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Appellate Paralegal (SCA 13096-001)

Date Posted
November 5, 2019
Type
Full Time

Job Details

Date Posted

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Position Title

Paralegal

Position Location

Judicial Branch Building
1111 E Court Ave
Des Moines, IA  50319

Position Salary Range

Pay Grade 24: Range $42,452.80 - $62,420.80 Annually
Starting salary commensurate with qualifications. 
Eligible for State of Iowa benefits

Responsibilities

The Iowa Judicial Branch is looking for a highly skilled paralegal for the Appellate Clerk of Courts Office. The ideal candidate has the ability to juggle multiple tasks and has a high attention to detail. In this role, the candidate would provide effective and proficient legal assistance to attorneys and justices of the judicial branch. The successful candidate will have a high commitment to customer service and high ethical and professional standards.

Under the supervision and direction of the Clerk of the Appellate courts, an appellate paralegal dockets and reviews filings made in the appellate courts, prepares letters, memoranda and legal documents for use by the court and the legal counsel in the appellate court clerk's office, assists in the preparation of trial court files for use during the appellate process; reviews briefs, appendices and other filed documents for appellate rules compliance, jurisdictional concerns and proper filing requirements, assists litigants and counsel with issues regarding the appellate process, assists in the preparation of motions for submission to the court, assists internal legal counsel with the screening of appellate cases, assists in the preparation of motions for submission to the court, assists with administrative duties of the courts with the tracking and filing of judicial reports and administrative orders of the supreme court and court administration, and performs other duties as assigned by the clerk.

Requirements

Applicants must meet the requirements of 1, 2, or 3 to meet the qualifications of the position.

1)  Applicants must meet the requirements of a, b, and c to meet the requirements of 1.

     a. A paralegal or legal assistant certification from an accredited college or university.

     b. Minimum of one year experience as a paralegal or legal assistant.

     c. Must be highly skilled with modern office equipment and programs; accurate, reliable, punctual, productive; be able to meet the demands of a busy office with regular deadlines; have the ability to maintain strict confidentiality; and must be flexible and willing to assist with the work of others is required. Experience in civil, criminal and juvenile work is beneficial.

2)  Applicants must meet the requirements of a and b to meet the requirements of 2.

     a. A paralegal or legal assistant associate’s degree from an accredited college or university.

     b. Must be highly skilled with modern office equipment and programs; accurate, reliable, punctual, productive; be able to meet the demands of a busy office with regular deadlines; have the ability to maintain strict confidentiality; and must be flexible and willing to assist with the work of others is required. Experience in civil, criminal and juvenile work is beneficial.

3)  Applicants must meet the requirements of a and b to meet the requirements of 3.

     a. A combination of education and/or full-time experience equal to three years. Where education is thirty semester hours of accredited college or university course work in paralegal or legal assistant equals one year of full-time experience.

     b.  Must be highly skilled with modern office equipment and programs; accurate, reliable, punctual, productive; be able to meet the demands of a busy office with regular deadlines; have the ability to maintain strict confidentiality; and must be flexible and willing to assist with the work of others is required. Experience in civil, criminal and juvenile work is beneficial.

Final candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check.

Contact Information

How to Apply

Please include a cover letter, resume, paralegal certification (if applicable), references, and a writing sample along with the Iowa Judicial Branch Application for Employment .

Email:  SCAHR@iowacourts.gov

Posting Close Date

Application materials must be received by Monday, November 25, 2019 at 4:30 PM.

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