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Judge Unit Paralegal - Crow Wing County

The Ninth Judicial District is seeking qualified applicants for a Judge Unit Paralegal for the Honorable Matthew Mallie who is chambered in Crow Wing County, Brainerd, Minnesota. This is professional legal support work provided to a district court judge.

Work includes assistance with legal research and other related clerical/administrative work. Work also involves assistance with preparation of memoranda, opinions, or orders for judges or court officials concerning the cases before them. Work is performed under general supervision of a judge and is reviewed through conferences and reports for accuracy, completeness, quality and adherence to guidelines. 
Example of Duties
(Any one position may not include all of the duties listed, nor do the examples cover all the duties which may be performed.)
  • Conducts legal research.
  • Draft legal documents, orders, dispositions, and other documents, reports, and correspondence for the judge.
  • Receives, screens, and routes incoming telephone calls and callers, screens mail; schedules matters for hearing and maintains the judge's personal calendar.
  • May perform various courtroom duties including calling the calendar; swearing in jury panels and witness; taking court minutes; and assisting in various court proceedings such as arraignments, motions, hearings, pre-trial conferences and trials.
  • Perform a variety of confidential, technical, and general clerical tasks, and administrative work for the judge or referee; transcribes dictation.
  • May prepare outlines and orders reflecting pertinent court proceedings; may preform a variety of technical clerical activities in court as required by the judge or referee.
Typical Qualifications
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Certification as a paralegal or possession of an Associate's Degree from an accredited college or university in law, criminal justice, court administration, or a related field. Experience in a legal setting is required. 
  • Certification as a paralegal through an approved ABA program or through the PACE or CLA/CP certification exams is required in lieu of an Associates Degree.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Knowledge of rules of court, opinions, related case law, state statutes, legal guidelines, and policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of modern office practices and procedures including maintaining computerized databases and other office programs.
  • Ability to apply legal guidelines and specialized knowledge to individual cases and issues.
  • Ability to maintain financial, statistical, and other records and prepare reports.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with a diverse group of people.
  • Ability to interpret, explain, and apply laws, rules, policies, and procedures.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, attorneys, representatives of other agencies, the public, and occasionally angry and volatile individuals.
  • Ability to travel occasionally to conduct investigations and attend trials, as necessary.
  • Skill in the operation of a personal computer.
Supplemental Information
Work is performed primarily in an office setting.

Please apply for this position online by clicking the Apply link near the top of this page. (For instructions on creating and submitting your online application, click on the How to Apply link in the left-hand menu at the top of this page). 

Court employees applying for this position must have successfully passed their original six-month probationary period and served six months in their current position prior to applying for this position. Current judicial branch employees must be in good standing to apply for this position. 

Current State Employees (non-Judicial Branch): Please note that employment provisions (including but not limited to seniority and leave accrual) vary between the three branches of government. If you are considering a transfer to another branch of state government, you are highly encouraged to explore these differences. We recommend that you contact HR for the department where you currently work as well as the HR department for the posted position.
Salary may be granted up to the mid-point of the pay range, based on qualifications. A full State of Minnesota benefit package is included.

To ensure the health and safety of all judicial officials and employees, the Minnesota Judicial Branch follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) to prevent COVID-19 exposure and infection in the workplace. For the most recent guidelines, please visit the CDC website at Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) | CDC.
It is the policy of the Minnesota Judicial Branch that all decisions regarding recruitment, hiring, promotions, and other terms and conditions of employment be made without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, familial status, membership or activity in a local commission, disability, sexual orientation, or age. The Ninth Judicial District is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion.

It is the policy of the Minnesota Judicial Branch that all decisions regarding employment are made without discrimination on the basis of disability. Please let us know if you need a reasonable accommodation for a disability to participate in the employee selection process or if you have any questions regarding this position by contacting Ninth Judicial District Human Resources at the information below.

For questions, please contact Ninth Judicial District Human Resources at or by calling 218-759-4370