Closing Date: 19th July, 2024


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Mission Statement
The Judicial Department works to provide equal access to justice, contribute to public safety, and strengthen the rule of law across Colorado. Together our courts and probation departments are committed to impartial and timely dispute resolution; support for families, litigants, and victims; client rehabilitation; and meaningful community engagement.

Statement of Duties
General Statement of Duties:
Provides highly complex legal service performing legal research for the entire bench in a judicial district.

Distinguishing Factors:
Positions in this classification are distinguished from law clerks and other positions due to the concentration on legal research for all district judges in a judicial district and maintenance of the district's law library. Courtroom and bailiff duties are not required of this position. This position reports to the Chief Judge in the designated district. A district can convert Law Clerk positions to Legal Research Attorney positions using a ratio .25 Legal Research Attorneys for every 1.0 District Court Judge, OR convert the funding for Law Clerks to Legal Research Attorneys at a ratio of 4:1. Each district is allowed a minimum of 1.0 Legal Research Attorneys. The Legal Research Attorney is a classified, non-certified position that is considered at-will and may be terminated at any time with or without cause.

Additional Comments:
Please submit a short writing sample (5 pages or less) unedited by another person, a cover letter, and resume with your application. This position will be located at the Douglas County Justice Center.

The Legal Research Attorney Team for the 18th Judicial District assists the District Court Judges for Douglas, Elbert, Lincoln, and Arapahoe Counties with legal research and writing. Applicants should be comfortable working independently on complex legal writing projects. Minimum education and credential requirements: Graduation from an accredited law school; possession of a certificate of admission to the Bar of the State of Colorado; and eligibility to practice law before the courts of the State of Colorado. A hybrid work schedule may be available.

Essential Functions:
  • Researches legal issues presented by parties during litigation.
  • Advises judges on research results and assists the judge in developing an appropriate course of action in the case.
  • Writes the first draft of opinions issued by the court.
  • Reviews documents and pleadings filed with the court as assigned by individual judges.
  • Compiles information gained from research on particular issues in a case.
  • Maintains all library materials including book, CD-ROM, and electronic research subscription in more than one location.
  • Recommends library materials for research and reference purposes.
  • Authorizes the use of research materials or the district's law library to those other than district judges.
  • Attends meetings and training as required.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Supervisor Responsibilities:
No formal supervisory responsibility. Responsibility for one's own work product and work within a unit performing similar functions. Rarely provides lead function, advice, or explains work instructions to other employees or volunteers.

Minimum Qualifications:
Minimum Education:
Graduation from an accredited law school; possession of a certificate of admission to the Bar of the State of Colorado; and eligibility to practice law before the courts of the State of Colorado.

Physical Demands:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to walk; use hands and arms to perform repetitive motions; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment:
Occasionally handles emergency or crisis situations; frequently subject to interruptions, and multiple calls and inquiries. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.