Court Notice

United States District Court, Middle District of Alabama
Vacancy Announcement: Death Penalty Law Clerk
Permanent Part-time Position
Judicial Salary Plan Grade: 11-14
Starting Part-time Salary: $28,704
Starting grade and salary dependent upon experience and qualifications

Open to All Qualified Applicants
Open Date: 08/31/2011; Closing Date: until filled
The U.S. District Court of Alabama Middle is accepting applications for the position of part-time Death Penalty Law Clerk. This position is located in Montgomery, AL. The work schedule for this position is 40 hours every two weeks.

Representative Duties

  • Perform case management activities as well as conduct substantive reviews of all state death penalty habeas corpus petitions or motions to vacate federal death sentences.
  • Perform legal research and prepare recommendations to the Court in regard to stays of execution, jurisdiction, scheduling, exhaustion of remedies, discovery, motions for evidentiary hearing, disposition on the merits and certificates of appealability.
  • Draft appropriate recommendations, opinions, orders and correspondence for the Court.
  • Evaluate and determine that petitions and pleadings meet the requirements of federal and local procedural rules, form, payment of fees, and service. Return those documents that do not conform to the statutes or rules, with instructions for necessary correction or compliance.
  • Communicate with counsel for petitioners regarding procedural requirements, supplying them with appropriate forms, documents and instructions as required, and perform similar work as assigned by the court.
  • Inform the Court as to filing of death penalty cases and execution dates.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • All candidates must be law school graduates, and must have a thorough knowledge of the law and legal procedures. Skill in writing legal memoranda, opinions, orders and other documents is required. Skill in the oral presentation of complicated legal matters to judges is required.
    The successful candidate should demonstrate:
  • Excellent organizational skills and experience handling multiple tasks and projects.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a variety of people either in person or on the phone.
  • Ability to work without supervision.
  • Previous experience working in Microsoft Office and familiarity with WordPerfect or comparable computer experience.
  • Ability to work with strict deadlines and in a fast-paced environment.

Additional Information

  • Only qualified applicants will be considered for this position.
  • Applicants must be United States citizens or eligible to work in the United States.
  • Applicants selected for interviews must travel at their own expense.
  • A background investigation with law enforcement agencies, including fingerprint and criminal record check, will be conducted as a condition of employment. Any applicant selected for the position will be hired provisionally pending successful completion of investigation. Unsatisfactory results may result in termination of employment.
  • Employees of the U.S. District Court are “at will” employees and are subject to a one-year probationary period. Employees must adhere to the Code of Conduct for Judicial Employees.
  • Payment of salary is subject to the mandatory electronic fund transfer (direct deposit) to a financial institution.
  • Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

How to Apply

  • Qualified applicants should submit:
  • A cover letter summarizing related skills and interest for this position
  • An Application for Federal Judicial Employment (form AO78)
  • Résumé
  • Writing samples
  • Law school transcript

The application, form AO 78, and a summary of federal judiciary benefits are available.

Submit above documents via e-mail or by regular mail to:

Human Resources 11-03
U.S. District Court
P.O. Box 711
Montgomery, AL 36101
This Court is an Equal Opportunity / EDR Employer


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