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Term Law Clerk to the Honorable Diane J. Humetewa

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  • Full Time
  • $73,783 - $108,012/year
  • Phoenix, AZ
June 11, 2024 Law Clerk

Job Description

This is for a one-year term, beginning September 2, 2025, with possibility of one year renewal.


The judicial law clerk to the Honorable Diane J. Humetewa will perform substantive research and writing, prepare bench memos and draft orders on predominantly civil matters pending before the judge. The caseload in this jurisdiction is heavy, and deadlines are demanding. The types of cases presented are varied, sometimes involving novel issues of law. Daily interaction with the judge and law clerks is the norm.

  • $73,783 - $108,012/year
Conditions of Employment



To qualify for the position of law clerk at salary level JSP 11, a person must be a law school graduate and have one or more of the following attributes:
* Standing within the upper third of the law school class from a law school on the approved list of either the American Bar Association or the Association of American Law Schools.
* Experience on the editorial board of a law review of such school.
* Graduation from such a school with an LLM degree; or
* Demonstrated proficiency in legal studies, which, in the opinion of the judge, is the equivalent of one of the above. Some examples of criteria which is acceptable as equivalent include:
o Publication of a noteworthy article in a law school student publication or other
scholarly publication;
o Special high-level honors for academic excellence in law school, such as election to the Order of the Coif;
o Winning of a moot court competition or membership on a moot court team that represents the law school in competition with other law schools;
o Participation in the legal aid or other law school clinical program sanctioned by
the law school;* or
o Summer experience as a law clerk to a state or local judge or law clerk experience on a continuing basis in a private firm while attending school (i.e., working oneâs way through college).*
*To receive credit, participation and experience could not have been for academic credit.

This list is not all-inclusive; the determination of an acceptable equivalence rests with the appointing judge.


One-year post-law school experience is preferred. Experience using Westlaw is highly preferred. An ability to meet deadlines while demonstrating legal writing of the highest quality is required.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS One-year post-law school experience is preferred. Experience using Westlaw is highly preferred. An ability to meet deadlines while demonstrating legal writing of the highest quality is required.

Education EDUCATION: Law school graduate Other Information

This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service.

Required Documents

Applicants must submit the following:
* Cover letter that supports your work experience as it relates to the position.
* Resume that includes complete work and salary history, and education.
* A writing sample of up to ten pages in length.
* Two letters of recommendation.
* Three references.

Attachments should be submitted only as Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat (PDF) documents. Other formats are not acceptable.
Applications will be considered complete when the online application and all required attachments (in proper format) are received by the Human Resources Division. Applications and/or attachments received after the closing date may not be considered.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

How to Apply

For information and details regarding this position and to apply, visit the District of Arizona employment website at to submit an online application, including the items listed above.


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