Closing Date: 18th July, 2024


The Second Judicial District is accepting applications for a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Thomas Gilligan. Judge Gilligan is currently assigned to juvenile, family and child protection and is chambered at the A Government Entity Courthouse at 15 W. Kellogg Blvd, Saint Paul, MN 55102. In this position you will work directly with Judge Gilligan performing professional legal research preparing memoranda, opinions, and orders, and performing administrative work. This position supports Judge Gilligan and promotes the court's mission of providing justice through a system that assures equal access for the fair and timely resolution of cases and controversies.

A District Court Law Clerk will gain insight into judicial and court processes within the Minnesota Judicial Branch in the Second Judicial District with a focus on the administration of justice.

This position will require in-person work but will also include some flexibility to work remotely.

Regular hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 - 4:30. This position will require the ability to work full-time during these hours.

The anticipated start date for this position is early August 2024.

The following are examples of major job duties expected of this position:
  • Review, study, and research laws, court decisions, documents, opinions, briefs, and related legal authorities
  • Prepare proposed orders and legal memoranda including appropriate suggestions or recommendations to the judge. Compile information necessary for legal determinations.
  • Confer with judge concerning legal questions, construction of documents, and granting of orders.
  • Attend court sessions to hear oral arguments and record necessary case information; maintain records attendant to court proceedings.
  • Courtroom duties including taking court minutes, calling the calendar, swearing in jury panels and witness, and assisting in various court proceedings such as arraignments, motions, hearings, pre-trial conferences, and trials.
  • Administrative duties as assigned, including maintaining chambers operations, corresponding with attorneys, and filing on behalf of the court.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Juris Doctor from an accredited law school and/or licensed to practice law in Minnesota.
  • Ability to work a full-time schedule during regular business hours.
  • Knowledge of laws, court rules, and sources of legal reference.
  • Knowledge of court practices and procedures.
  • Knowledge of legal terminology and concepts.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, with a diverse group of people including attorneys and pro se parties.
  • Ability to research complex legal problems or questions and apply legal principles.
  • Ability to represent the court in a respectful manner.
  • Proficient computer skills, including experience using Westlaw, Zoom, and Microsoft Word.
  • Ability to exhibit cultural sensitivity, patience, professionalism, and empathy in the course of work duties.