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Legal Counsel to the State Court Administrator (SCA 13095-001)

Date Posted
March 29, 2021
Full Time

Job Details


Monday, March 29, 2021

Position Title

Legal Counsel to the State Court Administrator


State Court Administration
1111 E Court Ave
Des Moines, IA 50319


Pay Grade 40, $94,640.00 - $134,617.60 Annually
Eligible for State of Iowa benefits

Position Summary

The Iowa Judicial Branch has an opportunity for an attorney to serve as the counsel to the state court administrator. This position is responsible for providing legal counsel and advice to judicial officers and employees of the judicial branch. This position reports directly to the state court administrator and may supervise another attorney.  


Performs extensive electronic and manual research of laws, legal opinions, policies, regulations, and legal texts, and precedents.  Oversees State Court Administration staff attorneys by evaluating their work, make hiring selections, performance management, including discipline, leave management, work schedules, and managing assignments.   Provides legal advice, research and analysis on legal questions involving court administration.  Supervises and coordinates the review of procedures manuals, operational manuals, bench books, and other materials, including review and comment, research or redrafting and periodic updating.  Reviews new legislation and assists in implementation.  Provides guidance and support to clerks of court, juvenile court services, and district court administration to insure consistency statewide.  Advises on policies and procedures that impact management and administration of state court administration and courts statewide.  Responds to inquiries from judges, court administrators and other staff regarding matters affecting the district court.  Responds to public records requests and answers questions regarding public records issues Provide legal and policy analysis and advice to the SCA.  Staffs SCA committees and prepares legal analysis as needed. Drafts administrative directives.


Graduation from an accredited law school and admission to practice law in Iowa is required.  Experience equal to five years of full-time work in the practice of law is required. Experience equal to 3 years of experience working in courts or government is preferred. Experience equal to 2 years of experience as a supervisor is preferred.

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

The Iowa Judicial Branch is an E-Verify employer.

Contact Information

How to Apply

To be considered for the position, applicants must submit a completed Iowa Judicial Branch Application for Employment , resume, cover letter, and writing sample to

Posting Close Date

All application materials must be received by Friday, April 16, 2021, at 4:30 p.m.



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