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Pro Se Staff Attorney United States District Court for the Central District of California

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 9:58 AM | Executive Director (Administrator)

Position: Pro Se Staff Attorney
Classification Level: JSP 11/01 – JSP 14/10
Salary Range: $65,231 - $142,825
Location: Santa Ana, California
Opening Date: September 29, 2015
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
Estimated Start Date: January, 2016
Number of Positions: 1
Vacancy Number: 15-38

The United States District Court for the Central District of California invites applications for one full-time Pro Se Staff Attorney vacancy. A Pro Se Staff Attorney works under the supervision of United States Magistrate Judges. Duties of the position include drafting legal memoranda, Reports and Recommendations, Decisions and Orders, as well as analyzing statutes and legal issues in state and federal habeas corpus, civil rights and social security disability matters. A Pro Se Attorney may work on cases assigned to all Divisions of the Court. Additional pro se staff attorneys may be hired from this recruitment notice.

Strong academic credentials from an ABA-accredited law school, polished writing skills, and superior analytical ability is required. Legal experience in one or more of the following areas will be favorably considered: civil rights; habeas corpus; social security disability; and criminal appellate law. Bar membership is also required. Litigation experience preferred. Applicants must be computer literate.
The successful candidate must be a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident of the United States currently seeking citizenship or intending to become a citizen after meeting the eligibility requirements.

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. Career Law Clerks qualify for federal employees’ group health insurance, retirement benefits, flexible spending accounts, vision, dental and life insurance. Federal employees observe ten paid holidays per year.

Due to the volume of applications received, the Court will only be able to communicate with those individuals who will be interviewed. Please do not call or email to inquire about the status of an application.
The Court requires employees to adhere to a Code of Ethics and Conduct which is available to applicants for review upon request. The Court is not authorized to reimburse candidates for travel or relocation expenses. The selected candidates will be provisionally hired subject to successful completion of a background investigation by law enforcement agencies.

Visit the court’s web site at to download the job application. Applicants must submit the following documents to be considered: Application for Federal Branch Employment, a resume or curriculum vitae, two recent writing samples, unofficial law school transcripts, and at least three references (preferably current or former employers).
Please submit the completed application packets to: Incomplete applications may not be considered. E-mail documents must be in Word or PDF format. Zip files and faxes will not be accepted. Refer to: Vacancy number 15-38 - Pro Se Staff Attorney.

The Federal Judiciary is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

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