The Legal Services office of the Judicial Council of California provides quality, timely, and ethical legal
advice and services to the Supreme Court, Courts of Appeal, and trial courts, and to the Judicial Council,
its advisory bodies, and staff.
Legal Services is currently searching for an attorney to join its dynamic San Francisco or Sacramento
law office made up of a highly skilled workforce that provides effective legal support to judicial branch
clients on challenging, varied, and significant legal issues. The Public Access and Data Governance Unit
attorney supports the Judicial Council and all California appellate and trial courts. The attorney will
provide legal guidance and assistance to the Judicial Council and all state courts regarding a full range
of judicial branch data governance and public access issues, for example, guiding development of
judicial branch data policies and standards, while also advising on public access questions about judicial
branch records, meetings, and proceedings. The attorney will independently manage a workload in a
collegial and collaborative environment.
Attorneys within the Legal Services office often support the work of units other than their primary
assignment. Depending upon experience, the attorney who fills this position may be called upon to work
with other Legal Services units to provide written legal opinions, staff advisory bodies, draft rules of court
and legislation, and manage litigation.
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. The successful candidate will be expected to work in the Judicial Council’s San Francisco
or Sacramento office; hybrid work options for employees who live in areas surrounding these locations
may be considered.
• Provide legal analysis, guidance, and assistance to the Judicial Council and all state courts to
support development and implementation of a judicial branch data governance model addressing
issues related to data collection, access, sharing, analysis, retention, reporting, and disclosure.
• Provide legal analysis, guidance, and assistance to support the Judicial Council, its advisory bodies,
and staff in developing and responding to proposed legislation, rules, policies, and standards for
judicial branch data governance and data sharing.
• Provide legal analysis, guidance, and assistance to the Judicial Council and all state courts on data- related and other public records requests and the actions necessary for compliance with rule 10.500
of the California Rules of Court and the common law right of access to court records.
• Provide legal analysis and guidance to the Judicial Council and all state courts on ancillary issues
related to judicial branch data governance and public access, for example, drafting and reviewing
data sharing agreements, and advising on privacy rights, the attorney-client privilege, and judicial
branch records management and retention.
• Provide legal analysis and guidance to the Judicial Council, its advisory bodies, and staff about open
meeting requirements under the California Rules of Court.
• Research and advise on emerging issues such as remotely conducted judicial branch meetings and
court proceedings, remote public access to court records and proceedings, and public access
• Perform other legal duties and responsibilities of the Legal Services office as needed.
• Assist with projects or matters for the office or other units in areas of experience or expertise,
including litigation, employment, transactions, legal opinions, rules and projects, and real estate.
Juris doctor, and three (3) years of relevant 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.
• Exceptional legal research, analytical, and oral and written communication skills.
• Experience researching, analyzing, and writing legal memoranda and other materials addressing and
advising clients concerning complex areas of law.
• Experience advising governmental clients on data governance questions and related legal issues;
• Experience providing legal advice on one or more of the following areas of the law:
o Rule 10.500 and public access to judicial administrative records, the California Public Records
Act (CPRA), or the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA);
o Open meeting laws and rules of court;
o Court operations and administration, including court technology, records management, and public
access to court proceedings; and
o Judicial branch governance.
• Excellent critical thinking, problem solving capabilities, and judgment;
• Superior oral and written communication, interpersonal, diplomacy, and public speaking skills;
• Ability to present issues and advocate positions clearly, concisely, and logically;
• Ability to listen and consider different points of view;
• Ability to manage workloads, coordinate deadlines, and prioritize competing demands;
• Ability to work efficiently and independently but with close supervision of final work product;
• Ability to collaborate as a team player with a positive and enthusiastic attitude;
• Experience using electronic legal research tools, and researching legislative histories; and
• Comfort with business equipment and desktop applications in common usage in the legal industry.
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 June 6, 2023.
To complete an online application, go to job opening #5930 at https://www.courts.ca.gov/careers.htm
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.
PAY & BENEFITS
Monthly Salary Range:
$12,248 – $14,695 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 transit pass subsidy per month
• Pre-Tax Parking Savings Program
• CalPERS Retirement Plan
• 401(k) and 457 deferred compensation plans
• Employee Assistance Program
• Basic Life and AD&D Insurance
• FlexElect Program
• Long Term Care Disability (employee paid/optional)
• Group Legal Plan (employee paid/optional
To apply for this job please visit www.courts.ca.gov.