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JOB OPENING FOR RESEARCH ATTORNEY I
JUDGE MELISSA TAYLOR STANDRIDGE—KANSAS COURT OF APPEALS
The duties of a Research Attorney I include reading briefs and reviewing records submitted on appeal, conducting legal research on a broad range of civil and criminal legal issues, drafting prehearing bench memoranda on assigned cases, proofreading the judge's orders and opinions, verifying citations, assisting the judge during courtroom proceedings, and performing other duties as assigned. Research attorneys also are expected to work cooperatively with chambers staff and court personnel.
Applicants must have the ability to identify, organize, research and analyze complex legal issues; to communicate in clear, cogent and concise legal writing and effective oral expression; to read voluminous records on appeal, legal argument and authorities; to maintain effective and confidential relationships with all court personnel; to work independently and effectively under deadline; and to demonstrate a degree of insight, thoroughness and reliability sufficient to merit the confidence of the appellate bench.
The starting salary for a Research Attorney I is $48,720. The position is eligible for a step increase to $49,937 in 6 months and eligible for a further step increase to $53,764 in another 6 months (12 months after hire).
Because the position currently is vacant, applicants available to start with approximately two weeks' notice will be given first preference. Applicants graduating from law school in May 2014, however, also will be considered.
Applicant is admitted to the Kansas Bar OR has filed or will file a timely application for the July 2014 Kansas Bar exam and complete the character and fitness investigation prior to the exam.
First preference will be given to those applicants whose GPA is ranked in the top one-third of the law school class, unless applicant has 3 or more years of post-law school litigation experience. Applicants with post-law school litigation experience are strongly encouraged to apply.
Submit cover letter, resume, unofficial law school transcript and contact information for two professional references who are familiar with your ability to research and analyze complex legal issues and communicate in clear, cogent and concise legal writing to:
Hon. Melissa Taylor Standridge
Kansas Court of Appeals
Kansas Judicial Center
301 West 10th St.
Topeka, KS 66612-1507
Applications received by 5:00 p.m. on January 31, 2014 will be given preference
The Kansas Judicial Branch is an EEO/AA Employer. The Americans with Disabilities Act ensures your right to reasonable accommodations during the employment process. If accommodation is needed, please contact Patricia Henshall at 785-296-2877 or by TDD through the Kansas Relay Center at (800)766-3777. A request for an accommodation will not affect your opportunities for employment with the Judicial Branch.
KANSAS DISTRICT COURT - STAFF ATTORNEY-3rd JUDICIAL DISTRICT: Position to be responsible for legal research and drafting of memoranda and proposed orders; monitor contracts and duties associated with contract legal staff; recruit, interview, supervise and assign work to law clerks and legal interns and maintain research material in the law library.