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Attorney Editor (Supreme Court Attorney, Level A-D) more...
Location:San Francisco, CA
Company:Judicial Council of California
First posted:May 05, 2017
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Job Description Job Title: Attorney Editor (Supreme Court Attorney, Level A-D) Job ID: 4443 Location: San Francisco

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

Overview The California Supreme Court, located in San Francisco, is accepting applications for an Attorney Editor in the Office of the Reporter of Decisions.  The Reporter of Decisions principally supervises publication of the California Official Reports, provides editorial support to the Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal, and disseminates appellate opinions to the public via the Internet.   

THE SUPREME COURT

The California Supreme Court is the state's highest court. Its decisions are binding on all other California state courts. The court conducts regular sessions in San Francisco, as well as in Los Angeles and Sacramento; it may also hold special sessions elsewhere.

The Supreme Court has original jurisdiction in proceedings for extraordinary relief in the form of mandamus, certiorari, and prohibition. The court also has original jurisdiction in habeas corpus proceedings. The state Constitution gives the Supreme Court the authority to review decisions of the Courts of Appeal. This reviewing power enables the Supreme Court to decide important legal questions and to maintain uniformity in the law. The court selects specific issues for review, or it may decide all the issues in a case. The Constitution also directs the high court to review all cases in which a trial court has pronounced a judgment of death. Under state law, these cases are automatically appealed directly from a trial court to the Supreme Court. In addition, the Supreme Court reviews the recommendations of the Commission on Judicial Performance and the State Bar of California concerning the discipline of judges and attorneys for misconduct. The court may also review the decisions of the Public Utilities Commission.

Within the Supreme Court, the Reporter of Decisions performs duties prescribed by law, rules, orders, and practices of the Supreme Court primarily relating to the dissemination and publication of appellate opinions.  

. Responsibilities Provide immediate review of opinions received for Internet posting for specified issues relating to authenticity, integrity, and accuracy; utilize computer applications to post opinions to the Internet.

Assist as needed in researching, reviewing, and assessing citational and styling queries and suggestions from the publisher's editorial team arising from the prepublication editing process for the Official Reports advance pamphlets. 

Review Supreme Court opinions prior to circulation within the court for citational and stylistic accuracy and conformity to specified standards (e.g., Cal. Style Manual) grammar, syntax, clarity, and internal consistency and accuracy. 

Edit Official Reports advance pamphlet versions of opinions, including summaries and headnotes, for accuracy and compliance with specified standards prior to submission to authoring justices for review and approval of the final versions.

Research and prepare memoranda and other documents for special projects or assignments as directed by the Supreme Court or the Reporter of Decisions. 

. Qualifications MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Level A: Active membership in the State Bar of California.

Level B: Active membership in the State Bar of California and the equivalent of two years of post bar legal experience in a legal setting such as a private law practice, corporation, government agency, law school, court, or legal publishing company.

OR

Equivalent to two years of post bar legal experience in a legal setting as described above, including one year of experience as an appellate attorney, Level A, with the judicial branch.

Level C: Active membership in the State Bar of California and the equivalent of three years of post-bar legal experience in a legal setting such as a private law practice, corporation, government agency, law school, court, or legal publishing company.

OR

One year of experience as an appellate attorney, Level B, with the judicial branch.

Level D: Active membership in the State Bar of California and the equivalent of four years of post-bar legal experience in a legal setting such as a private law practice, corporation, government agency, law school, court, or legal publishing company.

OR

One year of experience as an appellate attorney, Level C, with the judicial branch.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS

  • Proficiency with computer applications such as Microsoft Word, LexisNexis, and Westlaw.
  • Extraordinary knowledge of English grammar and modern legal writing and research methodology. 
  • Experience in a legal publishing editorial environment is advantageous. 
  • Working knowledge of, and familiarity with, the California Style Manual and The Bluebook. 
  • Knowledge of substantive and procedural legal principles and applications.
  • Knowledge of California and federal statutory and case law and provisions of the United States and California Constitutions, and California Rules of Court.

    . Other Information If you are selected for hire, the Supreme Court of California will require verification of employment eligibility or authorization to work legally in the United States. 

    . How To Apply To ensure consideration of your application for the earliest round of interviews, please apply by 5:00p.m. on May 29th, 2017, however this position will remain open until filled.  This position requires the submission of our official application, resume, and a response to the supplemental questionnaire below.

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

    To obtain a printed application, please download a copy from the Careers page on our website under the Special Access and Paper Application Help section OR visit:

    Judicial Council of California
    Human Resources, Job 4443
    455 Golden Gate Avenue, 5th Floor
    San Francisco, California 94102-3660
    415-865-4272 Telecommunications Device for the Deaf

    . Supplemental Questions In order to better assess the qualifications of each applicant, we ask that you respond to the following questions.

    1. Please describe your experience in editing as it pertains to legal materials and books.

    2. Please provide a short statement, not to exceed one page, describing how your legal background qualifies you to serve as an Attorney Editor and why you are interested in the position.

    3.  Please provide your date of admission to the State Bar of California.

    . Pay and Benefits SALARY RANGE:  Level A-D ($5,541 - $11,326 per month)
    (Starting level and salary commensurate with experience)

    Level A Supreme Court Attorney Salary: $5,541 per month
    Level B Supreme Court Attorney Salary: $6,706 - $8,520 per month
    Level C Supreme Court Attorney Salary: $7,372 - $9,369 per month
    Level D Supreme Court Attorney Salary: $8,488 - $11,326 per month

    Some highlights of our benefits package for qualifying employees 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
  • CalPERS Retirement Plan
  • 401 (k) and 457 deferred compensation plans
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Basic Life and AD&D Insurance
  • FlexElect Program
  • Long Term Disability Program (employee paid/optional)
  • Group Legal Plan (employee paid/optional)

    . Equal Employment Opportunity The California Supreme Court is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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