Judicial Assistant to a Supreme Court Justice

Judicial Council of California - San Francisco, CA3.3

Full-time$5,800 - $7,000 a month
The Supreme Court of California, in San Francisco, is accepting applications for the position of Judicial Assistant to a Supreme Court Justice. A successful candidate for this position will provide complex and confidential legal secretarial, paralegal, and office administrative assistance for Supreme Court Justice Joshua Groban.

The Supreme Court

The California Supreme Court is the state's highest court. The Supreme Court reviews decisions of the Courts of Appeal and decides other matters within its constitutional jurisdiction. The court's decisions are binding on all other California state courts. The court conducts regular sessions in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Sacramento.

A Supreme Court Justice may also be entrusted with administrative and outreach responsibilities in the service of the judicial branch, such as chairing task forces, collaborating with and communicating with policymakers, public speaking, contributing to civics education, and other public engagements.


Provides legal secretarial, paralegal, and administrative support to a Supreme Court Justice, professional staff of five attorneys, and law student externs;
Manages all aspects of orderly paper flow for justice's weekly conferences, oral argument, preparation of opinions and internal court documents, and work of chambers' staff in conformity with internal court rules and procedures;
Works closely with staff in all units of the court, including the Clerk's Office, Calendar Coordination Office, Reporter of Decisions, court library, and other justice's chambers;
Edits, proofreads, and reviews the justice's opinions for correctness with respect to grammar, spelling, punctuation, and conformity to uniform style using the California Style Manual and other style manuals;
Prepares final opinions by checking facts against documents from the lower court, such as the clerk's and reporter's transcripts, administrative record, exhibits, and correspondence; verifies the legal authorities cited using resources from the law library and computer databases, such as Westlaw, Lexis Advance, state and federal reporters, state and federal statutes, citators, textbooks, handbooks, restatements, and legislative intent materials;
Organizes and routes work; exercises skill in setting priorities that accurately reflect the importance of assigned responsibilities; works closely with Clerk's Office and file room staff to ensure that materials are received and sent out in a timely fashion;
Arranges justice's business travel and assists in preparing the justice's speeches;
Manages the justice's schedule;
Arranges interviews, keeps records, and serves as primary point of contact for law clerk and extern applicants;
Serves as primary point of contact for all incoming requests and communications to the Justice;
Drafts email responses to queries from members of the public;
Performs other duties as assigned.
Working Conditions

Must be available to work overtime occasionally.
Must be able to work independently.

Education and Experience:
Equivalent to graduation from high school and six years of legal secretarial experience, including five years of technical legal research and processing. Or one year as a judicial assistant or executive judicial assistant in the judicial branch.

Directly related college-level course work may be substituted for required experience on a year-for-year basis.

Knowledge of:
Administrative office practices and procedures, including recordkeeping systems and file maintenance;
Personal computers and the use of computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, legal applications, desktop publishing, and on-line search and reference tools; and
Correct business English, including spelling, grammar, and punctuation, with emphasis on legal terminology and the California Style Manual.

Ability to:
Maintain confidentiality;
Exercise tact and discretion as circumstances require;
Communicate effectively both orally and in writing;
Work independently in a scholarly environment;
Deal with legal concepts, terminology, and procedures;
Use initiative and independent judgment within established procedural guidelines;
Organize, prioritize, and coordinate multiple work activities and meet critical deadlines while maintaining accuracy; exercise skill in setting priorities that accurately reflect the importance of assigned responsibilities;
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work, including justices, court staff, and representatives of other governmental and private agencies; and
Review and proofread the work of chambers' staff.
How To Apply

For the earliest possible consideration for this position, please apply by February 15, 2019. However, this position will remain open until filled. This position requires the submission of our official application, cover letter, and resume.

To complete an online application, please click the Apply for Job button.

To obtain a printed application, please download a copy at http://www.courts.ca.gov/documents/JCC-Job-Application.pdf and mail with the requested documents to the following address:

Judicial Council of California

Attn: Human Resources / JO#4903

455 Golden Gate Avenue, 5th Floor

San Francisco, CA 94102

The Judicial Council provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities who request such accommodation. Reasonable accommodation needs should be requested through Human Resources at (415) 865-4260. Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (415) 865-4272.

Please note: If you are selected for hire, the Supreme Court of California will require verification of employment eligibility or authorization to work legally in the United States.

Pay and Benefits

SALARY RANGE: $5,763 - $7,006 per month

Some highlights of our benefits package include:
Health/Dental/Vision benefits program
13 paid holidays per calendar year
Choice of Annual Leave or Sick/Vacation Leave
1 personal holiday per year
$130 transit pass subsidy per month
CalPERS Retirement Plan
401(k) and 457 deferred compensation plans
Employee Assistance Program
Basic Life and AD&D Insurance
FlexElect Program

The Supreme Court of California is an Equal Opportunity Employer.