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Career Law Clerk to U.S. District Judge John H. Chun
Open until filled; interviews will begin immediately.

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington is seeking qualified candidates from all backgrounds for the positions of Career Law Clerk for United States District Judge John H. Chun in Seattle, Washington. The start date for this position is anticipated to be August 2023. This position is full-time (80 hours per two-week period).

Representative Duties
Law Clerks work closely with the Judge on civil and criminal litigation filed in District Court. Law clerks conduct research, prepare drafts of opinions and orders, and attend courtroom proceedings. Law clerks can also work on various long-term projects.

The Career Law Clerk will be responsible for administrative duties in chambers and assist in running chambers. The Career Law Clerk will also assist in supervising judicial externs.

The U.S. District Court provides a generous benefits package, competitive salary, ORCA transit pass and a dedication to work/life balance, including flexible schedules and telework opportunities. Judicial employees participate in the Federal Employees Retirement System, Thrift Savings Plan (similar to a 401K), health and life insurance benefits, long term care options, annual sick leave accrual, and eleven paid holidays per year. Judiciary employees are not covered by the Executive Branch civil service classification system or regulations. For additional information on employment with the federal courts, please visit www.uscourts.gov.

Information for Applicants
Qualified applicants should submit the following:
•    A letter of interest
•    A current resume
•    A response to the Statement of Qualifications, below
•    A minimum of three professional references. Applicants with prior clerkship experience should include contact information for all judges for whom the applicant has clerked.
•    A writing sample that is five to ten pages in length
•    A completed AO78, Application for Employment

Candidates must apply via OSCAR.

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Position: Career Law Clerk to U.S. District Judge John H. Chun
Organization: U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
Location: Seattle,  WA 
United States
Salary: $73,098 to $160,047 annually, full-time
Posting Start Date: 6/15/2022
Date Posted: 6/15/2022
Requirements Qualifications
Candidates must be law school graduates from an accredited law school; be organized and work well independently; possess excellent research and writing skills; be experienced with Word, Excel, Westlaw, Lexis, and related software; and must have a demonstrated commitment to diversity and an inclusive work environment. Candidates for the Career Law Clerk position must have at least two years prior federal judicial clerkship experience or three years litigation experience.

Statement of Qualifications
The Statement of Qualifications must be 12-point font, single-spaced, minimum one-inch margins, and no more than three pages. Submit the Statement of Qualifications as an additional writing sample on OSCAR.

1.    Please address the following:
a.    Experience with issues of cultural competence, sensitivity to and understanding of diverse socioeconomic, gender identity, sexual orientation, abilities, and ethnic backgrounds of people in our community.
b.    Experience and education outside the legal profession and how they enabled or encumbered your career and personal growth.
c.    Management and leadership experience.
2.    Explain why you think who you are will be compatible with Judge Chun as a person and as a judge. Please use publicly available information to respond to this question.
3.    Why do you want to be a career law clerk?
Only qualified applicants will be considered for this position. Applicants must be United States citizens or eligible to work in the United States. Employees of the United States District Court are considered “at will” employees. Applicants selected for interviews must travel (for in-person interviews) or connect via Zoom (for remote interviews) at their own expense.

The United States District Court requires employees to follow a code of conduct which is available upon request. Reference checks with current and former employers will be conducted on top candidates. A background investigation with law enforcement agencies, including fingerprint and criminal record checks, will be conducted as a condition of employment. Any applicant selected for a position will be hired provisionally pending successful completion of the investigation. Unsatisfactory results may result in termination of employment.

The Federal Financial Management Reform Act requires direct deposit of federal wages.

The United States District Court for the Western District of Washington is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals and seek a diverse pool of applicants in terms of race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, languages spoken, veteran’s status, disability, religion, and socio-economic circumstance.

The Court provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation, please notify human resources. The decision on granting reasonable accommodations will be made on a case-by-case basis.
The Court reserves the right to modify the conditions of this job announcement, to withdraw the announcement, or to fill the position sooner than the closing date, any of which may occur without prior written or other notice. If a position becomes vacant in a similar classification, within a reasonable time from the original announcement, the court may select a candidate from the applicants who responded to the original announcement without posting the position. More than one position may be filled from this announcement.

The United States District Court is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity in the workplace.

Status: This listing expires on: 7/15/2022
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U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington

Seattle,  WA 
United States

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