Staff Attorney, Court of Appeals, Division 1


JOB #2018-022-CA4

Seattle, Washington

Staff attorneys assist the court in resolving all types of motions and cases before the court and in handling court administrative matters as requested. Typical duties include reviewing briefs and trial court record, drafting prehearing memoranda, opinions, rulings, and orders. Knowledge and experience handling personal restraint petitions is highly desirable.

Minimum Qualifications
Graduation from an accredited law school; AND a member in good standing in the Washington State Bar Association; AND four years’ experience in public or private practice, an appellate court, or judicially related system. Appellate experience is highly desirable.

Salary and Benefits
 $70,620 – $92,700 DOQ annually (Range 69)
 Medical/Dental, Life Insurance and Long Term Disability Insurance programs
 Paid Vacation and Sick Leave
 State Retirement Plan

A complete description of the position can be found at, click on Current Openings/Washington Courts.

Application Information
Submit the following by postal service or email to the Administrative Office of the Courts:
 cover letter
 résumé
 three professional references
 one writing sample of no more than 10 pages
 completed judicial branch application (found here)

Administrative Office of the Courts
Attention: Human Resources
P.O. Box 41170
Olympia, WA 98504-1170
Fax: 360-586-4409
Email: (preferred)

No applications will be accepted by the Court of Appeals. Please submit all applications as indicated above.

CLOSING DATE: This position is open until filled. The Court of Appeals will review applications as they are received and make an appointment accordingly. The Court of Appeals is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, pregnancy, race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, creed, physical, mental or sensory disability (actual or perceived), use of a service animal, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran or military status, age, HIV or Hepatitis C status, or any other basis protected by federal or state law. Persons of disability needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this announcement in an alternative format, please contact Colleen Clark, AOC Human Resource Office, at (360) 704-4143 or fax (360) 586-4409, or via email to

Heather LigtenbergStaff Attorney, Court of Appeals, Division 1