Seeking Pro Se Law Clerk for US District Court

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
Western District of North Carolina

Job Announcement Number: 19-04

Position Title: Pro Se Law Clerk

Type of Appointment: Temporary (One Year and One Day)

Position Location: Asheville, NC

Open Date: February 20, 2019

Closing Date: February 27, 2019

The United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina is accepting applications for a Pro Se Law Clerk for the Asheville, NC divisional office. The duties specified herein are intended to provide generalized examples of the major duties and responsibilities that are performed by the incumbent.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:

The Pro Se Law Clerk performs substantive screening of all prisoner petitions and motions, including state habeus corpus petitions, motions to vacate sentence, and civil rights complaints; performs substantive screening of other pro se litigation; drafts appropriate recommendations and orders for the court’s signature; performs research to assist the court in preparing opinions; maintains liaison between the court and litigants; reviews the docket of pending prisoner litigation to assure the proper progress of such cases and advises the court of those cases where action by the court is appropriate; compiles statistics and prepares periodic reports which reflect the status and flow of cases, and performs other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

Graduation from an accredited law school, a strong academic background, membership (in good standing) with a State Bar, and at least one year of full-time post J.D. legal experience. A strong work ethic, excellent organizational, communication and research / writing skills are required. Applicant must possess proficient typing and computer skills; ability to work with strict deadlines within a fast-paced
environment and ability to work independently or as a team player.

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS (COURT PREFERRED):
Working knowledge of criminal law and constitutional law, and previous state or federal clerkship experience.

GRADE QUALIFICATIONS AND STARTING ANNUAL SALARY:
Grade 11: $61,218: J.D. and no post J.D. legal experience. Bar membership not required.

Grade 12: $73,375: J.D. and one year post J.D. legal experience. Bar membership required (active or inactive).

Grade 13: $87,252: J.D. and two years post J.D. legal work experience. Bar membership required (active or inactive).

Grade 14: $103,106: J.D. and three years post J.D. legal experience. At least three years post J.D. legal work experience. Bar membership required (active or inactive)

HOW TO APPLY

Applicants must submit the following;

INCOMPLETE APPLICATION PACKAGES WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED

• AO78 Application for Federal Judicial Branch Employment – This form can be found on the employment section of our website at http://www.ncwd.uscourts.gov/employment
• Cover letter and resume
• Personal writing sample of a motion or brief at least 5 pages in length
• Law school transcripts

Complete applications should be submitted via e-mail to hr@ncwd.uscourts.gov by close of business on Wednesday, February 27, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. All application materials should be sent as a single PDF document. Please reference Job Announcement # 19-04.

INFORMATION FOR APPLICANTS

Only qualified applicants satisfying all qualification requirements, as specified in the vacancy announcement, will be considered for an interview. Placement above the step 1 of the grade for which the applicant qualifies is based on previous federal experience.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or eligible to work in the United States. Positions in the United States Courts are excepted appointments, are not under the Civil Service System, and are considered “at will” positions. Successful employment with the United States Courts is based on acceptable performance. The court requires employees to adhere to the Code of Conduct for Judiciary Employees which is available upon request.

The United States District Court reserves the right to modify the conditions of this job announcement, or to withdraw the announcement, any of which may occur without prior written or other notice. More than one position may be filled from this posting in more than one location. In the event that a position becomes vacant in a similar classification, within a reasonable time of the original announcement, the Clerk of Court may elect to select a candidate from the applicants who responded to the original announcement without posting the position.

The court is not authorized to reimburse travel expenses for interviews or relocations. This position is subject to mandatory electronic direct deposit of salary payments. Please note: successful candidate will undergo an FBI fingerprint background check.

The Judiciary is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

BENEFITS

The judiciary offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. As a judiciary employee, you may be eligible to participate in the following benefits programs:

• Health Insurance
• Dental and Vision Insurance
• Thrift Savings Plans (Retirement savings plan) with a government matching contribution
• Life Insurance
• Paid Annual and Sick Leave
• 13 Federal Holidays per year
• Flexible Spending Accounts (Medical and Dependent Care)
• Commuter Benefit Program
• Long Term Care Insurance

Additional information about federal judiciary benefits and compensation can be found on the United
States Courts website career page at: http://www.uscourts.gov/Careers.aspx

Additional Information

• This is a sensitive position within the Judiciary. The successful candidate is hired provisionally, pending the results of an FBI fingerprint and criminal background check.
• Employees must adhere to the Code of Conduct for Judicial Employees which is available at http://www.uscourts.gov/rules-policies/judiciary-policies/code-conduct/code- conduct-judicial-employees
• Excepted service appointments are AT WILL and can be terminated with or without cause by the court
• Electronic Funds Transfer is mandatory for salary payments

The Western District of North Carolina is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Weekly Bar Briefs, 2-19-2019

Dear Bar Members,

The last two weeks of February offer three opportunities to check off your CLE requirements without leaving town. Check out the Events calendar here.


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In 2012, the Buncombe County Bar,  building on its long tradition of informal mentoring, formalized its mentorship program, which is currently administered by the Wellness Committee.  Justice Newby noted that as a young attorney at the Van Winkle Law Firm he personally benefited greatly from informal mentoring within the Buncombe County Bar. Based on his experience and the success of the Buncombe County Bar’s Mentorship Program, he has invited the Buncombe County Bar to participate in a statewide Mentoring Symposium to be held later this spring.

If you are interested in learning more about the Buncombe County Bar Mentoring Program, click here. For more information about mentoring or other wellness initiatives, please contact the Chair of the Wellness Committee, Gill P. Beck at gill.beck@usdoj.gov or 828-259-0645, or Lisa-Gaye Hall at admin@BuncombeBar.com.

In Memoriam

Attorney Norman Vincent Schaich, 65, of Black Mountain, passed peacefully away in his sleep on February 15, 2019.

Norm was born July 5, 1953 in Caldwell County to the late Henry and Reba Schaich. He was a graduate of Lenoir High School, Appalachian State University, and received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Louisville Law School. Norm was a long-time resident of Black Mountain and a local attorney. He was in practice in Black Mountain for 35 years and was the epitome of a Christian lawyer, having served hundreds of clients in the Swannanoa Valley. Norm was an avid Civil War relic collector, salt-water fisherman, and retired Colonel from the US Army-JAG Division. Until his decline in health, he was an active member of First Baptist Church Black Mountain. He will be greatly missed by family, friends, and clients.

Norm is survived by his wife of 29 years, Michele Miller Schaich; son, Andrew Thomas Schaich of the home; and brother, Chris Schaich of Lenoir, NC.

A celebration of life service will be held at a future date. View the obituary here.

Memorial donations may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.

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