Minimum Requirements:
Must be a law school graduate or a current law school student expecting to graduate before the employment start date.

Effective Immediately
Judge Anni H. Foster with A Government Entity, Division One is accepting clerkship applications and materials from law school graduates, practicing attorneys, and current law school students who expect to graduate in Spring 2025 and wish to apply for a clerkship that will begin in August 2025.
The first review date will be Monday, June 3, 2024, however, interviews may be conducted as applications are received. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible.

Position Summary:
A Government Entity, Division One, Law Clerk I position is an exempt salaried position. Under the direction of the Chambers Judge, a Law Clerk's primary responsibility is to review briefs and the court record and to prepare a pre-draft decision in assigned cases. This position presents a rare opportunity to work directly with experienced judges and staff lawyers on complex and fascinating legal issues, improve their writing and analytical skills, and make a lasting contribution to the law in Arizona.

Please include the following materials in one combined PDF, not to exceed 15MB:
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Law School Transcript
  • Writing Sample (no more than five pages; excerpts permitted)
  • Two or Three Letters of Recommendation (may be submitted separately)

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Job Description:
Cases that are assigned to a particular panel of judges are divided among the three judges on the panel, and draft decisions are prepared by law clerks or staff attorneys working with an individual judge. Law clerks may be asked to write an initial draft decision, with varying degrees of input from the assigned judge. The draft is then circulated to the other judges on the panel for consideration when the case is set for conference.

At conference, the law clerk who has drafted a proposed decision may be asked to present the case to the panel of judges. The law clerk's presentation generally includes a summary of the relevant facts and an analysis of the relevant law. The law clerk is expected to have thoroughly reviewed the trial court record and to be available to help answer questions about the record. The law clerk who prepared the initial draft may also be asked to assist with post-conference editing and with cite-checking the draft.

During conference, law clerks also take notes on all cases presented, including cases presented by staff attorneys and other law clerks.

Essential Functions:
  • Analyze the record and legal issues and undertake legal research.
  • Draft proposed written decisions and submit to judges.
  • Participate in conference, answer judges' questions, and attend oral arguments.
  • Access and utilize the Court's case management system.
  • Access and utilize SharePoint and Office 365.
  • Act as bailiff for oral arguments.
  • Law clerks may be given other projects by their judge(s). Such projects may include case law or statutory research, and assistance in handling requests for special action relief.
  • An effective law clerk does whatever is necessary to help the judge work efficiently and productively.
  • Law Clerks have shared administrative responsibilities with the chamber's Judicial Assistant.
  • Law Clerks may be assigned general supervisory responsibilities for externs working in their chambers.
  • Law Clerks are bound by the ethical standards established by the Code of Conduct for Judicial Employees.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:
  • Bachelor's degree (B.A. /B.S.)
  • Law degree from an accredited college/university and law school.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Knowledge and understanding of law, court procedures, and court systems.
  • Knowledge of legal research tools (Westlaw, Lexis Nexis, etc.).
  • Ability to work with professionalism in a busy environment.
  • High ethical standards: Ability to maintain confidentiality regarding pending court cases and business processes.
  • Ability to organize and manage multiple projects simultaneously and changes in responsibilities, duties, and procedures through cross training.
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills.
  • Superior research and analytical skills.
  • Show initiative and sound judgement in decision making.
  • Close attention to detail and commitment to accuracy.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills in a variety of situations.
  • Skilled in citation formatting.

Preferred Education and Experience:
Prior legal experience, including work as a lawyer, extern, or intern, is a plus. Other professional experience, particularly involving research and writing is preferred.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Reasoning Ability:
Ability to apply common sense and understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, and diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several variables in standardized situations. Ability to apply knowledge and experience to each case using parallels from other cases and deductive reasoning.

Physical Requirements and Equipment Operations:
  • Prolonged periods of sitting or standing at a desk working on a computer.
  • Retrieve boxes and case files from low and high storage areas.
  • Lift and move up to 30 pounds.

Supervisory Responsibility:
This position has no direct supervisory responsibility.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work only. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all required responsibilities, duties, and skills. Other similar duties may be added, or the description amended at any time.