$93,587 (CL 28)

San Francisco, CA

One-year term position, renewable up to a maximum of 5 years depending on performance and budget.

Are you interested in a position that supports the federal Judiciary’s mission of ensuring equal justice under the law? The Office of Staff Attorneys for the Ninth Circuit is seeking talented Staff Attorneys to join our team in the Research Unit and the Motions Unit. Staff attorneys report to the Director of Staff Attorneys via a supervising staff attorney and provide substantive legal analysis, advice and assistance on appeals pending before the Court and on other court-related legal issues.

Representative Duties

  • Review district court and agency records, parties’ briefs and other documents filed on appeal, conduct in-depth legal research, and analyze relevant issues.
  • Prepare draft dispositions explaining the factual and legal bases for deciding appeals.
  • Appear before three-judge panels and orally submit recommended dispositions for ready motions or appeals.
  • Analyze motions for reconsideration or petitions for rehearing and recommend disposition to three-judge panels.
  • Process emergency and other time sensitive matters in expedited manner for presentation to judges.
  • Respond to public inquiries and requests for information or assistance from judges or other court staff.
  • Meet court standards for quality, quantity and timeliness of work.

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum of 1 year post-JD legal work experience; two years preferred.
  • Advanced ability to comprehend and apply a wide range of legal concepts, principles, and practices.
  • Advanced ability to conceptualize complex legal problems and solutions and articulate them clearly, succinctly and effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Advanced ability to receive and apply instruction and to progress to a level of professional independence at which less supervision is required.
  • Computer proficient. Advanced ability to use computer-assisted legal research services.
  • Advanced ability to manage workload, to take increasing responsibility for work product, to be self-motivated, to respond quickly to expedited matters, to meet deadlines, and to accommodate demands for increased productivity.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Admission to practice before the highest court of any American state, commonwealth, territory, or possession
  • Federal court experience
  • Immigration or habeas experience

Total Rewards and Work-Life Balance

Salary: Depending on locality* $93,587 (CL 28)

Time off: 13 vacation days; 13 sick leave days; 10 paid holidays

Benefits: Employer subsidized health and life insurance plans. Dental, vision, flexible spending account, long-term care plans available. Employer sponsored pension plan and supplemental retirement contribution plans with employer match.

Other Perks: Telework opportunities, eligibility for Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, mass transit subsidy, reasonable work hours, team environment, creative people, and enhanced vacation accrual-based tenure.

How to Apply

Please submit a PDF application packet through the Career Portal that includes: 1) a cover letter clearly describing how you meet the qualifications for the position, 2) a resume, 3) a list of three references, and 4) a copy of your law school transcript.

Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. More than one position may be filled from this announcement. Only candidates selected for an interview will be notified. Unsuccessful candidates will not receive notice. Applicants scheduled for interviews should advise the Human Resources department if any accommodation will be necessary to interview, must travel at their own expense, and relocation expenses will not be reimbursed.

Conditions of Employment

U.S. citizen or a permanent resident in the process of applying for citizenship. Direct deposit of pay required. Provisionally hired pending results of background investigation and fingerprinting. Positions with the U.S. Courts are at-will, excepted service appointments, and may be terminated with or without cause by the Court. Employees are required to adhere to the Code of Conduct for Judicial Employees. The Ninth Circuit reserves the right to modify the conditions of this job announcement, or to withdraw the announcement, without prior written or other notice.

Equal Opportunity Employer