The Supreme Court of New Mexico is seeking applicants to serve as a reference attorney in the Supreme Court Law Library, which is a full-time, at-will position. The target pay range is $24.615 per hour to $34.153 per hour. The position is located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in the historic Supreme Court Building. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.
SUMMARY OF THE POSITION
Under general direction and review by the State Law Librarian, a law library reference attorney performs legal research and analysis, which may include written work product, upon request of judges and court staff as well as provide administrative assistance, customer service, technical support, and training to the public and judicial patrons of the Supreme Court Law Library.
GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES
The successful candidate will be a person of high ethical standards, with strong legal research and writing skills, who will bring a service-first orientation to the New Mexico Supreme Court Law Library. Our law library reference attorneys will be thorough and responsive to requests for legal research assistance from judges and court staff throughout New Mexico. The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to take initiative and exercise independent judgment when appropriate, to work in a collaborative, courteous, diplomatic, and organized manner, and to provide prompt and courteous service to all library patrons who call or visit the Supreme Court Law Library. Essential characteristics include broad knowledge of United States and New Mexico law, demonstrated skill in legal research and analysis, and effective communication skills in verbal and written formats. The ability to maintain confidentiality and discretion is imperative, as is the ability to provide research assistance and legal information to the public without giving legal advice. The ability to respond to multiple demands under short deadlines in a thorough and professional manner is a must for the court-focused service that we envision for the law library’s reference attorneys.
The Law Library Reference Attorney is formally classified under the Attorney-Assistant job description, which can be accessed using the link below. The position also may be required to perform many of the duties set forth in the Law Librarian 2 job description.
To Apply: Interested applicants should submit a Letter of Interest, Resume, Writing Sample, and New Mexico Judicial Branch Application for Employment to:
Agnes Szuber Wozniak
Human Resources Administrator Senior
NM Supreme Court
237 Don Gaspar, Room 30
Santa Fe, NM 87501
The Law Library Reference Attorney is formally classified under the Attorney-Assistant job description, which can be accessed using the link below. The position also may be required to perform many of the duties set forth in the Law Librarian 2 job description. The New Mexico Judicial Branch Application for Employment form can also be accessed using the following link:
Juris Doctor from an American Bar Association accredited law school and a license to practice law in New Mexico. Licensed attorneys from other jurisdictions may satisfy the licensure requirement by successfully applying for a limited law license before the commencement of employment. Master’s Degree in Library/Information Science from an American Library Association accredited college or university is desirable.
One (1) year of experience in the practice of law or as a law clerk is required. Experience as a librarian is highly desirable.
Additional Salary Information: Target Pay: $24.615/hr to $34.153/hr
BENEFITS: PERA Retirement, Vacation & Sick Leave, Holidays, Medical, Dental, Vision, Basic Life/Disability, Dependent Life, Short Term & Long Term Disability, Domestic Partner Benefits, Flex NM, Deferred Comp, Supplemental Life
About Supreme Court of New Mexico
The New Mexico Supreme Court consists of five Justices, who serve eight-year terms. The extensive responsibilities of the Justices reflect their collective role as the highest court, and court of last resort, in the state of New Mexico with the duty to oversee the entire New Mexico Judiciary. The Supreme Court and the Supreme Court Law Library are located in the historic Supreme Court building in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico, alongside the Santa Fe River just north of the State Capitol. The mission of the Library is to provide and produce legal information for the judicial, legislative and executive branches of state government, the legal community and the public at large so they may have equal access to the law, effectively address the courts, make laws and write regulations, better understand the legal system and conduct their affairs in accordance with principles of law. The Library maintains a comprehensive legal research collection with a focus on providing its patrons with the legal research materials and assistance they need. The Library is open to any individual in the legal community or public at large seeking legal information or knowledge.