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Law Clerk – Judge-Designee Veena Iyer

Ramsey County

Posted 3 weeks ago

Expand your court experience or begin your legal career as a District Court Law Clerk!

In this position, you will work directly with Judge-Designee Veena Iyer, who will be starting in July 2024 and will be assigned to the criminal court rotation and chambered at the Ramsey County Courthouse at 15 W. Kellogg Blvd, Saint Paul, MN 55102. 
As Judge Designee-Iyer’s first law clerk, you will play a key role in establishing her chambers to ensure promotion of the court’s mission of providing justice through a system that assures equal access for the fair and timely resolution of cases and controversies. 
In this role:
– You will develop expertise in court processes, procedures, and systems as you support the establishment of the chambers and management of the caseload;
– You will build relationships with the judge, attorneys, justice partners, and court administration as you serve as an ambassador for the chambers; 
– You will gain deeper experience in legal research, analysis, and writing as you prepare draft memoranda, orders, and opinions. 

This position will require mostly in-person work but may also include occasional flexibility to work remotely. 

Regular hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 – 4:30. This position will require the ability to work full-time during these hours. 

The anticipated start date for this position is mid-July 2024 but is negotiable, particularly for individuals taking the July 2024 bar exam. 

Responsibilities
The following are examples of major job duties expected of this position:

  • Review, study, and research laws, court decisions, documents, opinions, briefs, and related legal authorities.
  • Prepare proposed orders, legal memoranda, and jury instructions, including appropriate suggestions or recommendations to the judge.
  • Compile information necessary for legal determinations.
  • Confer with judge concerning legal questions, construction of documents, and granting of orders.
  • Attend court sessions to hear oral arguments and record necessary case information; maintain records attendant to court proceedings.
  • Courtroom duties including taking court minutes, calling the calendar, swearing in jury panels and witness, and
    assisting in various court proceedings such as arraignments, motions, hearings, pre-trial conferences, and trials.
  • Administrative duties as assigned, including maintaining chambers operations, corresponding with attorneys, and
    filing on behalf of the court.

Minimum Qualifications                                     

  • Juris Doctor from an accredited law school and/or licensed to practice law in Minnesota OR current enrollment in third year of a JD program (3L).
  • Excellent legal research and writing abilities. 
  • Good computer skills, including knowledge of Westlaw, Microsoft Word, and Zoom.
  • Ability to organize and manage own work with minimal supervision.  
  • Ability to handle a wide variety of tasks simultaneously.
  • Strong sense of professionalism.
  • Ability to deal professionally and courteously with court personnel, attorneys, the public, and media.
  • Access to a reliable internet connection is required if working remotely.

To Apply

Please visit Minnesota Judicial Branch – Minnesota Judicial Branch Careers (mncourts.gov)In addition to completing the online application, please attach a one to two-page cover letter, resume, law school transcript, and writing sample (no more than 10 pages). In addition to your general legal qualifications, please highlight the following experience if you have it: (1) criminal law in Ramsey County or elsewhere; (2) process development and improvement; and (3) customer service.

All employment offers are contingent upon satisfactory results of a criminal background check. 

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