*Starting salary is set considering human resource policies, qualifications, experience and applicant’s current salary or federal pay grade.
The Honorable Joseph Bataillon, Senior United States District Judge in Omaha, Nebraska, is seeking a part-time chambers term law clerk. This appointment could potentially go full-time in August 2022. Excellent academic (top third of graduating law school class) and research and writing skills required.
Perform legal research, and prepare memos, orders, correspondence, and opinions for the Judge’s consideration;
Review dockets of pending litigation and monitor progress;
Assist the Judge during courtroom proceedings;
Demonstrate a proficiency in computer technical skills;
Interact with staff of the Clerk’s Office and members of the Bar; and
Perform clerical/administrative duties for chambers management.
To qualify for the position of law clerk on the personal staff of a federal judge, a person must be a law school graduate (or be certified as having completed all law school studies and requirements and merely awaiting conferment of degree) from a law school of recognized standing, and have one or more of the following attributes:
Standing within the upper third of the law school class from a law school on the approved list of either the American Bar Association or the Association of American Law Schools;
Experience on the editorial board of a law review of such a school;
Graduation from such a school with an LLM degree; or
Demonstrated proficiency in legal studies, which in the opinion of the judge is the equivalent of one of the above.
Some examples of criteria that are considered to be acceptable as equivalent include:
Publication of a noteworthy article in a law school student publication or other scholarly publication;
Special high-level honors for academic excellence in law school, such as election to the Order of the Coif;
Winning of a moot court competition or membership on a moot court team that represents the law school in competition with other law schools;
Participation in the legal aid or other law school clinical program sanctioned by the law school. In order to receive credit, participation and experience could not have been for academic credit; or
Summer experience as a law clerk to a state or local judge or law clerk experience on a continuing basis in a private firm while attending school (i.e., working one’s way through college).
Qualified applicants must submit an application package in PDF format including:
A cover letter.
A detailed resume that includes full educational background, continuing education, legal training, facilitation/presentation skills, second language/sign language proficiencies, military service, community service/civic involvement, work with under-represented populations, and internships.
A writing sample.
A completed AO 78 Application for Judicial Branch Employment. The form AO 78 is available on the court’s website at:
Incomplete application packages, those not received in PDF format, andapplications received after the closing date will not be considered.
The applicants deemed most qualified will be invited to participate in a personal interview at their own expense. The United States District Court will not be responsible for expenses associated with traveling for interviews or for relocating the successful candidate. References will not be required until an applicant is considered a finalist. Final candidates are subject to a background security check. All application information is subject to verification. Appointment to this position is contingent upon successful completion of a background check, including fingerprint and criminal record checks. An applicant selected for the position will be hired provisionally pending successful completion of the investigation. Unsatisfactory results may result in termination of employment.
Employees of the United States District Court are not included in the government’s Civil Service classification, but are under an excepted appointment and therefore serve at will. All judiciary employees are required to adhere to the Code of Conduct for Judicial Employees. Applicants must be United States citizens or eligible to work in the United States. The United States District Court for the District of Nebraska is an equal opportunity employer and has a strong commitment to achieving diversity among staff. In particular, members of under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
The judge officer reserves the right to modify the conditions of this vacancy announcement at any time or to withdraw it without prior notice.
A generous benefits package is available and includes the following:
Paid annual leave, 13 days per year during the first three years of federal service; accrual rate increases with additional years of service
Paid sick leave, 13 days per year with unlimited accumulation
Federal holidays, 11 paid days per year
Federal Employees Health, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance programs
Health Care Reimbursement Account
Dependent Care Reimbursement Account
Long Term Care Insurance
Flexible work schedule opportunities
On-site fitness facility
Paid parking (contingent upon availability of funds)
Employee Assistance Programs
Work Life Services and on-site Health Units at select locations
Virtual Learning through the Judiciary Online University
Student Loan Forgiveness for Public Service Employees