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The California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division One (located in downtown San Diego) is currently recruiting talented lawyers with a love for the law and writing, a strong work ethic and a dedication to excellence to join its Central Staff. The Court values diversity and inclusion in our workplace. Working as a lawyer in the Court’s Central Staff offers a unique opportunity to think and write about developing issues in the law and to work with some of California’s finest jurists. Your work at the court would include drafting proposed opinions in all areas of appellate law including criminal, civil, and juvenile. Litigation experience or a prior judicial clerkship are desirable, but a proven interest in legal writing and analysis, and a desire to contribute to the Judicial Branch are a must. The Court offers a generous compensation and benefits package, including opportunities for remote work and flexible scheduling.

The position is being recruited at levels B to Senior and will be staffed at a level commensurate with the qualifications of the selected individuals.

Duties of a Central Staff attorney include drafting proposed opinions in assigned cases, reviewing civil case information statements, analyzing motions, and performing other legal duties, as assigned.  These responsibilities require that the attorney carefully and accurately review appellate briefs, trial records, and other documents; thoroughly research and analyze existing law; draft clear, concise, and well-organized memoranda and proposed opinions; and make recommendations regarding the resolution of legal issues before the court within assigned deadlines.

To view the full job posting, please visit the Court’s career website and search for JOB ID 5558.