FOR APPELLATE LAW CLERK
The Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands, which is comprised
of a Chief Justice and two Associate Justices, is the highest court in the
territory of the United States Virgin Islands. The Supreme Court hears appeals from the
Superior Court, a trial level court, as there is no intermediate court of
appeals in the Virgin Islands. Each of
the three Justices are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the
Legislature for a ten year term, and reappointments are for life. Review of Supreme Court decisions is heard by
writ of certiorari, if granted by the United States Court of Appeals for the
Third Circuit, during the Supreme Court's first fifteen years unless the United
States Congress acts to shorten this oversight period. Thereafter, review of the Virgin Islands
Supreme Court's decisions will be by writ of certiorari directly to the United
States Supreme Court.
The position available is that of appellate
law clerk to the Chief Justice of the Virgin Islands Supreme Court. This is professional legal work, including the
performance of legal research and the drafting and editing of bench memoranda,
opinions, and orders concerning the cases before the appellate panel. Work is performed under general supervision
of the Chief Justice and is reviewed through conferences and submitted work.
The essential functions of the position
include but are not limited to the following:
court decisions, documents, opinions, briefs, and related legal authorities.
- Review, study, and research laws,
and judgments for review by the Chief Justice, including making appropriate
- Prepare legal memoranda, opinions
suggestions or recommendations to the justice.
decisions necessary for legal determinations.
- Compile references on laws and
concerning legal questions, construction of documents and granting of orders.
- Confer with the Chief Justice
oral arguments and record necessary case information; maintain notes attendant
- Attend court sessions to hear
to court proceedings.
- Other duties as assigned or required.
applicant should possess the following knowledge, abilities and skills:
sources of legal reference.
- Knowledge of general law, territorial code, established precedent, and
orally and in writing, with a diverse group of people.
- Knowledge of court practices and procedures.
- Knowledge of legal terminology and concepts.
- Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both
- Ability to research complex legal problems or questions and apply legal
- Ability to represent the court in a respectful manner.
- Ability to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with
word processing and legal research software.
- Skill in the operation of a personal computer with
Work is performed primarily in an office setting or a courtroom, and is
essentially sedentary with occasional walking, standing, bending, and
transferring items less than 25 pounds
such as papers and files. Position may
require periods of extended sitting or computer use. Applicant must be a graduate of an accredited
law school. The employment term is for 1
year to begin in August 2013, with the option of an additional year at the
Chief Justice's discretion. The salary