Assistant Clerk Emergency Applications Attorney

Washington, D.C
Dec 08, 2021
Dec 15, 2021
Full Time

The Assistant Clerk - Emergency Applications Attorney coordinates the filing and disposition of emergency applications. The incumbent reviews all emergency applications submitted to Justices for compliance with Court Rules; advises counsel and pro se litigants on procedures applicable to applications; transmits applications to Justices; maintains computerized docket with respect to applications; compiles statistical reports, and advises litigants and the Public Information Office concerning the status and resolution of applications. The incumbent coordinates with and counsels the Justices and Court personnel with respect to emergency applications in capital cases; maintains a list of execution dates and monitors the status of related lower court proceedings; consults with and advises attorneys involved with emergency applications in capital cases, and assists with the drafting and issuance of orders in capital cases.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Meet Experience Requirements (see Qualifications)
  • Employment is subject to successful completion of a security background check.
  • If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See:


At least three years of experience in court administration, litigation or similar work, and knowledge of federal habeas corpus practice and procedure are required. The ability to make judgments and act independently in time-sensitive matters and the highest levels of discretion and judgment are required. An understanding of the organization of the courts, and their rules, practices and procedures are also required. The ability to communicate effectively at all levels within and outside the Court is essential. The position requires willingness and ability to work after hours as needed to address capital cases and emergency matters.


Graduation from an ABA accredited law school, and active membership in good standing in the bar of the highest court of a State, Commonwealth, Territory or Possession or the District of Columbia are required.

Additional information

Working for the Supreme Court of the United States offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. Additional benefits include flexible spending accounts, long-term care insurance, and the SmartBenefits transit subsidy.

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