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Ramsey County – Referee Law Clerk for Referee Elizabeth Clysdale

Posted 4 years ago


The Second Judicial District is accepting applications for a Judicial Law Clerk for Referee Elizabeth Clysdale. Referee Clysdale’s assignment includes family law, orders for protection, civil harassment, child protection and housing court cases. The law clerk performs administrative, courtroom, and legal research/writing functions under the direct supervision of a Family Court Referee.

Example of Duties:

Assists in the day-to-day management of the Referee’s office, maintains the Referee’s daily schedule and responds to inquiries. Conducts legal research and prepares written reports, memoranda, orders, judgments and decrees.  Prepares various documents related to judicial duties; attends all court sessions and performs court related duties such as recording necessary case information, maintaining records attendant to court proceedings and electronically filing court orders. Ensures that all files, pleadings, and other papers are available when needed and in proper order. Performs courtroom duties including calling calendars, administering oaths and swearing in witnesses. Assists in various court proceedings such as motions, pretrial and trial; performs other administrative and clerical functions as required.Typical Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Graduation from law school and/or licensed to practice law in Minnesota.
  • Good, practical, analytical legal research and writing abilities;
  • Good computer skills, including knowledge of Westlaw and Microsoft
  • Word or other word processing programs;
  • Ability to organize and manage own work with minimum supervision;
  • Ability to handle a wide variety of tasks simultaneously;
  • Strong sense of professionalism;
  • Ability to deal tactfully and courteously with court personnel, attorneys, the public and media.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and respectfully with diverse stakeholders and self-represented litigants.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Interest in practicing family law as an attorney.
  • Experience with family law, alternative dispute resolution and child protection.
  • Experience with dynamics of domestic abuse, child development and complex financial matters.

Successful candidate will be required to pass a criminal background check.
 Supplemental Information

TO APPLY: Apply online at This position will close on May 21, 2019. In addition to completing the online application, please upload and attach a one page cover letter, resume, transcript and writing sample (no more than ten (10) pages).

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