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Attorney Associate or Attorney Assistant #00044824-21500, PERM, Full-time, Santa Fe or Albuquerque, NM

Opening Date: 09-26-2018 - Close Date: 10-19-2018

Job Pay Range: LL: $28.128 - $43.950 per hour or KK: 24.615 - $38.461 per hour

Target Pay Range/Rate: LL: $33.173 per hour or KK: $30.769 per hour

The NM Court of Appeals is accepting applications for a full-time, Attorney Associate or Attorney Assistant, classified position (#00044824), 21500 in Santa Fe or Albuquerque, New Mexico. ATTORNEY ASSOCIATE SUMMARY: Under general direction, as assigned by a Judge or a supervising attorney, review cases, perform legal research, evaluation, analysis, writing and make recommendations concerning the work of the Court or Judicial Entity. May be assigned leadworker duties under the mentorship of a supervisor or manager. ATTORNEY ASSISTANT SUMMARY: Under general direction and review, as assigned by a Judge or a supervising attorney, review cases, perform legal research, evaluation, analysis and writing and make recommendations concerning the work of the Court or Judicial Entity. Finalist(s) may be subject to criminal background check.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Education: Must be a graduate of a law school meeting the standards of accreditation of the American Bar Association; possess and maintain a license to practice law in the State of New Mexico.
  • Education Substitution: None.
  • ATTORNEY ASSOCIATE Experience: Three (3) years of experience in the practice of applicable law, or as a law clerk.
  • ATTORNEY ASSISANT Experience: One (1) year of experience in the practice of applicable law or as a law clerk.
  • Experience Substitution: None
  • Other: Completion of a post offer background check may be required.
  • ATTORNEY ASSOCIATE Knowledge: Thorough knowledge of United States and New Mexico constitutions, federal law, New Mexico case law, statutes, rules, policies and procedures; Code of Judicial Conduct; Rules of Professional Conduct; court jurisdiction and operations; manual and computerized legal research; principles of legal analysis and writing, legal proofreading and editing, standard English usage and grammar; and computer software applications (e.g., legal research, word processing, databases, court case management system, e-mail and internet).
  • ATTORNEY ASSISANT Knowledge: Broad knowledge of United States and New Mexico constitutions, federal law, New Mexico case law, statutes, rules, policies and procedures; Code of Judicial Conduct; Rules of Professional Conduct; court jurisdiction and operations; manual and computerized legal research; principles of legal analysis and writing, legal proofreading and editing, standard English usage and grammar; and computer software applications (e.g., legal research, word processing, databases, court case management system, e-mail and internet).
  • ATTORNEY ASSOCIATE Skill & Ability: Proficient skill in communicating effectively both orally and in writing with diverse individuals and groups; interpreting and assimilating information of legal significance; identifying legal issues; performing legal research; discerning the content and relative importance of cases, statutes, and other sources of law; applying law to complex and novel scenarios; maintaining confidentiality and using discretion when dealing with sensitive information; maintaining professional demeanor and composure; providing information to members of the bar and public in a courteous manner without giving legal advice; drafting orders, recommendations, and opinions which address all legal, policy and factual issues clearly, efficiently and effectively; organizing and establishing priorities and managing time and resources effectively on multiple projects; working well both independently and collaboratively; using initiative and independent judgment with minimal supervision; receiving and following directions; applying relevant policies and procedures; using computers and computer software applications including word processing, databases, court case management system, e-mail and the internet; displaying teamwork, diligence, resourcefulness and adaptability while working in an environment subject to frequently changing priorities, high stress, and exposure to conflicting demands; meeting objective productivity and work-quality requirements; and researching, comprehending, explaining and resolving complex issues constructively. Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships; approach problems creatively; determine when to seek assistance and collaborate with other staff; persuade others using tact and diplomacy; accept constructive criticism and guidance; learn quickly and retain information; prepare and deliver presentations; maintain accurate files and records; and train, motivate and mentor others; plan and assign work, apply relevant policies and procedures to assigned work; provide meaningful employee feedback and performance evaluations; provide effective coaching and constructive criticism, mediate and manage conflict.
  • ATTORNEY ASSISTANT Skill & Ability: Demonstrated skill in communicating effectively both orally and in writing with diverse individuals and groups; assimilating and interpreting information of legal significance; identifying legal issues; performing legal research; discerning the content and relative importance of cases, statutes, and other sources of law; applying law to complex and novel scenarios; maintaining confidentiality and using discretion when dealing with sensitive information; maintaining professional demeanor and composure; providing information to members of the bar and public in a courteous manner without giving legal advice; drafting orders, recommendations, and opinions which address legal, policy and factual issues clearly, efficiently and effectively; organizing and establishing priorities and managing time and resources effectively on multiple projects; working well both independently and collaboratively; using initiative and independent judgment with limited supervision; receiving and following directions; applying relevant policies and procedures; and using computers and computer software applications including word processing, databases, court case management system, e-mail and the internet. Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships; display teamwork, diligence, resourcefulness, and adaptability while working in an environment subject to frequently changing priorities, high stress, and exposure to conflicting demands; meet objective productivity and work-quality requirements; research, comprehend, explain, and resolve complex issues constructively; approach problems creatively; determine when to seek assistance and collaborate with other staff; persuade others using tact and diplomacy; accept constructive criticism and guidance; learn quickly and retain information; prepare and deliver presentations; maintain accurate files and records; and plan work schedule.
  • ATTORNEY ASSOCIATE EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED Court of Appeals - Assist the Court to resolve pending appeals by: reviewing motions, docketing statements and briefs; identifying issues; reviewing records and transcripts; identifying, analyzing and assessing the impact of applicable law; evaluating the merits of legal issues and arguments; drafting calendar recommendations and notices; and drafting orders and opinions. May serve on statewide or local committees and provide training at national, state and local conferences.
  • ATTORNEY ASSISTANT EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED Court of Appeals - Assist the Court to resolve pending appeals, with supervisor’s approval by: reviewing motions, docketing statements and briefs; identifying issues; reviewing records and transcripts; performing legal research; identifying, analyzing and assessing the impact of applicable law; evaluating the merits of legal issues and arguments; drafting calendar recommendations and notices; and drafting orders and opinions for supervisor’s approval.
  • WORK ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL DEMANDS The following functions are representative of the work environment and physical demands an employee may expect to encounter in performing tasks assigned to this job. Work requires the extensive use of computers and is performed in an office or court setting. The employee is regularly required to sit for long periods of time, talk, hear, read typed and/or handwritten material; perform repetitious hand, arm and finger motions as well as use manual/finger dexterity. May also be required to stand, walk, kneel/stoop, move, lift, pull and carry up to twenty-five pounds; travel (valid driver’s license required), work overtime and/or flexible hours, weekends, and holidays; and may be exposed to fluctuating building temperatures, hostile or violent situations and contagious health conditions. The employee is expected to be punctual and to adhere to a work schedule.
TO APPLY: Please submit a New Mexico Judicial Branch Application for Employment, resume, proof of education, letter of interest and a short writing sample of no more than 5-7 double-spaced pages to:


Application forms:
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Resume Supplemental Forms:
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NM Court of Appeals
Attn: Michelle Haubert, Interim Chief Staff Attorney
Staff Attorney Division
237 Don Gaspar Ave.
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
ph# 505-827-4875 / fax# 505-827-4946



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