POSITION TITLE: Legal Clerk
IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: General Counsel
EMPLOYEE GROUP: Unclassified
LOCATION: St. Paul
HOURS PER WEEK: Part-time (up to 30 hours/week)
FLSA/GRADE LEVEL: Non-exempt
PROBATIONARY PERIOD: Temporary assignment
The law clerk will conduct legal research and writing for the legal department, containing seven attorneys with Education Minnesota. The position may include assisting attorneys with grievance arbitrations, licensure matters, long-term disability appeals or other matters arriving from unionized public school district settings. Law clerks receive substantive work experience and gain exposure to Minnesota laws pertaining to public education, data practices, and labor and employment law.
Education Minnesota is a member-led labor union that has identified racial equity and social justice as primary organizational goals. All staff are expected to participate, individually and collectively, in ongoing training, discussions, and activities to advance these goals.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Assist with legal research and writing projects overseen by staff attorneys and the General Counsel.
- Update legal guides and record-keeping systems with summaries of recent court and arbitration decisions.
- Assist attorneys in preparation for arbitrations and administrative hearings.
- Accurately record hours worked and assignments completed for documentation and billing purposes.
- Participate in legal meetings with attorneys to review viability of cases for arbitration.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- Strong reading comprehension, verbal and written communication skills.
- Proficiency in legal research databases such as Westlaw, LexisNexis or BloombergBNA.
- Ability to manage multiple research and writing projects and maintain regular communication with multiple attorneys about their needs and deadlines.
- Ability to draft persuasive advocacy letters on behalf of clients.
- Ability to summarize judicial and regulatory decisions verbally and in written memoranda to attorneys.
- High school diploma or GED.
- Currently enrolled or recently graduated from an accredited law school.
- Academic and/or working experience in labor, employment and/or education law.
- Currently in 2L year of law school.
Maintain confidential information related to staff, the organization and related data for members.
Work is in a general office environment. Employee is required to: talk and hear; frequently stand, walk and repetitively use hands dexterously (use fingers to handle, feel), reach with hands and arms, bend and physically, lift and carry up to 10 pounds; occasionally lift up to 50 pounds and infrequently travel by various conveyances (e.g., air, rail, auto).
- Some travel with overnight stays.
- Frequent evening and weekend work required.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality.
EDUCATION MINNESOTA IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
Education Minnesota is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing an inclusive environment of mutual respect where diversity is valued, supported, and celebrated to benefit applicants, employees, members, and students. Discrimination of any kind is prohibited. All employment decisions are based on qualifications, merit, job requirements and business need. Education Minnesota strongly encourages women, BIPOC individuals, LGBTQ+ individuals, people with disabilities, immigrants, and veterans to apply.
POSTING DEADLINE: For best consideration, apply online and include a resume no later than midnight of Friday, Sept. 29, 2023.