The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Mississippi is accepting applications for the position of a Term Law Clerk to Honorable Jason D. Woodard, Chief U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge. This is a full-time, 40 hour per week position that requires some travel (including overnight). A law clerk to a United States Bankruptcy Judge performs the substantive review, research, and writing on matters pending before the Court. There is daily interaction with the judge, other chambers staff, and Clerk’s office employees.
Representative Duties and Responsibilities Include:
Reviews complaints, petitions, motions, and other pleadings that come before the Court to determine the issues involved and the basis for relief;
Reviews dockets of pending litigation and monitors progress;
Performs legal research;
Identifies issues before the Court and makes recommendations;
Provides information to the judge in connection with pending litigation;
Drafts bench memos for the judge’s consideration;
Prepares orders and opinions, verifying citations;
Prepares seminar materials;
Keeps abreast of changes in the law and briefs the judge;
Assists the judge during courtroom proceedings;
Travels to attend conferences, hearings, and trials that are scheduled out of the area;
Shares in the administrative tasks of chambers; and
Performs other duties as assigned.
For an appointment at a JSP Grade 11, an applicant must be a law school graduate at the time of appointment (or be certified as having completed all law school studies and requirements and merely awaiting conferment of degree) from a law school of recognized standing, 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;
Graduation from such a school with an LLM degree;
Experience on the editorial board of law review or journal; or
Demonstrated proficiency in legal studies, which in the opinion of the judge, is the equivalent of one of the above.
For appointment to a JSP Grade 12 or above, an applicant must be a member of the bar of a state, territorial, or federal court of general jurisdiction and must possess the following year(s) of full-time legal work experience after graduation from law school:
JSP 12 – one year of legal work experience;
JSP 13 – two years of legal work experience; or
JSP 14 – two years of service as a federal judicial law clerk is required in addition to at least one year of legal work experience.