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Attorney II more...
Location:San Francisco, CA
Company:Judicial Council of California
First posted:May 25, 2017 (last updated 1 week 7 hours ago)

Job Description Job Title: Attorney II Job ID: 4449 Location: San Francisco

Full/Part Time: Full-Time Regular/Temporary: Regular

Overview The Legal Services office of the Judicial Council of California provides quality, timely, and ethical legal advice and services to the Supreme Court, Courts of Appeal, trial courts, Judicial Council, and its advisory bodies and staff.

Legal Services is currently searching for an attorney to join a dynamic law office that provides effective legal support to judicial branch clients on challenging, varied, and significant legal issues. The attorney will work in the Litigation Management Unit and will provide legal advice to judicial branch clients.

The Litigation Management Unit attorney manages government claims, lawsuits and other litigation brought against trial and appellate courts as well as the Judicial Council. Attorneys in the Litigation Management Unit provide in-house counsel services to the judicial branch and also provide legal advice on subpoenas and disqualification statements brought against judicial officers. The attorney will independently manage a workload in a collegial and collaborative environment.
. Responsibilities

  • Provide in-house counsel services for the trial and appellate courts and the Judicial Council.
  • Serve as an in-house counsel for the courts and the Judicial Council on a diverse range of litigation matters covering all legal disciplines.
  • Evaluate, investigate, and respond to government claims.
  • Analyze and evaluate lawsuits, writs, and other litigation related matters.
  • Retain and actively manage an outside counsel in all stages of litigation and determine legal strategy. Attend depositions, mediations, hearings, and trials as appropriate.
  • Review and revise pleadings and court filings as necessary.
  • Assist in resolving cases, and prepare and present settlement recommendations.
  • Communicate with judicial officers, court executives, court employees, and judicial branch executives about claims, litigation, and risk management.
  • Conduct legal research and analysis and provide legal advice and opinions.
  • Provide risk management advice as appropriate.
  • Prepare reports regarding litigation, government claims, and Litigation Management Program as appropriate.
  • Perform additional responsibilities, depending on background and experience that may be of direct service to the courts and the Judicial Council. Attorney may be called upon to assist other Legal Services units in areas of labor and employment, legal opinions, transactions, and real estate.
    . Qualifications Minimum Qualifications
    Juris Doctor, and four (4) years of relevant post-bar legal experience as a practicing attorney. After passing the state bar, work experience as a Law Clerk to a federal judge prior to formal state bar admission will be considered qualifying experience.

    Current active membership with the State Bar of California


  • Extensive experience in general litigation;
  • Experience in multiple legal disciplines;
  • Significant experience with legal research, writing, analysis, and drafting legal documents, opinions, guides, correspondence, memorandums, and reports; and
  • Experience in or with the public sector.


  • Excellent critical thinking, problem solving capabilities, and judgment;
  • Superior communication, interpersonal, diplomacy, and public speaking skills;
  • Ability to present issues and advocate positions clearly, concisely, and logically;
  • Ability to manage workloads, coordinate deadlines, and prioritize competing demands;
  • Ability to work autonomously while being a team player with a positive and enthusiastic attitude;
  • Ability to listen to and consider different points of view;
  • Ability to building consensus and resolve conflicts; and
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships.


  • Applicable federal, state, and local laws, codes, regulations, and/or ordinances;
  • Substantive and procedural principles of California and federal statutory and case law;
  • Principles and methods of legal research and analysis;
  • Methods of electronic legal research;
  • Principles and methods of legal writing;
  • Rules of civil procedure and conduct of proceedings in California courts;
  • Principles of constitutional, statutory, and case law;
  • Principles and methods of litigation management, as assigned; and
  • Applicable business equipment and desktop applications.
    . How To Apply To ensure consideration of your application for the earliest round of interviews, please apply by 5:00 P.M. on Thursday, June 22, 2017. This position requires the submission of our official application, a cover letter, a resume, writing sample, and a response to the supplemental questions provided below.

    It is required that you attach your resume, cover letter, writing sample, and response to the supplemental questions.

    Note: When applying on-line, please include your cover letter with the attachment of your resume.

    To complete an online application, please click the APPLY NOW button.

    To obtain a printed application, please download a copy under the Special Access section, and click on the Employment Application link.    

    OR visit:
    Judicial Council of California
    Human Resources
    455 Golden Gate Avenue, 5th Floor
    San Francisco, California 94102-3688
    415-865-4272 Telecommunications Device for the Deaf

    Please refer to "Attorney II, Job Opening # 4449" on your application materials and all correspondence.

    The Judicial Council provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities who request such accommodation.  Reasonable accommodation needs should be requested through Human Resources at (415) 865-4260

    Please note: If you are selected for hire, verification of employment eligibility or authorization to work in the United States will be required.
    . Supplemental Questions To better assess the qualifications of each applicant, we will review your responses to the following questions.  Please indicate for which employer you performed these functions.  Your answers should not exceed a total of three pages.

    1. Please explain why you are interested in this position and the skills you would bring to the position.

    2. Please describe your litigation background and experience and the legal disciplines you have litigated (e.g., personal injury, business, employments, etc). Please include the scope of your trial experience.

    3. Please describe any public sector work you have performed, including any work in government liability or work with public sector employers or employees.

    . Pay and Benefits Monthly Salary Range:
    $10,471 - $12,564 per month
    Starting Salary: $10,471 per month

    Some highlights of our benefits package include:

  • Health/Dental/Vision benefits program
  • 13 paid holidays per calendar year
  • Choice of Annual Leave or Sick/Vacation Leave
  • 1 personal holiday per year
  • $130 transit pass subsidy per month
  • Pre-Tax Parking Savings Program
  • CalPERS Retirement Plan
  • 401 (k) and 457 deferred compensation plans
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Basic Life and AD&D Insurance
  • FlexElect Program
  • Long Term Care Disability (employee paid/optional)
  • Group Legal Plan (employee paid/optional
    . Equal Employment Opportunity The Judicial Council of California Is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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