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Administrative Office of the Courts

Business Unit: 23600

Law Clerk #10111880-23600, Full-Time, AT-WILL, in Deming or Silver City, NM

# of Positions: 1

Opening Date: 08-06-2021 - Close Date: --

Job Pay Range: JJ: $22.313 - $36.258 per hour

Target Pay Range/Rate: $22.313 - $27.891 per hour

Prospectively, the New Mexico Judicial Branch is requiring full vaccination status as a condition of employment to being hired into the judiciary. Fully vaccinated means two weeks beyond the second Moderna or Pfizer vaccination or single dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccination, and if eligible, must have received the COVID-19 Booster.

The Sixth Judicial District is recruiting for a full-time, AT-WILL, Law Clerk #10111880-23600 in Deming or Silver City, New Mexico. GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: Acting under general direction, work as personal staff to a District Court Judge on assigned cases, perform legal research, analysis, writing, and editing. Finalist(s) may be subject to criminal background checks.

● The Law Clerk is responsible for reviewing cases, analyzing briefs, records and legal authorities cited.
● Prepares legal drafts by assembling and organizing information for legal forms and documents.
● Processes complaints, declarations, discovery requests, responses, and other pleadings.
● Evaluates the merits of legal arguments by researching laws, statutes, constitutions, regulations, court opinions, and precedents.
● Analyzes and assesses the impact of applicable law.
● Assists in preparing for oral arguments, and “briefs-only” conferences.
● Assembles case materials by collecting, organizing, and summarizing information, documents, reports, and evidence.
● Maintains calendar by entering and updating requirements, court dates, and meetings.
● Performs legal research and analysis.
● Prepares and oversees bench memos for cases.
• Recommends appropriate court calendaring.
• Assists with and delegates in-court functions and processes.
• Reviews and analyzes records and transcripts.
● Performs technical editing of legal documents.
● Drafts opinions, calendar notices, orders, memoranda and decisions for review and final approval.
● Discusses confidential and sensitive issues with justices or judges.
● Participates in special projects, presentations and training.
● Other duties as assigned.

The successful applicant should demonstrate their knowledge of the United States and New Mexico constitutions, federal law, New Mexico case law, statutes, rules, policies and procedures; legal terminology, Code of Judicial Conduct; Rules of Professional Conduct; court jurisdiction and operations; manual and computerized legal research; principles of legal analysis and writing; filing systems New Mexico case law and statutes and court jurisdiction.

The following functions are representative, but not all-inclusive of the work environment and physical demands an employee may expect to encounter in performing tasks assigned to this job. Work is performed in an office or court setting. A valid driver's license and travel may be required. The assigned work schedule may include nights, weekends, holidays and overtime. The employee must regularly interact positively with co-workers, clients, the public, and judges and justices.
* This job description is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions performed

● Medical/Dental/Vision/Rx, Short and Long Term Disability Insurance Programs, employee assistance program (EAP) []
● State paid life insurance, supplemental and dependent life insurance
● Optional flexible spending accounts for medical, day-care, and travel expenses
● Paid Vacation, Sick and Personal Leave, up to eight (8) weeks
● Ten (10) paid holidays
● Up to twelve (12) weeks of paid parental leave
● Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan
● Lifetime Defined Benefits Retirement Plan []
● Flexible work schedules and alternative work locations*
● Free health care, Rx, lab work at facility (Stay Well Health Center) in Santa Fe, NM
● Bilingual compensation*
● Training and career development opportunities
● Higher education opportunities and educational leave
● May qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF)
● May receive overtime holiday or shift differential pay*
● May receive physical fitness leave*
*these benefits vary by job classification or need*

  • Education: Must be a graduate of a law school meeting the standards of accreditation of the American Bar Association.
  • Education Substitution: None.
  • Experience: One (1) year of experience performing legal research, analysis, writing and editing while employed or as a student.
  • Experience Substitution: None.
TO APPLY: Submit a New Mexico Judicial Branch Application for Employment or a Resume and a Resume Supplemental form, proof of education, and writing samples to the address below or email them to

Application forms:
Microsoft Word Format
Adobe PDF Format

Resume Supplemental Forms:
Microsoft Word Format
Adobe PDF Format
Sixth Judicial District Court
Attn: Angelic Muñoz, Court Executive Officer 2
Mailing Address: PO Box 2339, Silver City, NM 88062
Physical Address:
Grant County Courthouse, 201 N. Cooper Street, 1st Floor, Silver City, NM 88061

Proof of education and writing samples are required.

Faxed Applications or Resume and Resume Supplemental Forms will be rejected.