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Career Story: Deputy Clerk For A Federal Courthouse

Deputy Clerk For A Federal Courthouse

Job Title: Courtroom/Deputy Clerk

Type of Company: I work for the a federal courthouse.

Education: B.S. Criminal Justice, Rochester Institute of Technology •• J.D., New England School of Law

Previous Experience: I worked as an attorney in a small general practice law firm.

Job Tasks: Some of my primary responsibilities include the following: Case management of both our civil and criminal cases assigned to the judge I work for; communicate with attorneys, the press, public and other federal agencies; and run court, call court into session, swear in witnesses and mark exhibits whenever we are in session.

My days vary depending on how heavy our calendar is for the day (how many hearings we have). When we are on trial we sit from 9 AM to 1 PM and then have other hearings in the afternoon. Our hearings range from change of pleas, sentencings, motion hearings and scheduling conferences.

Invariably my job requires me to be in contact with the public press and other federal agencies like the U.S. marshals office on a daily basis. When I am not in court I am drafting judgments, notices, writs of habeas corpus and other orders for the court which are then electronically entered in the case.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is when I am sitting in court on an interesting case with good attorneys. Although the adage that you can learn just as much from a bad attorney as you can a good attorney applies. We have had a variety of interesting cases, both civil and criminal. I enjoy meeting and working with a variety of people.

The worst part is it can be a time a bit monotonous. Some of the tasks I do are required on a daily basis and the job can get a bit routine at times. Some litigants can be difficult to work with and can be a bit demanding.

Job Tips:
1. Although I have a law degree, not all judges require one, and is not a necessity for the position although it does help.

2. Don't give up. It took me three interviews before I was eventually hired by the court. Each time was for a position with a different judge.

3. There are opportunities to advance and generally the court likes to promote within so be willing to take a lower position with the chance to move up at a later time.

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