The Pro Se Law Clerk provides legal advice and assistance to the court in connection with prisoner petitions and complaints. Funding for the position is reviewed annually and is based on the number of case filings. This position does not involve representing clients or providing advice to pro se litigants. Ethical considerations prohibit the lawyer employed in this position from practicing law in any capacity for compensation outside or in addition to work for the court.
This posting will be open until the position is filled.
Please answer all of the questions and provide a writing sample and a resume.
Salary Range: $60,210 - $131,833 (JSP 11 - 14). Salary commensurate with qualifications.
To apply, go to www.oscar.uscourts.gov. You will need to register for an account if you do not already have an OSCAR account.
- Performs substantive screening after filing of all prisoner and inmate petitions and motions, including state habeas corpus petitions, motions to vacate sentence, and civil rights complaints.
- Drafts appropriate recommendations and orders for the Court's signature.
- Reviews all complaints, petitions, and pleadings that have been filed to determine issues involved and basis for relief.
- Performs research, as required, to assist the Court in preparing opinions.
- Maintains liaison between the Court and litigants. Corresponds with other officials, such as U.S. Attorney, as required.
- Evaluates present procedures to determine new innovations for increasing the effectiveness in handling complaints, petitions, and pleadings. Reviews the docket of pending prisoner and inmate litigation to assure the proper progress of such cases and advises the Court of those cases where action by the Court is appropriate.
- Compiles statistics and prepares periodic reports, as required, that reflect the status and flow of cases. Identifies problem areas, makes recommendations, and offers solutions, as required by the Court, Administrative Office, and other officials.
- Keeps abreast of changes in the law to aid the Court in adjusting to new legislation in the pro se area.
- Provides information, guidance, and advice to judges, magistrates, and other personnel working in the pro se area. Advises appropriate personnel on the status of particular cases. Performs other duties as assigned.