NATURE OF WORK
The Judicial Advisor is the advisor to the Seminole Trial Court judicial staff, making recommendations on law and procedure to their assigned judge. The Judicial Advisor must follow all policies and procedures of the Seminole Tribal Court and is bound by the ethical standards established by the Seminole Tribal Court. This position reports to the Chief Judge of the Seminole Trial Court and is an exempt position.
The listed duties are only illustrative and are not intended to describe every function that may be performed by this position. The omission of specific statements does not preclude management from assigning specific duties not listed, if such duties are a logical assignment to the position.
- Provides proactive legal assistance on various legal issues.
- Prepares memoranda, short orders, drafts, briefs and opinions.
- Ensures that all legal documents are effectively drafted, reviewed and interpreted.
- Completes reports for recommendations in pending cases.
- Attends trials and other court proceedings in order to advise the presiding Judge as needed on procedural, evidentiary, and other legal issues.
- Attends training in court procedures and case management systems, as requested. May attend and participate in court meetings and other activities and events as requested.
- Adheres to the Seminole Tribe of Florida laws, its standards of conduct for judicial employees, and departmental policies and procedures of the Seminole Tribal Court System.
- Performs additional related duties as requested.
KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES AND SKILL
- Knowledge in the Seminole Tribe of Florida, its history, culture and organization.
- Knowledge and understanding of Federal Indian law.
- Working knowledge of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Evidence.
- Ability to prioritize and adjust to meet court system objectives.
- Ability to function independently as well as cooperatively in a team setting.
- Ability to discern legal issues, define problems, collect data, establish facts, and develop timely solutions.
- Ability to interpret and follow legal procedures and a variety of instruction furnished in written and oral form.
- Ability to think and write in clear and logical terms.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
- Ability to serve the STOF tribal community with honesty and integrity.
- Ability to travel to all STOF reservations.
The applicant must be a law school graduate at the time of appointment and must have a minimum of 7 years legal work experience post law graduation. Experience on law review, moot court and/or publication of noteworthy article and high academic standing is preferred. Florida bar membership is beneficial, but not a requirement. Must have experience in trial court advocacy, with a tribal court preferably. Experience as a Tribal Court judge preferred. Must possess excellent research, writing and communication skills. Must be proficient in Microsoft software packages and add-ins. Attention to detail, strong organizational and time management skills. Must be able to travel to all STOF Reservations and work flexible hours including evenings, weekends and holidays.