Staff Attorney

(This position is exempt from the State of Delaware Merit System)

Recruitment #020922-J65725-20300


*Salary applicable for this position is based upon the qualifications of the individual applicant.

Summary Statement

This position works within the Superior Court and serves at the pleasure of the President Judge.  This position assists the Chief Staff Attorney with various legal and administrative issues that arise within the Superior Court, including

•  providing legal advice and guidance to the President Judge, the individual Judges and the staff of the Superior Court including the Superior Court Administrator’s Office.  
•  conducting legal research and writing; 
• tracking legislation affecting the Court.  Drafting legislation and administrative policies, as appropriate.
•  reviewing and responding to requests for information from the media and the public.  Assisting the Chief Staff Attorney in the public information officer role.
• serving as staff for internal and external committees; 
• drafting documents, procedural manuals, and correspondence.  Participating in and providing follow-up on significant special projects, making recommendations,
  as appropriate.
• handling other duties as assigned.

Additionally, this position shall report to and work on special projects assigned by the Chief Staff Attorney.  This position is a statewide position and may require travel within the state.  This position must have excellent oral and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualification

Preference will be given to applicants possessing experience in public policy, court procedure and court rule analysis or a related area.

Job Requirements

Minimum Qualifications: Resumes may not be substituted for the application.  Failure to do so will result in disqualification. Applicants must have the education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following qualifications.  Failure in any one area will result in a rating of “not qualified.”

1. Graduation from an accredited law school and minimum of five years of work experience as an attorney.
2. Admission to the Delaware Bar, with certification of good standing status.
3. Excellent research and writing skills.
4. Outstanding analytical and problem-solving ability.
5. Advanced capability to:
i.  Communicate effectively with judges, managers, Administrative Office personnel, the bar, the public and court staff.  
ii. Synthesize the results of legal research and convey those results (orally and in writing) in a clear and concise manner.
iii. Accurately perform complex work with minimal supervision.
iv. Consistently demonstrate sound ethics and judgment.
6. A legal writing sample of at least five pages must be submitted as an attachment to the application.

Additional Posting Information

Attachments to Applications:
Resumes will not be accepted unless accompanied by the 5-page legal writing sample.
Please do not submit copies of evaluations, letters of reference, training certificates, or college transcripts unless requested. 
If supplemental information is requested by the posting, be sure to include it when you submit your application prior to the closing date.
Applications or additional information will not be accepted after the closing date.

Conditions of Hire

A satisfactory criminal background check is required as a condition of hire and to maintain employment.
Direct deposit of paychecks is required as a condition of employment.


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Selection Process

The application and supplemental questionnaire are evaluated based upon a rating of your education, training and experience as they relate to the job requirements of the position.  It is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application and the supplemental questionnaire to include dates of employment, job title and job duties.  For education and training, list name of educational provider, training course titles and summary of course content.   Narrative information supplied in response to the questions must be supported by the information supplied on the application including your employment, education and training history as it relates to the job requirements.

Once you have submitted your application on-line, all future correspondence related to your application will be sent via email.  Please keep your contact information current.  You may also view all correspondence sent to you by the State of Delaware in the “My Applications” tab at Delaware State Jobs.


Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process.  To request an auxiliary aid or service please call (302) 739-5458. 

TDD users should call the Delaware Relay Service Number 1-800-232-5460 for assistance.

The State of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity employer and values a diverse workforce. We strongly encourage and seek out a workforce representative of Delaware including race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. 

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