Legal Research Attorney

Pueblo, CO
Full Time
Job #: R45020
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.

Essential Functions Of the Position:
  • 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 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.

Closing Date: 29th March, 2019
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