OSB Looking for an Attorney Editor

Are you passionate about the Oxford comma? Are you a stickler for correct citation format? Can you clearly distinguish the holding of a case from mere dicta? Do you wince when you see that sign in the grocery store that says, “Express Line – 12 item or less”? Do you love to work quietly editing the writing of other lawyers?

If you answered yes to these questions, then you might be interested in the newest career opportunity at the Oregon State Bar. We are currently seeking an Attorney Editor to join the Legal Publications Department.

The Oregon State Bar (OSB) regulates the practice of law in Oregon and provides a variety of services to its members and the public. We are looking for someone to join our dedicated team and provide legal analysis, editing, research, and cite checking services to ensure the quality and legal accuracy of a library of over forty comprehensive legal reference books and complementary products.

The OSB is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Responsibilities include the following:

  • Edits chapters submitted by volunteer authors for legal substance, format, grammar, style, and readability.
  • Researches and analyzes cited statutes, cases, rules, and other legal authorities for accuracy.
  • Researches and analyzes new legislation to determine whether it affects submitted chapters.
  • Exercises independent legal judgment and analysis to write or rewrite portions of submitted chapters as needed to achieve clarity or legal accuracy.
  • Reorganizes chapter sections or text within sections as needed to achieve a logical flow of thought within the chapters.
  • Prepares chapters to return to authors for their final review.
  • Works with authors to address editing issues and to ensure that authors return final edits in a timely manner in keeping with the production schedule.
  • Reviews and incorporates authors’ final edits and any edits from the Editorial Review Board.
  • Monitors, documents, and reports to the Director of Legal Publications the progress of assigned chapters and books.
  • Assists the Legal Publications Administrative Assistant with the development of promotional brochure content by writing text summarizing topics covered in individual chapters.
  • Conducts original legal research as needed.
  • Serves as bar liaison to committees and sections as assigned.

Candidates may have any satisfactory equivalent combination of the following experience and training which ensures the ability to perform the work.

  • Graduation from an accredited law school. Membership in a state bar, preferably the Oregon State Bar.
  • Three years of editorial experience. Experience with legal publications preferred.
  • Experience with legal research, legal writing, editing, copyediting, and proofreading.
  • Experience with the Microsoft Office Suite in a Microsoft Windows environment with particular emphasis on Word, Excel, and Outlook. Ability to type 40 WPM with accuracy.
  • Experience using a variety of internet research tools as well as Westlaw.
  • Ability to analyze legal issues and concepts.
  • Ability to multitask, prioritize, and meet deadlines in a detail-oriented, fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to exercise professional demeanor and a high level of customer service for a potentially demanding customer base in a variety of situations.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment in keeping with the policies and objectives of the Legal Publications Department and the Oregon State Bar.
  • Ability to work independently and set priorities.
  • Superior written and excellent oral communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational, administrative, interpersonal, and conflict management skills.
  • Commitment to the concept of teamwork and cross-responsibility within a department.
  • Communication in person, in writing, by e-mail, and by telephone.
  • Ability to operate a computer for long periods of time.
  • Ability to manipulate data for program purposes and typing.
  • Ability to use standard office equipment and computer peripherals.
  • Ability to position self for purposes of filing.
  • Ability to perform detailed work requiring concentrated effort.
  • Ability to read written manuscripts and make edits on a computer.
  • Ability to remain in a stationary position and maintain focus for long periods of time.
  • Ability to travel, inside and outside Oregon, to meetings and seminars.

Salary range minimum starts at $5000  per month. The OSB offers excellent benefits including voluntary 6% participation in the PERS program.

Send resume with a cover letter to Director of Human Resources, Attention: LP, Oregon State Bar, P. O. Box 231935, Tigard, OR 97281. Fax to 503-598-6985 or e-mail to [email protected].

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