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JUDICIAL BRANCH EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES - Appellate Court Judicial Secretary/Administrative Assistant

 Applicant may be required to submit additional materials and/or complete job specific tests for the position.

POSITION: Appellate Court Judicial Secretary/Administrative Assistant PDF form Job Vacancy Announcement
DIVISION: Fifth District Appellate Court  
BENEFITS: An attractive judicial branch benefits package is offered, including pension, medical, dental, vision and life insurance, as well as deferred compensation.  
SALARY: $72,461  

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:  This is a professional position requiring performance of advanced legal and administrative work for Appellate Court Justice Judy Cates. This position involves legal research and writing, relieving the Judge of routine administrative details and carrying out significant office management responsibilities.


  • Research and analysis of law regarding issues addressed by parties or the court in an appellate setting;
  • Read and examine briefs and records; determine relevant cases to be reviewed; verify the jurisdiction of the court;
  • Write proposed dispositions, memoranda, orders, opinions or other legal documents;
  • Read petitions for rehearing on assigned cases as needed, research as requested by the Judge;
  • Prepare purchase requisitions and invoice vouchers; monitor maintenance contracts for equipment;
  • Supervise service functions of the judicial office including operating procedures, incoming mail processing, recordkeeping, file maintenance and inventory of office supplies;
  • Other duties as assigned by the Judge.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:  Applicants must be graduates of an ABA (American Bar Association) accredited law school; have a strong academic record, superior research and writing skills, familiarity with Microsoft Office Programs (including Word 365), and outstanding communication, computer, organizational skills, and the ability to utilize electronic platforms, including: email, voice messaging systems, videoconferencing, and related technology. Experience as a practitioner or judicial law clerk is preferred, but not required.  Experience drafting complex legal documents required.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  This position requires the ability to sit for extended periods of time. 

APPLICATION:  Interested individuals should submit - via email - a cover letter, resume (GPA, class rank and bar status), a complex writing sample (not just a simple motion), and 3 references to:



This position will remain open until filled.  However, those individuals submitting materials by Wednesday, November 27, 2019 will be given first consideration.