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Administrative Office of the Courts

Business Unit: 21600

Attorney Assistant #00054682-21600, At-Will, Full-time, in Santa Fe, NM

# of Positions: 1

Opening Date: 10-08-2019 - Close Date: Until Filled

Job Pay Range: KK: $25.107 - $40.799

Target Pay Range/Rate: $25.107 - $34.153

The Supreme Court of New Mexico is recruiting for a full-time, at-will, Law Library Reference Attorney Assistant position #00054682-21600 for the Supreme Court Law Library in Santa Fe, New Mexico. 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.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED: Law Library Reference Attorney – Performs legal research and analysis, which may include written work product, upon request of judges and court staff as well as provide administrative assistance, customer service, technical support, and training to the public and judicial patrons of the Supreme Court Law. Respond to correspondence, e-mails and telephone calls from pro se litigants, inmates, attorneys, judges, court staff, other government employees and members of the public. Law library reference attorneys will be thorough and responsive to requests for legal research assistance from judges and court staff throughout New Mexico.
  • 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: Interested applicants should submit a Letter of Interest, Resume, Writing Sample, and New Mexico Judicial Branch Application for Employment to:

Application forms:
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Resume Supplemental Forms:
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Supreme Court of New Mexico
Attn: Agnes Szuber Wozniak
237 Don Gaspar, Room 30
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
Phone: 505-827-4201 / Fax: 505-827-4837