Legal Assistant, Docket Clerk

Washington, D.C
Feb 24, 2021
Mar 04, 2021
Full Time


This is an entry level Docket Clerk position in the U.S. Tax Court's Docket Section, Case Services Division, Office of the Clerk of the Court.
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The job involves performing specialized docket work independently or as a member of a team. Docket Clerks are responsible for docketing, maintaining, and processing case information, and managing the progression of cases to final disposition in accordance with Court procedures and rules. Docket Clerks must be able to ensure that documents such as motions, minutes, stipulations, depositions, briefs, orders and decisions conform with the Court's rules in terms of timeliness, format, etc. The following duties describe more specifically the details of the position.
  • Receive, examine and review electronic and paper documents such as motions, minutes, stipulations, depositions, briefs, orders, and decisions and carefully review them to ensure conformity with the Court's Rules in terms of timeliness, format etc.
  • Sort, classify, and scan appropriate paper case filings into the Court's electronic case management system, DAWSON. Record case filings on the official docket record.
  • Route documents electronically to the appropriate Judge or staff attorney for action through the Court's case management system, DAWSON.
  • Process orders, opinions, and other Court documents as instructed by the Docket Section Supervisor, Judge or attorney.
  • Calculate the determination and redetermination of monies and input data in the Court's case management system, DAWSON.
  • Provide non-legal procedural information as to the status of cases in-person, by telephone, or by correspondence.
  • Receive and handle appeal bonds and notices for appellate review of Court decisions.
  • Work independently with an assigned senior lead docket clerk who partners and reviews incumbent's work.
  • Perform other work as assigned.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
10 - GS-10.


Conditions of Employment

  • Applicants must be United States citizens.
  • The appointment of any U.S. Tax Court employee is subject to a FBI fingerprint check and background investigation, including an income tax check (employment will be contingent upon the satisfactory completion of these requirements).
  • All Court employees are required to adhere to the Code of Conduct for US Tax Court Employees .
  • Employees of the U.S. Tax Court are considered "at-will" employees, and, as such, may be terminated with or without cause.
  • All applicant information is subject to verification.
  • The Federal Financial Reform Act requires direct deposit of federal wages for Court employees.
The Court reserves the right to make more than one selection from this vacancy announcement.



Special Rating Factors (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required by the Position): Applicants are required to address each Special Rating Factor providing detailed evidence of the listed factors in the form of clear, concise examples of accomplishment and degree of responsibility. Please use specific examples to illustrate how your qualifications and accomplishments are relevant.

Special Rating Factors: (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required by the Position)

A. Demonstrated knowledge of Court Rules of Practice and Procedure or the provisions of the Internal Revenue Code as they pertain to Court Operations.
B. Ability to communicate professionally and with tact both orally and in writing.
C. Knowledge of legal terminology.
D. Demonstrated experience managing multiple tasks, meeting deadlines, and providing excellent customer service.
E. Excellent organization and time management skills and strong attention to detail.

Work at the higher grades: This position provides a progressive career ladder with full- performance level to the GS-10. In order to progress through the career ladder, an employee must work at least 52 weeks at the next lower grade, must be performing their current position at a fully-successful level, and must show evidence of performing duties at the next higher grade level. Promotion consideration is subject to the supervisor's discretion.


No educational requirement. This is not an entry level law clerk position and a law degree is not required nor preferred to hold this position.

Additional information


How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

The United States Tax Court is an Equal opportunity employer.

Ratings will be based on an evaluation of the applicant's experience as it relates to the qualification requirements and on the Special Rating Factors listed herein. Applicants should provide detailed evidence of the Special Rating Factors in their application in the form of clear, concise examples showing level of accomplishment and degree of responsibility.

If you fail to provide the information as required, your application will not be evaluated beyond the basic screening process. The examining Office of Human Resources (OHR) makes the final determination concerning whether you meet the minimum qualifications.


Candidates must possess specialized experience which experience directly relates to the position to be filled and which has equipped the candidate with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position as described in this vacancy announcement.

If you meet the minimum qualifications for this position, the Court will then evaluate your application package to assess the quality, depth, and complexity of your accomplishments, experience, and education as they relate to the requirements listed in this vacancy announcement.

Application of Preference Eligibles: Preference eligibles will be placed above non-preference eligibles within each rating category. Preference eligibles who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 level or higher.

Special Appointment Authority Information: In accordance with the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) of 1998, veterans who are preference eligibles or who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous service may also apply. You must provide documentation of veterans' preference or military service (e.g., SF-15, DD-214), if applicable.


For questions, call the Office of Human Resources at (202) 521-4700.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

The documents must be in PDF format and attached to your email where you identify your name and the position to which you are applying.
  • An electronic cover letter stating the position for which you are applying and providing any supplemental information that may be necessary to address the requirements listed in this vacancy announcement.
  • Resume - Any written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications, and that reflect how your background and experience correspond to the special rating factors listed in this announcement. Include your country of citizenship on your resume.
  • A concise narrative addressing EACH of the special rating factors listed in this announcement.
  • A copy of your most recent SF-50 (if a current federal employee).

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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