The Judicial Council of California supports California’s court system, the largest in the nation, serving a
population of more than 39.5 million people—about 12 percent of the total U.S. population. Our mission
includes a commitment to providing fair and equal access to justice for all Californians.
The Judicial Council’s Center for Judicial Education and Research (CJER) provides education to
California’s judicial officers and court staff. This position helps carry out the CJER Advisory
Committee’s priorities in revising a portfolio of nearly 80 publications for judicial officers. The Attorney I
is responsible for updating publications on numerous and varied subjects. This requires conducting
extensive and independent legal research and writing, and occasionally collaborating with a
Supervising Attorney, Communications Editors, and judicial officers.
The Judicial Council strives for work life balance and includes substantial vacation and holiday time. In
addition, we offer an excellent benefits package including pension, medical, dental, and vision
coverage, flexible spending, up to $130 per month reimbursement for qualifying commuting costs, and
retirement savings plans. In San Francisco, the office is only a 7-minute walk from the Civic Center
BART station in downtown San Francisco. In Sacramento, the office is located minutes from downtown,
just north of Discovery Park.
The successful candidate will be expected to work in the Judicial Council’s San Francisco or
Sacramento office; Remote work options for employees who live in areas surrounding these locations
may be considered.
Update existing legal reference books and online courses for judicial officers.
• Research whether cases, rules, statues, and other legal authority in publications have changed.
• Analyze degree of changes to legal authority and collaborate with Supervising Attorney to
determine if comprehensive update is required.
• Rewrite publication, if update is required, by incorporating amended and new authority, and
deleting stale authority, and as time permits, revising text for style.
• Solicit feedback from judicial officers on proposed revisions to publication.
• Incorporate judicial officers’ feedback in publication.
• Collaborate with Communications Editors to finalize the publication before it is posted on CJER
Review new and proposed legal authorities for possible inclusion in publication updates.
• Read advance sheets for published California cases, Judicial Council legislative and meeting
materials, and other resources to stay informed about changes in the law relevant to CJER
Complete special projects related to CJER publications.
• Conduct legal research, legal writing, and analysis for supervisor, advisory committee, and
outside stakeholders as assigned.
Other Duties and Responsibilities:
• Attend one-on-one meetings with Supervising Attorney (weekly, bi-monthly, or monthly)
• Attend publication team meetings (weekly)
• Attend CJER staff meetings, including occasionally presenting to colleagues about innovations
in completed projects (monthly)
• Attend curriculum committee meetings to provide publication updates (annually)
Juris doctor, and two (2) years of post-bar legal experience as a practicing attorney.
After passing a state bar, work experience as a Law Clerk to a federal or state judge prior to formal bar
admission will be considered qualifying experience.
LICENSING AND CERTIFICATIONS
• Current active membership with the State Bar of California prior to hire.
• Demonstrated history of proactively initiating and maintaining clear, effective, and succinct oral
and written communications with supervisor and colleagues.
• Demonstrated history of producing detailed and thorough written analysis.
• Demonstrated history of successfully engaging in legal research-based independent writing
• Demonstrated history of shifting between multiple projects daily, weekly, and long term.
• Interest in legal research and writing.
• Demonstrated history of producing superior legal research, analysis, and writing.
• Desire to master a broad range of topics in new and unfamiliar areas of the law.
• Interest in staying current on changes to the law in a wide range of subjects.
Please note: if you are selected for hire, verification of employment eligibility or authorization to work in
the United States will be required.
HOW TO APPLY
This position is Open Until Filled and requires the submission of our official application, responses to
the supplemental questions, and a resume. To ensure consideration of your application for the earliest
round of interviews, please apply by Thursday, March 9, 2023.
[EXTERNAL]To complete the online application, please go to https://www.courts.ca.gov/careers.htm
and search for JO# 5848.
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.
PAYMENT & BENEFITS
$11,453 – $13,745 per month
(Starting Salary: $11,453 per month)
Some highlights of our benefits package include:
• Health/Dental/Vision benefits program
• 14 paid holidays per calendar year
• Choice of Annual Leave or Sick/Vacation Leave
• 1 personal holiday per year
• Up to $130 per month reimbursement for qualifying commuting costs
• CalPERS Retirement Plan
• 401(k) and 457 deferred compensation plans
• Employee Assistance Program
• Basic Life and AD&D Insurance
• FlexElect Program
• Pretax Parking
• Long Term Disability Program (employee paid/optional)
• Group Legal Plan (employee paid/optional)
To apply for this job please visit www.courts.ca.gov.