar, waive into the D.C. Bar within six months after an offer of employment is a condition of employment.
Preferred Qualifications: Knowledge of the D.C. Courts, prior judicial clerkship, and litigation and law firm experience.
The Application Process
Applicants are chosen based on a competitive selection process, which may include clerical testing and/or vacancy questions.
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Open Period:11/14/2019 to 12/01/2019
Additional Salary Information: Pay Plan: JS
Pay Frequency: Per Year
Grade 13 Salary: $99172.00 to $128920.00
Grade 14 Salary: $117191.00 to $152352.00
Grade 15 Salary: $137849.00 to $166500.00
About District of Columbia Courts
"Open to All, Trusted by All, Justice for All." The District of Columbia Courts (the Courts) consist of the Court of Appeals, the Superior Court, and the Court System. The Courts constitute the Judicial Branch of the District of Columbia Government which is separate and distinct from the Executive and Legislative Branches. The Courts' strong judiciary and workforce are its most important assets in providing high quality justice and service to the public.
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