Assists one or more judges of the Court of Appeals by researching issues, and preparing memoranda or drafting proposed opinions. Reviews and edits final opinions prior to filing. Attends oral arguments and provides input.
Assists with the preparation of special concurrences or dissents.
Provides support for senior judges assigned to the Court of Appeals as directed by the Chief Judge.
Examines filings for legal sufficiency, jurisdiction, and proper form as required by statutes, rules, regulations, and other legal precedents.
Drafts opinion summaries. Assists in training new law clerks and assist in other projects as identified by the court.
Graduation from an ABA accredited law school with strong academic credentials; admission to practice law in Iowa; minimum of two years post-graduation legal experience.
All applicants must complete and submit the "Iowa Judicial Branch Application for Employment", along with a cover letter and resume to:
Iowa Court of Appeals Attn: Molly Rawls Judicial Branch Building 1111 E. Court Ave. Des Moines, IA 50319
Applications may be sent electronically to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications are available on the Judicial Branch website at: http://www.iowacourts.gov/Administration/Career_Opportunities/
The Iowa Court of Appeals is an intermediate appellate court. It reviews appeals from trial court decisions that have been transferred to the court of appeals by the supreme court. A decision of the Iowa Court of Appeals is final unless reviewed by the Iowa Supreme Court on grant of further review. Some opinions of the Iowa Court of Appeals are published and become precedent for subsequent cases. ...The majority of appeals filed in Iowa are decided by the Court of Appeals.
As an appellate court, the Iowa Court of Appeals does not preside over trials. The court of appeals proceedings do not involve witnesses, juries, new evidence, or court reporters. Instead, the court reviews the written record of the trial court to determine whether any significant legal errors occurred.