Managing Law Clerk Supervisor

Washington, D.C.

Job Summary

Skadden is seeking a Managing Law Clerk Supervisor to join our Managing Law Clerk team in the Washington, D.C. Office. As a member of Skadden's professional staff, the Managing Law Clerk Supervisor will play an integral role in helping the firm provide high-quality service to clients.

The Managing Law Clerk Supervisor oversees the management of the Managing Law Clerk department for the Washington, DC office ("DCO").  Coordinates and prioritizes department assignments to ensure the timely completion of department functions. Works with Office Administrator and department heads on DCO projects.

Managing Law Clerk:

  • Supervises and handles federal, state, and local court docketing and calendaring of case events into databases.
  • Oversees the preparation and distribution of litigation calendars.
  • Produces a daily report of all new cases filed in federal courts in the surrounding jurisdictions. Forwards relevant information to the appropriate attorney regarding cases in which the firm may have an interest.
  • Assists with maintaining court databases (e.g., Attorney Court, ECF, sample pleadings).
  • Supervises electronic filings.
  • Handles e-filing of case documents and/or hand-delivery of filings to state and federal courts and governmental agencies in surrounding jurisdictions.
  • Reviews litigation documents for proper form for service and filing in state or federal courts and provides advice to attorneys and others as necessary.
  • Provides and updates local court rules and forms, as available.
  • Coordinates service of process (process servers, court reports, deposition locations, service of subpoena, complaints, etc.).

Ensures DCO Managing Law Clerk team provides timely and accurate support, including the following tasks:

  • Obtains copies of decisions/orders rendered by court, both in court and on-line through state and federal research programs.
  • Reviews documents to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local rules.
  • Monitors docket sheets of all active litigation matters and retrieves case dockets and documents upon request.
  • Searches for and obtains the case docket sheets from the courts through the use of various court databases.
  • Reviews court and government websites for additional information on filing procedures, judges, etc.
  • Performs case research using internet resources (e.g., Pacer, Courlink, Westlaw).
  • Assists attorneys with court admissions, including maintaining the DCO attorneys’ court admissions information database.
  • Processes vendor invoices and maintains department files.

Supervisory Responsibilities: 

  • Ensures current knowledge of firm policies and practices for professional staff, current knowledge of industry trends, and continued professional development for professional staff.
  • Ensures appropriate staffing levels for assigned department(s). Interviews and selects candidates and conducts training for assigned professional staff on industry-specific and department processes.
  • Recommends and implements changes and improvements in methods and procedures to higher level management.
  • Coordinates and oversees department projects, day-to-day operations and long-range plans.
  • Assists with developing and monitoring the department budgets.
  • Monitors time, attendance, overtime and expense reports to ensure accuracy and compliance with firm policies.
  • Recommends and participates in disciplinary procedures in collaboration with the department Manager and Human Resources.
  • Effectively utilizes the firm's performance management process to communicate performance expectations, monitor performance, coach employees, and manage unsatisfactory performance.
  • Effectively resolves work-related problems and/or conflicts that arise within the assigned departments) and between departments.
  • Performs frequent physical exertion including:  pushing, pulling, sitting, repetitive use of both hands, lifting and carrying up to 20 pounds.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • Current knowledge of industry best practices, trends and techniques.
  • Knowledge of relevant firm computer software programs (e.g., Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint) with the ability to learn additional software (e.g., Pacer, DataCase, Courtlink, Westlaw, Concordance).
  • Ability to learn and maintain databases (e.g., ProLaw, Attorney Court, ECF).
  • Working knowledge of research methodology via the Internet and case calendaring and docketing practices.
  • Working knowledge of or ability to learn federal and state rules of practice and procedure as well as electronic filing requirements.
  • Knowledge and implementation of the annual budget process.
  • Excellent analytical, troubleshooting, organizational, and planning skills.
  • Ability to effectively supervise others and employ coaching and problem-solving techniques.
  • Flexibility to travel and adjust hours and work the hours necessary to meet operating and business needs.


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Minimum of three years of directly related experience and two years of supervisory or leadership experience.
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