Capital Litigation Law Clerk

Position Overview

ABOUT THE POSITION:
The Capital Litigation Law Clerk provides legal assistance to all Superior Court judges throughout the State of Arizona at all stages of capital cases: pretrial, jury trial, and post-conviction. Job duties include legal research, document drafting and general assistance in capital cases.

Note: The salary range listed above $61,152.00 – $95,576.00 reflects the FULL pay range of this position. Based on experience and equity within the Judicial Branch, the ENTRY pay range is expected to be $61,152.00 to $78,374.40 annually. This position is exempt under the FLSA.


ABOUT THE SUPERIOR COURT:

The Superior Court of the Judicial Branch of Arizona in Maricopa County is dedicated to providing a safe, fair and impartial forum for resolving disputes, enhancing access to our services, and providing innovative, evidenced-based practices that improve the safety of our community and ensure the public’s trust and confidence in the Judicial Branch. The Superior Court in Maricopa County, one of the largest, most innovative and progressive trial courts in the nation, seeks innovative individuals to join our team who will embrace our vision of excellence and the principles inherent in the Rule of Law…every person, every day, every time. We fulfill these principles through a culture that values fairness, respect, integrity, innovation, and safety.

Position Qualifications

We recognize your time is valuable, so please apply if you meet the following required qualifications:

Education:
  • Graduation from an accredited school of law.

Experience:
  • Two (2) years of work experience as a law clerk to a judge.
OR

Combined education and experience qualifications:
  • Three (3) years’ experience in criminal trial or appellate litigation within the Arizona court system may substitute for the required work experience.

Other Requirements:
  • Member of the Arizona State Bar.

Our Preferred Candidate has:
  • Experience in capital litigation at the trial court or appellate level.
  • Past criminal trial and/or capital trial experience.

Knowledge, skills, and abilities:

Knowledge of:
  • Legal research methods and techniques.
  • Court procedures and operations.
  • State laws, rules and regulations.

Skill in:
  • Effective communication both orally and written.

Ability to:
  • Interpret, analyze and evaluate legal information and draw conclusions.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
Essential Job Tasks

(This is not an all-inclusive list of all job duties that may be required; employees will be required to perform other related duties as assigned.)
  • Assists Superior Court judicial officers throughout the State of Arizona at all stages of capital cases with case specific legal research and document drafting as requested by the judicial officers.
  • Continuously updates the Arizona Supreme Court’s Capital Sentencing Guide on the Supreme Court web site. This is done by compiling capital Arizona judicial decisions by categories for easy reference by judges as well as updating the legal criteria for each aggravating and mitigating circumstance.
  • Updates, via email, judges throughout the State regarding changes to capital statutes, rules and case law.
  • Develops training and trains judges and court staff at New Judge Orientation, the annual Judicial Conference, and other court training programs on issues that arise in capital litigation.
  • Maintains and updates a databank of collected rulings, jury instructions and jury questionnaires to be shared with trial judges in capital cases.
  • Reviews every order issued by the Supreme Court in capital cases to ensure prompt compliance with orders directed to the trial courts.

Working conditions
:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to speak clearly and hear; see details of objects that are less than a few feet away; sit for long periods of time; stand, walk, use hands to finger handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; and occasionally push, pull or lift up to 20 pounds.
Judicial Branch facilities are located throughout Maricopa County. This position may be reassigned to other locations. Assignments will be made based upon the needs of the department.

The Judicial Branch in Maricopa County is an EEO/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.
Selection Procedure

Judicial Branch Human Resources reserves the right to move forward candidates based on the information provided directly on the application. The hiring authority will select the successful candidate based on the needs of the department.

Typically, successful candidates are hired at a salary rate up to the midpoint of the range, based on relevant experience, internal equity, and budgetary allowances.

All Judicial Branch offers of employment and continued employment are contingent upon passing a thorough background/fingerprint check. Applicants must completely and fully answer any questions regarding felony and misdemeanor convictions including any convictions that have been expunged or set aside. Failure to include criminal history information is grounds for termination of an offer and employment. A conviction may not automatically disqualify an applicant.

Maricopa County offers a Total Compensation Package that includes competitive salaries and a comprehensive, affordable benefits package. High value is placed on employee well-being and meeting the needs of our employees and their families. Our benefits package is comprised of traditional benefits like medical, prescription, dental, vision, and other health benefits. Employees are supported by various wellness programs including classes, coaching, and fitness center opportunities. Our generous benefit options are some of the best in Arizona and just one of the unique advantages of working for Maricopa County. Below is a representative listing of typical benefits received by most full-time employees.

Holidays and Leave
Maricopa County observes ten paid holidays per year. Most County employees accrue vacation (starting at three weeks per year for full-time employees) and sick leave (starting at one hour for every 30 hours worked for all employees). Employees also receive paid leave for other needs such as jury duty, civic duty, and bereavement.

Medical, Prescription, Behavioral Health, Dental, Vision, and Flexible Spending Accounts
We understand how important health care is to maintaining a good quality of life. We also know our employees want to have the freedom to choose benefit plans to best meet their needs. Eligible employees may choose from four medical plan options, an HMO, PPO, and two HDHP (High Deductible Health Plans) with a health savings account. When employees enroll in medical coverage, they are automatically enrolled in prescription and behavioral health coverage as well. There are three dental plans from which to choose, two PPO plans and a pre-paid dental plan that functions like an HMO. As is the case with medical, the plans range in cost, flexibility, and network of providers. The vision plan provides employees and their covered dependents access to routine vision services and materials, including an annual eye exam. For those who wish to set aside pre-tax dollars to pay for eligible healthcare and dependent care expenses, the flexible spending accounts are suitable for that need.

Life and Disability Insurance
Because life sometimes takes unexpected turns, the County offers life insurance coverage to help employees and their loved ones in the event of death. Basic life and basic accidental death & dismemberment insurance equivalent to one times an employee’s annual base salary is provided at no cost, with the option for employees to purchase additional coverage including spouse and child life insurance. Disability insurance is available to replace a portion of an employee’s salary should they experience a short-term illness or injury.

Retirement
Eligible employees are covered by one of several State-sponsored retirement pension plans, including the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) and the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS). Additionally, there’s the option to contribute to a 457(b) Savings Plan that provides employees with a variety of investment opportunities. For those employees who retire from the County and from their retirement system, and have accrued 1,000 or more hours of sick leave, the County makes a $10,000 contribution to a Post-Employment Health Plan set up on their behalf to be used for payment of eligible out-of-pocket healthcare expenses.

Group Legal Plan
Maricopa County offers employees group discounts to purchase coverage for legal services such as adoptions, family matters, wills and trusts.

Wellness
Maricopa County’s Wellness Works program promotes health and wellness for employees and their families by focusing on physical activity, good nutrition, self-care and stress management. Maricopa County offers eligible employees a wellness incentive for completing required activities. By meeting a set of criteria, employees and their families can get reimbursed for participating in a Weight Watchers Program. On-site fitness facilities and fitness classes are provided to employees at various locations around the County. Employees and their families also have the opportunity to receive a discounted fitness club membership at LA Fitness. Employees have access to smoking cessation programs and health-related classes on various topics including nutrition, exercise and stress management. Employees located downtown benefit from an onsite pharmacy and clinic. Every fall, flu vaccines are offered to employees at various County locations.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
When employees and their families are faced with personal issues, confidential, short-term counseling and referral services are available to them at no cost.

Employee Discounts
Maricopa County subscribes to a service association which provides employees with volume discounts for sporting events, entertainment, and many other services.

Commute Options Program (COP)
Maricopa County provides free Valley Metro passes for the bus and light rail systems for commuting to/from work; a vanpool subsidy is also provided. Employees can decrease stress, decrease wear and tear on their vehicle and help the environment all at the same time.

New Employee Orientation (NEO)
NEO provides new employees with information about Maricopa County such as: history, organizational structure, Merit Rules, County policies and procedures, County pay system and benefits and employee programs.

Rewarding Ideas/Employee Suggestions
Employees are provided with incentives to generate ideas for improvements that result in cost reduction through increased efficiency and productivity, improved processes and procedures and elimination of duplication and waste. Our employees’ ideas could put money in their pocket!!

Tuition Reimbursement
To promote Maricopa County’s long term employee retention objectives, our employees are eligible to receive financial assistance to continue their education, help make them more productive, enhance their job performance, and equip them to pursue new opportunities within County government.

To learn more about the County’s generous benefits, visit the Maricopa County Employee Benefits and Wellness website.

Agency
Maricopa County
Address

301 W Jefferson
8th Floor

Phoenix, Arizona, 85003

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