ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER ANNOUNCEMENT DATE
REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES QUALIFICATIONS
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON
LAW CLERK TO
U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE TANA LIN
December 1, 2023
Open until filled; interviews anticipated to occur beginning in March 2024.
The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington is seeking qualified candidates from all backgrounds for the position of Career Law Clerk or Term Law Clerk for United States District Judge Tana Lin in Seattle, Washington. Please indicate in your letter of interest if you want to be considered for a term clerkship, career clerkship, or both. The term clerkship will
be for a minimum one-year term but may be extended by mutual agreement. Judge Lin prefers term clerks willing to serve for 18 to 24 months but this is not a mandatory requirement. The start date for this position is anticipated to be in or around October 2024.
All law clerks work closely with Judge Lin on civil and criminal litigation filed in District Court. Law clerks conduct research and prepare drafts of opinions and orders. Law clerks will be involved in courtroom proceedings, help administer a judicial extern program, and may have the opportunity to work on various long-term projects. Law Clerks are also responsible for some administrative duties in chambers. A Career Law Clerk may take on additional administrative responsibilities in chambers, generally assist in running chambers, and provide oversight for term law clerks and externs.
Candidates must be law school graduates from an accredited law school; be organized and work well independently; possess excellent research and writing skills; be experienced with Word, Westlaw, Lexis, and related software; and must have a demonstrated commitment to diversity and an inclusive work environment. Candidates for the Term Law Clerk position must have at least one year of federal clerkship experience or two years of litigation experience. Candidates for the Career Law Clerk position must have at least two years prior federal judicial clerkship experience or three years of litigation experience.
Judiciary Salary Plan (JSP) Grade 11 – 14, depending on experience, qualifications, and bar membership.
Salary range: $76,860 to $129,451 annually, full-time
The U.S. District Court provides a generous benefits package, competitive salary, ORCA transit pass and a dedication to work/life balance, including flexible schedules and telework opportunities. All law clerks are eligible for health and life insurance benefits, long term care options, annual and sick leave accrual, and eleven paid holidays per year. Judiciary employees are not covered by the Office of Personnel Management’s civil service classification system or regulations. For additional information on employment with the federal courts, please visit www.uscourts.gov.