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Paralegal

Iowa Judicial Branch
1111 East Court Ave
Des Moines IA 50319

Job Description:
The Iowa Judicial Branch is looking for a highly skilled paralegal for the Appellate Clerk of Courts Office. The ideal candidate has the ability to juggle multiple tasks and has a high attention to detail. In this role, the candidate would provide effective and proficient legal assistance to attorneys and justices of the judicial branch. The successful candidate will have a high commitment to customer service and high ethical and professional standards.

Under the supervision and direction of the Clerk of the Appellate courts, an appellate paralegal dockets and reviews filings made in the appellate courts, prepares letters, memoranda and legal documents for use by the court and the legal counsel in the appellate court clerk's office, assists in the preparation of trial court files for use during the appellate process; reviews briefs, appendices and other filed documents for appellate rules compliance, jurisdictional concerns and proper filing requirements, assists litigants and counsel with issues regarding the appellate process, assists in the preparation of motions for submission to the court, assists internal legal counsel with the screening of appellate cases, assists in the preparation of motions for submission to the court, assists with administrative duties of the courts with the tracking and filing of judicial reports and administrative orders of the supreme court and court administration, and performs other duties as assigned by the clerk.

Qualifications:
Applicants must meet the requirements of 1, 2, or 3 to meet the qualifications of the position.

1) Applicants must meet the requirements of a, b, and c to meet the requirements of 1.
a. A paralegal or legal assistant certification from an accredited college or university.
b. Minimum of one year experience as a paralegal or legal assistant.
c. Must be highly skilled with modern office equipment and programs; accurate, reliable, punctual, productive; be able to meet the demands of a busy office with regular deadlines; have the ability to maintain strict confidentiality; and must be flexible and willing to assist with the work of others is required. Experience in civil, criminal and juvenile work is beneficial.
2) Applicants must meet the requirements of a and b to meet the requirements of 2.
a. A paralegal or legal assistant associate's degree from an accredited college or university.
b. Must be highly skilled with modern office equipment and programs; accurate, reliable, punctual, productive; be able to meet the demands of a busy office with regular deadlines; have the ability to maintain strict confidentiality; and must be flexible and willing to assist with the work of others is required. Experience in civil, criminal and juvenile work is beneficial.
3) Applicants must meet the requirements of a and b to meet the requirements of 3.
a. A combination of education and/or full-time experience equal to three years. Where education is thirty semester hours of accredited college or university course work in paralegal or legal assistant equals one year of full-time experience.
b. Must be highly skilled with modern office equipment and programs; accurate, reliable, punctual, productive; be able to meet the demands of a busy office with regular deadlines; have the ability to maintain strict confidentiality; and must be flexible and willing to assist with the work of others is required. Experience in civil, criminal and juvenile work is beneficial.
Required Skills:
Final candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check.
Pay Rate: $42,452.80 - $62,420
Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Shifts: Days
Benefits: Medical,Holidays,Pension/401k
Additional Information:
Please include a cover letter, resume, paralegal certification (if applicable), references, and a writing sample along with the Iowa Judicial Branch Application for Employment .

Email: SCAHR@iowacourts.gov

Contact:
Jessica Holmes
515-348-4890

Posted
11/05/19 through 11/25/19

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