This is the first full week of 2014, and the Fifth Circuit is already prepping to pump some new blood into its workforce.
If you have at least a high school education, or you're plain curious about what working for the Fifth Circuit might be like, read on!
Fifth Circuit Seeks 'Generalist' and Attorney
In a vacancy announcement posted on January 3, the Fifth Circuit revealed that it has at least one position open for a "Generalist."
While "generalist" might sound like a great name for a blog with no particular focus, it's actually a clerical position within the Fifth Circuit with focus on databasing cases. The position only requires a high school diploma and a decent amount of clerical experience, so this might be a reasonable good job for any NOLA-area 20-somethings who are interested in the law.
Plus, Forbes seems to think that generalists are pretty much our future rulers.
There's also an opening for a "Supervising Staff Attorney," who serves as a #2 to the Senior Staff Attorney in the Court's New Orleans office. The pay is pretty generous ($113,735 - $147,887), but the announcement does request that applicants have "[c]ommitment to the betterment of judicial administration in times of fiscal restraint."
Given the government shutdown in 2013, this commitment isn't hypothetical.
Benefits and Equal Opportunity
The Fifth Circuit, like all the federal courts, is an equal opportunity employer, however, given the Fifth Circuit's stances on employment discrimination, that means:
- Being passed over for being old is OK, so long as age wasn't the only reason
- Just like with private employers, it's probably illegal to be canned for lactating at work.
- You may get your handicap spot if you have a bum knee.
So assuming you're a spry and perky applicant who doesn't care too much about parking, you should be good to go.
Although the Fifth Circuit doesn't give civil service protections for these positions, either position offers:
- 13 days paid sick leave
- 13 days paid vacation, plus 10 paid federal holidays (including Mardi Gras!)
- Health, vision, and dental insurance
- Federal retirement and Thrift Savings Plan
Sounds like a pretty cushy gig if you can land either, and you get to be close to the action of the Fifth Circuit. And from what's coming, this year looks like an exciting one to be on the court's team.
- Vacancies (United States Court of Appeals For the Fifth Circuit)
- Texas Sues EEOC to Keep Felons Out of Jobs (FindLaw's U.S. 5th Circuit Blog)
- Fifth Circuit Federal Clerkship Application Period Approaching (FindLaw's U.S. 5th Circuit Blogs)
- Shon Hopwood: Felon, SCOTUS Practitioner and D.C. Circuit Clerk (FindLaw's D.C. Circuit Blog)