The Senior Law Clerk supports ODC’s appellate attorneys in preparing briefs and oral arguments.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
- Drafts, edits, and formats legal documents, including hearing exhibits and pre-trial pleadings, briefs, motions, letters, and memoranda, pursuant to the rules of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals (DCCA) and the Board on Professional Responsibility (BPR).
- Prepares subpoenas duces tecum and ensures proper service.
- Proofreads and edits documents for grammar, spelling, punctuation, format conformity, and content.
- Ensures prompt and proper filing and service by electronic and traditional means of legal documents with the BPR, the DCCA, and opposing counsel.
- Prepares and submits electronic case files, together with disposition documents, to BPR for contact member review.
- Prepares, files, and serves disposition documents upon contact member approval.
- Ensures timely processing of new cases by preparing and transmitting appropriate form letters.
- Accurately calculates and calendars due dates according to office guidelines and BPR and DCCA rules; tracks due dates for follow up.
- Scans and logs incoming and outgoing correspondence, documents, bank records, emails, and other activities into electronic case tracking system accurately and consistently.
- Updates case status, contact information, and counsel information in case tracking system.
- Manages and maintains form templates and physical and electronic case files.
- Assists other administrative staff as needed, including providing occasional front desk coverage.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (i.e., at least two weeks after the last dose), have received at least one COVID-19 booster shot, and, if hired, present proof of vaccination by the start date.
- Must have a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school and be an active state bar member.
- Demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working environment.
- Strong legal research and analytical skills.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Proficient in Microsoft 365, particularly Outlook, Word, and Excel.
- Advanced skills using legal research tools, particularly Westlaw and PACER.
- Must work well in a team environment and interact professionally with staff, hearing committees, witnesses, the courts, and the public.
- Must successfully work in a fast-paced environment and consistently manage competing priorities to meet deadlines.
- Must work well under pressure, possess excellent time-management and organization abilities, and successfully manage daily tasks.
- Must be adaptable, creative, detail-oriented, deadline-driven, self-motivated, and able to work with minimal supervision.
- Ability to handle and maintain the confidentiality of highly sensitive information.
- Familiarity with the D.C. Rules of Professional Conduct.
- Knowledge of court e-filing process.
This position is currently a hybrid position, with days worked in the office and days worked remotely. The hybrid status of this position may change at any time subject to the Bar’s discretion.
This is not an attempt to list all essential functions of this position. Job duties may change over time based on organizational/department needs.
The D.C. Bar is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, disability status, or any other applicable characteristics protected by law.
The Bar is committed to providing qualified individuals with reasonable accommodations to perform the essential functions of their jobs, pursuant to applicable law. If you require reasonable accommodation as part of the application process, please contact Human Resources at HR@dcbar.org.
As part of the accommodation process, we will conduct an individualized interactive process and may ask you for additional information. Additionally, any final hiring decisions or start dates may be delayed while the accommodation review process is ongoing if the individual is unable to begin work without the requested accommodation.