Closing Date: 15th December, 2022


Position Profile:
The Supreme Court Commissioner seeks a hard-working, innovative, and detail-oriented attorney to work independently on complex legal research, record review, and writing projects that address both settled legal principles and areas where the law is not well-settled because lower court opinions conflict, the United States Supreme Court has announced new constitutional rules, or there are other emerging legal developments. The Staff Attorney's written product must provide an objective and comprehensive basis for each justice to independently decide whether to vote to hear a case and, if necessary, outline the procedural steps recommended for disposition of the matter. The Staff Attorney will engage in numerous other tasks, working with a close-knit, dedicated, and collaborative group of professionals.

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Provides the Justices with legal memoranda recommending whether the Court should grant, deny, or take some other appropriate action on petitions for review and motions, and whether the Court should retain appeals filed directly in the Court or transfer them for decision by the Court of Appeals in the first instance.
  • Prepares draft opinions and orders for the Court and draft rulings for the Commissioner as requested.
  • Prepares, for internal office use, summaries of proposed opinions circulating among the Supreme Court Justices.
  • Prepares, for posting on the Court's website, issue statements for cases to be heard by the Court.
  • Assists the Commissioner's Office in making recommendations for changes to court rules and internal procedures.
  • Serves as a resource for the Court's judicial law clerks and law student externs on legal and procedural questions and assists in the orientation, training, and mentoring of law clerks and externs.
  • Assists in the development and presentation of continuing legal education programs sponsored by the Commissioner's Office.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Credentials
Required Qualifications and Credentials
  • Graduation, with a strong academic record, from an accredited law school.
  • Member in good standing in the Washington State Bar Association (attorneys licensed in other states will be considered, provided they are committed to timely licensure in Washington),
  • Four (4) years of attorney experience working in an appellate court or other relevant experience (we are broad minded about this: show us what you've got),
  • Excellent legal research and writing skills,
  • Ability to learn and help implement new technology,
  • Willingness to work remotely as required by the office,
  • Skills for building and maintaining a positive team environment, AND
  • A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including an understanding and commitment to ending systemic racism as expressed in the Washington Supreme Court's open letter to the public dated June 4, 2020.
  • Note: Pursuant to Supreme Court Order 25700-B-669 (effective 11/1/2022), all employees and volunteers at the Washington Supreme Court must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (primary dosage(s)). Proof of vaccination must be provided, but only for purposes of confirming compliance with this order.

Supplemental Information:
Salary and benefits:
  • This is beginning Staff Attorney position; depending on experience, the salary is likely to start at or near the bottom of Range 74 ($89,292.00 - $117,168 annually).
  • Medical/Dental, Life Insurance, and Long-Term Disability Insurance programs
  • Paid Vacation and Sick Leave
  • State Retirement Plan
  • This position is not covered by the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act and the Washington State Minimum Wage Act.

Application Information:
This position is open until filled; review of applications for this opportunity will begin on December 12, 2022. This recruitment will close when enough qualified applications are received. If you are interested in this opportunity, your prompt application submission is encouraged.

Application submissions Must Contain All of The Following to be considered:
  • A one-page cover letter addressing your qualifications for the position.
  • A resume of not more than 2 pages, with another page listing 3 to 5 professional references.
  • Two legal writing samples (preferably 5 to 10 pages each) representing your own work.
  • Judicial Branch Application for Employment ( under Current Openings, click on Washington Courts, the Application is located at the bottom of the page).

The Supreme Court will not accept applications. Please submit all applications as indicated above.