Court Staff Attorney I/II - Probate Law (Open)

  • County of San Mateo, CA
  • Redwood City, California
  • Oct 12, 2019
Full Time Court Administration Legal Services
  • Salary: $88,212.80 - $132,724.80 Annually

Job Description


Note: This recruitment schedule was amended on October 31, 2019 to extend the Final Filing Date. This recruitment has been changed to "Continuous."

The Superior Court of California, County of San Mateo is seeking qualified and experienced candidates for the position of Court Staff Attorney. The hired candidate will perform a wide variety of legal research duties primarily in probate law.

Court Staff Attorney I ($88,212.80 - $109,928 Annually) is the entry level attorney position for the court.

Court Staff Attorney II ($98,488.00 - $122,720.00 Annually) is the experienced level attorney position for the court.

The ideal candidate will be a member of the California State Bar (required) and will possess strong working knowledge of California probate law and procedure, as well as, the functions of a California Superior Court. In addition, the ideal candidate will possess the following preferred qualifications:
  • Proven experience performing legal research in probate and civil matters.
  • Knowledge of general legal principles and application to probate and civil law.
  • Strong analytical skills and writing ability.
  • The ability to work independently and with minimal supervision.
  • The ability to coordinate multiple projects and consistently meet deadlines.
  • A strong understanding of the importance of and the ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
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NOTE: The eligible listgenerated from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra-help, term, unclassified,and regular classifiedvacancies.
Examples Of Duties
Essential duties may include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Provide independent legal research to the judges and commissioners of the San Mateo County Superior Court bench.
  • Research matters and provide written memoranda for those matters set on the daily probate calendar.
  • Review and make recommendations on ex parte motions presented to the court on the daily ex parte calendar.
  • Research, prepare memoranda, draft orders and meet with the designated judge on specially set matters.
  • Review and brief preliminary injunctions, and writs and receivership matters filed with the court.

Education and Experience: Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying for Court Staff Attorney I.
Court Staff Attorney II: A minimum of three years as a Court Staff Attorney I or three years of experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

Other Requirements: Licensed by the California State Bar Association and admitted to practice in California.

Required Knowledge of:
  • Legal principles and applications to probate and civil law.
  • The Probate Code, Civil Code, Code of Civil Procedure, Evidence Code, California Rules of Court, and local rules.
  • Evidentiary principles, pre-trial, hearing and trial procedures.
  • Legal research techniques, including the use of case law, statutory law, secondary sources and legal indices and digests.
  • Office practices and procedures, including filing and operation of standard office equipment.
  • Business data processing principles and the use of automation tools for retrieval and analysis.
  • Business letter and legal document formatting, and related office applications such as Word.
  • Correct use of English, including grammar, spelling and punctuation.
  • Computerized legal research and related applications such as LexisNexis and Westlaw.

Required Skill/Ability to:
  • Interpret, evaluate, make decisions in accordance with, and explain complex laws, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Perform legal research; analyze and apply legal principles, facts and precedents to legal problems.
  • Prepare statements of fact, law and argument.
  • Prepare clear, concise and accurate reports, documents, correspondence, procedures and other written materials.
  • Make sound, independent decisions within established legal, policy and procedural guidelines.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.

Open. Anyone may apply. This recruitment is open to any attorney with the minimum qualifications, who is a member in good standing with the California State Bar.

This is a continuous recruitment which may close at any time. The final filing date will be posted five days in advance on this job announcement.

R esponses to the supplemental questions must be submitted in addition toour regular employment application form. A resume will not be accepted as a substitute for the required employment application and supplemental questionnaire.

The examination process will consist of an application screening (pass/fail) based on the candidate's application and responses to the supplemental questions. Candidates who pass the application screening will be invited to a panel interview (weight: 100%). Depending on the number of applicants, an application appraisal of education and experience may be used in place of other examinations, or further evaluation of work experience may be conducted to group applicants by level of qualification. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. All examinations will be given in County of San Mateo, California, and applicants must participate at their own expense.

IMPORTANT:Applications for this position will only be accepted online.If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the"Apply"button. If you are not on the County's website, please go to apply.Online applications must be received by the Human Resources Department before midnight on the final filing date.

Online application packets will consist of:
  1. A completed standard Court/County of San Mateo application form;
  2. Responses to the supplemental questions that are part of the application form;
  3. A resume attached to the application form; and
  4. A writing sample specific to a probate or civil matter you have briefed and argued, no longer than five (5) pages, also attached to the application form.
PLEASE NOTE: Incomplete application packetswill not be reviewed. In case of a high volume of applications, the court reserves the right to limit the number of candidates interviewed to the most highly qualified.

If you experience any difficulty in attaching your resume or writing sample, please contact the recruiterprior to the closing date and time at:

County of San Mateo Human Resources Department
Attn: Mandy Singh
455 County Center - 1st Floor
Redwood City, CA 94063
Telephone: 650-363-4303

Apply immediately. This recruitment is open on a continuous basis and selections may be made at any time within the process.

Final Filing Date:
Application Screening: First round, week of November 4, 2019
Panel Interview: First round, November 19 and/or November 20, 2019, and continues thereafter with future date TBD.

The Superior Court of California, County of San Mateo is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and weencourage applications from candidates who will contribute to our diversity.

Note:Although the County is conducting the recruitment with the Superior Court, this position is not a County position.

Analyst: Mandy Singh(10112019) (Court Staff Attorney I/II - X434/X435)