Closing Date: 17th February, 2023


District Court Staff Attorneys are responsible for providing professional legal services for the District Court to help the court process and dispose of cases, and are directly responsible to the District Court Administrator. Employees in this class may also assist in the recruitment, selection, training and supervision of law clerks.

  • Performs extensive research, prepares memoranda, orally briefs the court, and drafts proposed rulings and orders for review by the presiding judge.
  • Assists the district court administrator in the attraction, recruitment, evaluation and selection and of new law clerks.
  • Mentor, train and assist in overseeing the work and performance of law clerks.
  • Review and assist law clerks’ rulings and orders prior to submitting to the presiding judge.
  • Assists Judges of the District Court by researching issues, preparing memoranda or drafting proposed rulings and orders on regular submission cases.
  • Provides extensive research and prepares memoranda or oral reports on complex court-related administrative questions and research projects.
  • Prepares rulings on appeals from magistrate court and reviews appeal rulings prepared by law clerks.
  • Conducts electronic and manual research of statutes, opinions, regulations, legal texts, policies and other legal resources.
  • Examines filings for legal sufficiency, jurisdiction, and proper form as required by statutes, rules, regulations and other legal precedents.
  • Assists the District Court in screening cases to determine which matters should be set for hearing and which matters should be resolved without a hearing.
  • Assists judges with researching and preparing jury instructions.
  • Make small and large group public presentations to inform or educate the public on matters regarding the judicial branch and the court system and processes.
  • Performs other related work as requested.

This is a non-merit position with the Iowa Judicial Branch. Candidates must follow the instructions in the "To Apply" section.

Positions in this class are exempt from the screening and referral requirements of the Iowa Department of Administrative Services - Human Resources Enterprise.

Minimum Qualification Requirements
Graduation from an accredited law school and admission to practice law in Iowa.

Experience equal to three years of full-time work in the practice of law, including experience as a law clerk.

Candidates must pass a criminal background check.