Staff Attorney


For the Supreme Court Commissioner’s Office

Job#:     2021-01-01

Salary:    $62,748 - $82,344 (Range 61) DOQ

Closes:    Until Filled.  Applications received will be initially reviewed on January 20, 2021.  This recruitment will close when enough qualified applications are received.

Note: The Supreme Court will not accept applications.  Please follow the application information provided on the announcement if you are interested in applying for the position.


Primary Purpose


Analyzes petitions and motions seeking Washington Supreme Court review and prepares legal memoranda for the Justices’ consideration that present the procedural and factual trial record, decisions of the lower courts, and arguments propounded by the parties and amicus curiae, and recommends disposition based on evaluation of the multifaceted considerations involved in selecting cases for review. Analyzes motions seeking action by the Supreme Court, such as appointment of counsel, review at public expense, or the exercise of its original jurisdiction, and recommends disposition.


Duties and Responsibilities


Researches and analyzes the procedural and substantive legal issues presented by petitions for review, appeals filed directly in the Court, cases filed under the Court’s original jurisdiction, and motions to be decided by the Court. Provides the Justices with legal memoranda including a summary of the case, legal analysis of the issues, discussion of the multifaceted considerations involved in selecting cases for review, and a recommendation as to whether the Court should grant, deny, or take some other appropriate action on petitions for review and motions, and whether the Court should retain appeals filed directly in the Court or transfer them for decision by the Court of Appeals in the first instance; to recommend disposition of a case: studies the trial record, performs complex legal research, analyzes emerging legal developments, considers issues in other pending cases, considers the additional procedural steps, if any, necessary for appropriate disposition. Prepares draft opinions and orders for the court and draft rulings for the Commissioner as requested. Prepares, for internal Court use, summaries of proposed opinions circulating among the Supreme Court Justices. Staff Attorney – AOC HR 11/14 2 Prepares, for public information and posting on the Court’s website, drafts of issue statements for cases to be heard by the Court. Serves as a resource for the Court’s judicial law clerks and law student externs on legal and procedural questions. Performs other duties as assigned.

Mailing Address:

 P.O Box 1873  Seattle, WA 98111