Fourth District, Division Two of the California Court of
Appeal in Riverside, is accepting applications for the Chambers
Appellate Attorney official classification Senior Appellate Court
Attorney or Appellate Court Attorney, Level D.
attorney works closely with a justice as part of the justice’s chambers
staff and performs legal duties in a Court of Appeal, including
reviewing and analyzing appellate case records, conducting research of
legal issues, drafting memoranda and tentative opinions at the direction
of the justice, and performing related work as assigned. Candidates
must be capable of interacting courteously and professionally with
justices and court staff. A chambers attorney should possess superior
legal research and writing skills and the ability to present a statement
of fact, law and argument clearly, concisely and logically in written
form. Candidates should be capable of performing all legal tasks with
Must be available to attend meetings outside
of normal working hours, work occasional evening and weekend hours, and
may be required to travel statewide as necessary.
membership in the State Bar of California and the equivalent of six
years of post-bar legal experience, including substantial appellate
experience, in a legal setting such as a private law practice,
corporation, government agency, law school, court, or legal publishing
Two years of experience as an appellate attorney, Level D, with the judicial branch.
D: Active membership in the State Bar of California and the equivalent
of four years of post-bar legal experience in a legal setting such as a
private law practice, corporation, government agency, law school, court,
or legal publishing company.
Licenses and Certificates: Active membership in the State Bar of California.
- Substantive and procedural legal principles and applications.
and character of California and federal statutory and case law and
provisions of the United States and California Constitutions; California
Rules of Court; the legislative process; statutes and constitutional
provisions governing the organization, duties, powers, procedures,
management, and conduct of the work of the trial and appellate courts.
- Legal research methods.
- Principles and administrative and constitutional law.
- Rules of evidence and procedure in California trial and appellate courts.
Ability to effectively:
complex legal research, including computerized legal research; apply
legal principles and precedents to particular sets of facts.
legal issues; present statements of facts, law, policy, and argument
clearly, concisely, and logically in both written and oral form.
- Draft legal opinions, briefs, and other legal documents and correspondence.
- Interact successfully with justices, court and agency staff, and the public.
sound judgement and integrity consistent with representing the judicial
branch; maintain confidentiality or work product.