Term Law Clerk to U. S. District Judges Participating in the Patent Pilot Program

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Job Specifications
Classification Level: 
JSP 11/01 – JSP 13/01
Salary Range: 
$67,845 - $96,698
Location: 
Los Angeles
Opening Date: 
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Closing Date: 
Open until filled
Number of Positions: 
1
Vacancy Number: 
17-13
Job Type: 
Full Time
Position Overview: 

The United States District Court, Central District of California, invites applications for the position of Term Law Clerk to the United States District Judges participating in the Patent Pilot Program. Judges Otero, Selna, Guilford, Wu, Kronstadt, and O’Connell currently participate in the program.

The Patent Pilot Program law clerk provides focused support to the participating judges, including typical law clerk duties and working with the Patent Pilot Program judges’ non-specialist clerks on patent cases. The Patent Pilot Program law clerk also assists with judicial education, development of case management procedures, and coordination of patent-related activities with the bench and bar.

This position requires a two year commitment, starting in the period between June and September of 2017.

The successful candidate will exhibit at all times to all persons a courteous, professional, and cooperative attitude as well as be guided by a self-imposed high standard of integrity and excellence.

Skills/Qualifications: 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

At the time of appointment, the candidate must possess the following minimum requirements:

  • Graduate of an ABA accredited law school with excellent academic credentials;
  • Exceptional research and writing skills;
  • Keen analytical ability and balanced judgment;
  • Proficiency in computer and word processing skills;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Bar membership, clerkship experience and/or post-JD legal work experience.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Prior substantial patent litigation experience.
Compensation and Benefits: 

Compensation will be set based on the experience and qualifications of the successful candidate, subject to the policies and guidelines set forth in the Judicial Salary Plan. Term Law Clerks qualify for federal employees’ group health insurance, life insurance, flexible spending accounts, dental and life insurance.

Information for Applicants: 
  • As a condition of employment, the successful candidate is required to undergo an FBI background check. The selectee may be appointed provisionally, with retention dependent upon a favorable suitability determination from the background check.
  • Applicants must be U. S. citizens or lawful permanent residents of the United States currently seeking citizenship or intending to become citizens.
  • This position is subject to mandatory electronic fund transfer (direct deposit) participation for payment of net pay.
  • Applicants selected for interviews must travel at their own expense. Relocation expenses will not be reimbursed.
  • The United States District Court requires employees to adhere to the Code of Conduct for Federal Judicial Employees, which is available on the Court’s website: http://www.cacd.uscourts.gov

HOW TO APPLY

Interested applicants should apply through OSCAR: https://oscar.uscourts.gov/

or

Applications can be submitted by email: apply_CACD@cacd.uscourts.gov with priority consideration given to applications received by March 31, 2017. Attached documents must be in PDF format and the email should reference the position title and Vacancy No. 17-13. Complete application packets must include the following:

  1. A cover letter;
  2. A resume or curriculum vitae;
  3. Two recent writing samples;
  4. Law school transcripts;
  5. At least three references (preferably current or former employers); and
  6. An application for Federal Branch Employment (visit the court’s website at www.cacd.uscourts.gov to download the job application).

Due to the volume of applications expected to be received, the U. S. District Court will only communicate with those individuals who may be interviewed.

The Federal Judiciary is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer