Assistant Reporter - Supreme Court of Ohio (2 Positions)

  • 18 Aug 2020 2:37 PM
    Message # 9173266
    Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    The Supreme Court of Ohio is seeking two (2) experienced legal professionals to fill the positions of Assistant Reporter. The Assistant Reporter edits and proofreads Supreme Court opinions in preparation for release; prepares and posts case announcements and other documents to the Court’s website; proofreads galleys and advance sheets prior to print publication.

    The following duties are normal for this position.  An Assistant Reporter may be assigned one or more of the specific duties depending upon the needs of the office and the Assistant Reporter’s skills and interests.

    • Edits Supreme Court draft opinions for approval of authoring Justice by reviewing opinion to verify facts, confirm validity of legal principles, ensure correct use of legal terminology, ensure logical and orderly flow of ideas, conform opinion to Court style, remove ambiguous or misleading material, and check for accuracy of legal citations, citation form, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.  Reviews suggested revisions with justices’ staffs and master commissioners.
    • Prepares headnotes for Supreme Court opinions.
    • After publication of Supreme Court opinions, proofreads galleys of opinions and proofreads Ohio Official Reports advance sheets to correct errors before final publication in bound volume.
    • Drafts and proofreads case announcements and administrative actions.
    • Posts case announcements and Supreme Court, court of appeals, and Court of Claims opinions to the Court’s website.
    • Responds to public inquiries about court cases and website.
    • Conducts legal and special research.
    • Assists Reporter of Decisions and other Reporter’s Office staff.
    • Performs other duties as assigned.
    • Regular, reliable, and punctual attendance is required.


    • Requires an active law license in good standing in any jurisdiction.  An Assistant Reporter shall at all times during employment with the Supreme Court be an attorney properly admitted to the practice of law and be in good standing with the appropriate admitting authority of any state or territory of the United States.
    • Requires a minimum of ten years as a licensed attorney.  A master's degree or two years of graduate study in English, journalism, or related field may be substituted for up to two years of the required experience as a licensed attorney.
    • Requires a minimum of five years of professional, legal, or technical work demonstrating superior skills in oral and written communication.
    • Requires strong writing skills and the ability to construct complete and concise sentences using proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
    • Requires the ability to read, write, speak, and understand English fluently, and to use technical and legal language.
    • Requires substantial skills in legal research, legal writing, editing, and proofreading.
    • Requires proficiency with Microsoft Office products (e.g., word processing, e-mail) and the Internet and Westlaw or Lexis and other legal-research resources.
    • Requires the ability to work independently with minimal direct supervision.
    • Requires the ability to effectively interact and communicate with supervisor, co-workers, justices, judges, other public officials and employees, attorneys, Court personnel, and the public.

    Special Requirements:

    An Assistant Reporter is regularly exposed to sensitive information that must be kept strictly confidential.  

    At-Will Employment:

    The Supreme Court of Ohio is an at-will employer that seeks to attract, employ, and retain highly skilled and motivated individuals, attempts to maintain staff continuity for the efficiency of its operation, and desires to foster and maintain an ethical, professional, and impartial work environment. Pursuant to Adm. P. 4 (At-Will Employment), no person shall be offered or denied a position of employment with the Court, and no employee shall have the employee's employment terminated based upon political party affiliation, political activity permitted under Adm. P. 17 (Employee Code of Ethics), or other partisan considerations. Further, no employee shall have the employee's employment terminated with or without cause unless upon the concurrence of a majority of the Court.

    Major Worker Characteristics: 

    The Court seeks to recruit and retain talented individuals with a commitment to public service.

    The starting salary is $93,267.20 for a candidate admitted for at least 10 years.

    This is an exempt unclassified position that reports to the Reporter of Decisions.  The normal work hours are 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., however, additional hours may be necessary dependent on volume of work and deadlines.

    The Supreme Court of Ohio offers a generous compensation package which includes salary review annually; health, vision, dental, and life insurance; 14% employer contribution to the state retirement plan (OPERS); tuition reimbursement; and paid vacation, personal and sick time earned in the first month of employment.

    Application Process:

    To be considered for this opening, candidates must apply online at and submit all of the following. Formal consideration of interested applicants responding to this announcement will begin immediately.

    1. Complete application online 
    2. Complete the supplemental questions online 
    3. Upload a resume or CV 
    4. Upload a cover letter to include your salary requirements
    5. Upload the names and contact information for three professional references

    A writing sample may be requested at a later stage.

    Only completed applications will be considered.

    In response to your application, this system will send you a confirmation email. We will contact you if you are selected for an interview. Please do not duplicate your application and please, no phone inquiries.

    Out of state applicants may apply; however, The Supreme Court of Ohio does not reimburse travel or relocation expenses.

    The Supreme Court of Ohio is an equal employment opportunity employer that supports an alcohol and drug free, and a weapons and violence free, work environment.

    Background Check Information

    The final candidate selected for the position will be required to undergo a criminal background check.  Criminal convictions do not necessarily preclude an applicant from consideration for a position.  An individual assessment of an applicant’s prior criminal convictions will be made before excluding an applicant from consideration.

    Apply Online

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