The California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division One, which is located at Symphony Towers in downtown San Diego, is accepting applications for a Senior Appellate Court Attorney for its Central Staff. The position will be staffed at the level commensurate with experience.
A Central Staff attorney has numerous legal duties for the court, including reviewing and analyzing appellate case records, conducting legal research and drafting memoranda and opinions at the direction of one of the court's ten justices, on a rotating basis. A Central Staff attorney may also perform other tasks, such as assisting the writs department, reviewing civil case information statements and reviewing and analyzing motions, as assigned. An appropriate candidate must be able to work independently, perform assigned duties efficiently and manage a large and diverse number of responsibilities. An appellate court attorney must have superior legal research and writing skills and the ability to present a statement of facts, law and argument clearly, concisely and logically in written form. The attorney must be able to organize his or her own work, set priorities and meet critical deadlines. The ability to interact courteously and professionally with justices and court staff is also required.
Minimum Qualifications: Applicants must have at least the following:
Active 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 company.
Two years of experience as an appellate attorney, Level D, with the judicial branch.
In addition to the foregoing minimum qualifications, a candidate with at least three years' experience as a judicial staff attorney, as an appellate practitioner, or in a position involving a comparable legal writing and analysis focus and the exercise of adjudicatory (as opposed to solely advocacy) skills is desirable. A broad and practical knowledge of the law, familiarity with appellate practice, mature and sound judgment and the ability to work cooperatively with others are also important, as is the ability to accept editing of one’s work product.