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Senior Law Clerk to Justice-Appointee Kyra Harris Bolden

Senior Law Clerk to Justice-Appointee Kyra Harris Bolden
Michigan Supreme Court
Salary Range: $93,496.00 - $123,988.80

Justice-Appointee Kyra Harris Bolden seeks qualified Senior Law Clerk candidates for her Lansing chambers at the Hall of Justice. The Senior Law Clerk assists the Justice in evaluating cases filed with the Court, which includes reviewing Commissioner reports, proposed orders and opinions, and discussion of pending cases with the Justice. Essential duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Assist in the employment of new law clerks, train and oversee their work, ensure the balance of work, track the progress of cases, and serve as a mentor. Also, recruit, interview, train, and supervise interns.
• Prepare draft opinions, concurrences, and dissents of the Supreme Court. Edit draft opinions issued by other offices. Research and advise the Justice with regard to draft opinions, including drafting and advocating proposed changes per the Justice’s instructions.
• Review Commissioner recommendations regarding applications for leave to appeal, including reviewing facts and legal issues and recommending to the Justice whether the Court should hear the case. Prepare summaries for the Justice and draft “hold” memos summarizing why the Court should hear the case as directed by the Justice.
• Review and analyze “hold” memos and other memoranda prepared by the other Justices’ offices, discuss with the Justice, and prepares responsive memos as necessary.
• Review cases scheduled for conference consideration, discussing them with the Justice, and draft memos to the Justice as necessary. Draft memos as directed by the Justice advocating the Justice’s position and attempting to persuade a majority to Justice’s view of the case.
• Prepare memoranda in advance of oral arguments, including reviewing cases, conducting required legal research, summarizing important facts and arguments, and drafting and editing memoranda.

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE: Juris Doctor (JD) from an accredited law school. At least three (3) years of progressively more responsible experience involving significant legal research and writing. Experience with the Court of Appeals or another judicial forum may be preferred by the hiring Justice. At least one (1) year of experience equivalent to that of a law clerk to a Justice.

KNOWLEDGE & ABILITY: Candidates must have excellent communication and writing skills. The Senior Law Clerk must be able to perform multiple tasks under pressure, prioritize multiple projects with competing deadlines, communicate effectively with varied audiences, establish and maintain good working relationships and communicate effectively with internal and external constituents.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Working conditions are normal for an office environment. Occasional in-state travel may be required.

WORK LOCATION: Hall of Justice, Lansing, MI, with the potential to work remotely in the future.

TO APPLY: Please e-mail your cover letter and resume in Word or Adobe.pdf format to and include “Senior Law Clerk to Justice-Appointee Harris Bolden” in the subject line. If you are unable to e-mail applicant materials, please contact Judicial Human Resources (517) 373-1147 for assistance.

December 14, 2022, 5 pm.