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Administrative Office of the Courts

Business Unit: 21600

Appellate Paralegal #00000077-21600, Full-time, At-Will, in Santa Fe, NM

# of Positions: 1

Opening Date: 12-18-2020 - Close Date: --

Job Pay Range: $19.616 - $31.876 per hour

Target Pay Range/Rate: $27.750 per hour

The New Mexico Supreme Court is accepting applications for a full-time, At-Will, Appellate Paralegal position #00000077-21600 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: Acting under the direction of a Supreme Court Justice coordinate and fulfill the administrative, technical and clerical requirements of the Judge’s office. Finalist(s) may be subject to criminal background checks.

● The Appellate Paralegal is responsible for administratively managing the appellate chambers and chamber functions that support the court.
● Maintains and monitors chambers docket and resource calendar, and docket memoranda of court action.
● Transcribes legal documents, oral arguments, and lower court hearings from tapes and/or handwritten materials.
● Prepares, edits, performs technical analysis, and proofreads appellate opinions, decisions, or dispositional orders of affirmance/summary.
● Reads the cases cited to ensure that they stand for the cited proposition and check the record cites to ensure the facts are accurately represent appellate opinions.
● Assures all case citations are correct in accordance with The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation.
● Performs legal research including case law, statutes, court rules, law journals, and historical documents and annotates case impacts and or negative subsequent history.
● Creates annotated bibliographies of primary source materials that address specific legal issues and related questions.
● Drafts and dockets legal documents (i.e., memoranda of the court’s actions, orders, and other documents required for the Justice’s or Judge’s review and approval).
● Prepares court files for oral arguments or conferences and circulates or files appellate opinions to comply with court procedures.
● Trains and mentors law clerks and paralegals on extensive citation rules, technical reviews, case information, and provide procedural supervision.
● Other duties as assigned.

The successful applicant should demonstrate knowledge of legal terminology, technical writing and editing; understanding appellate and memorandum opinions, and orders; legal and court writing styles; legal citation procedures and rules; math and statistics; utilization of pleadings, briefs, and case records; court rules, policies, and operations; court case management systems,; legal research, including electronic databases such as WestlawNext, Lexis, and New Mexico One Source of Law and other electronic legal databases; legal materials such as New Mexico Statutes Annotated (NMSA 1978), and New Mexico Rules Annotated (NMRA), law review articles, and legislative materials; utilizing reference works on legal citation/use and English writing style such as The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, Garner’s Dictionary of Legal Usage, The Gregg Reference Manual, and Black’s Law Dictionary; rules and filing procedures; hard copy calendaring and case file scanning; other court agencies and resources; emergency plans; organizational management; conflict resolution; forms of opinions and legal writing styles.

The following functions are representative, but not all-inclusive of the work environment and physical demands an employee may expect to encounter in performing tasks assigned to this job. Work is performed in an office or court setting. A valid driver's license and travel may be required. The assigned work schedule may include nights, weekends, holidays and overtime. The employee must regularly interact positively with co-workers, clients, the public, and judges and justices.

* This job description is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions performed

● Medical/Dental/Vision/Rx, Short and Long Term Disability Insurance Programs, employee assistance program (EAP) []
● State paid life insurance, supplemental and dependent life insurance
● Optional flexible spending accounts for medical, day-care, and travel expenses
● Paid Vacation, Sick and Personal Leave, up to eight (8) weeks
● Ten (10) paid holidays
● Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan
● Lifetime Defined Benefits Retirement Plan []
● Flexible work schedules and alternative work locations*
● Free health care, Rx, lab work at facility (Stay Well Health Center) in Santa Fe, NM
● Bilingual compensation*
● Training and career development opportunities
● Higher education opportunities and educational leave
● May qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF)
● May receive overtime holiday or shift differential pay*
● May receive physical fitness leave*

*these benefits vary by job classification or need*


  • A Paralegal shall have several qualification options; however, all shall be in accordance with the New Mexico Supreme Court Rules Governing Paralegal Services, Paralegal qualifications, Rule 20-115 NMRA (January 30, 2014). “A paralegal shall meet one or more of the following educational, training or work experience qualifications:
  • A. graduation from a paralegal program that is:
  • (1) approved by the American Bar Association;
  • (2) an associate degree program;
  • (3) a post-baccalaureate certificate program in paralegal studies; or
  • (4) a bachelor’s degree program;
  • B. graduation from a post-secondary legal assistant program which consists of a minimum of sixty (60) semester hours or equivalent, as defined by the American Bar Association guidelines for the Approval of Paralegal Education Programs, of which at least eighteen (18) semester hours or equivalent are general education courses and eighteen (18) semester hours or equivalent are legal specialty courses;
  • C. a Bachelor’s degree in any field plus two (2) years’ of substantive law-related experience under the supervision of a licensed attorney. Successful completion of at least fifteen (15) semester hours of substantive paralegal courses may be substituted for one year of law-related experience;
  • D. graduation from an accredited law school and not disbarred or suspended from the practice of law by the State of New Mexico or any other jurisdiction;
  • E. certification by the National Association of Legal Assistants, Incorporated, Federation of Paralegal Associates, Incorporated or other equivalent national or state competency examination plus at least one (1) year of substantive law-related experience under the supervision of a licensed attorney; or
  • F. a high school diploma or equivalent plus seven (7) years’ of substantive law-related experience under the supervision of a licensed attorney.”
TO APPLY: Please submit a New Mexico Judicial Branch Application for Employment, a Resume, cover letter, and proof of education to Agnes Szuber-Wozniak:

Application forms:
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Resume Supplemental Forms:
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New Mexico Supreme Court
Attn: Agnes Szuber-Wozniak
237 Don Gaspar, Room 30
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
phone# 505-827-4201 / fax# 505-827-4837