Legal Clerk, Petitions/Calendar Clerk

Washington, D.C
Aug 03, 2021
Aug 10, 2021
Full Time


This position is located in the Petitions and Calendar Section, within the Case Services Division and reports directly to the Petitions/Calendar Supervisor.
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The incumbent is a member of the Section responsible for processing petition packages and preparing pleadings, orders, session calendars, and other legal correspondence pertaining to cases litigated before the Tax Court. Additionally, the Section is responsible for scheduling cases for trial, issuing Notices of Trial and Standing Pretrial Orders, and/or Notices.

Major Duties
  • Review and analyze documents received and petitions filed to ascertain adherence to Tax Court Rules of Practice and Procedure in order to initiate a case. Ensure appropriate tax case designations (regular or small) and issue orders as needed.
  • Apply appropriate filing fees and confirm that petitions have been amended appropriately. Enter Orders of Dismissal for failure to pay filing fees and/or file an amended petition.
  • Process undeliverable mail returned by the U.S. Post Office, taking appropriate action as necessary, such as issuing orders changing address or directing additional service.
  • Prepare service copy and a daily service listing of all petitions and associated documents to be served on respondent. Record requests for place of trial, amending such requests as needed.
  • Respond to all correspondence requesting forms or other Court information.
  • Prepare and maintain the Court's trial calendars. Issue Notices of Trial along with Standing Pretrial Orders and/or Notices, and 30-day trial reminder notices. Serve various change notices when any aspect of the trial has changed.
  • Maintain and update Tax Clinic letters to be issued to pro-se petitions.
  • Perform other work as assigned.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
8 - GS-8.


Conditions of Employment

  • Applicants must be United States Citizens or Nations.
  • All Court employees are required to adhere to the Code of Conduct for US Tax Court Employees .
  • Employees of the United States Tax Court are considered "at-will" employees, and, as such, may be terminated with or without cause.
  • Those who are required must abide by Selective Service registration requirements.
  • Selection of this position is contingent upon favorable suitability determination and security background check, to include credit check, Federal income tax check and criminal check. A candidate selected for this position must be current on his or her Federal income tax obligations before employment with the Tax Court, and must remain current at all times while employed by the Tax Court. Continued employment post appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of the background investigation and credit check, and favorable adjudication. A background reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time.
  • All applicant information is subject to verification.
  • The Federal Financial Reform Act requires direct deposit of federal wages for Court employees.



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)
  • Demonstrated ability and skill using a case management software in order to prepare and process legal documents with a high degree of accuracy and productivity.
  • Demonstrated ability and skill in speaking, reading, and writing in the English language sufficient to review the grammar, spelling and punctuation of legal documents.
  • Knowledge of legal terminology.
  • Demonstrated skill dealing effectively with persons on all levels through verbal and written communication.

  • Work at the higher grades: This position provides a progressive career ladder with full- performance level to the GS-8. 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.


    This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

    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 related to the duties of this position and the Special Rating Factors listed above. The resume/application package must provide detailed information showing that the Special Rating Factors are satisfied. A cover letter outlining relevant work experience may be provided as well.

    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.

    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.
    • A resume highlighting relevant knowledge and experience.
    • A supplemental written statement, not to exceed two pages, which provides a brief description of how your experience relates to the Special Rating Factors listed in this announcement.
    • A copy of your recent Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50 (if applicable).

    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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