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Docket Clerk

Job ID: 6060

Updated: Oct 7, 2021

Location: New York, NY, United States

Category: Risk Management


About Kirkland & Ellis

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is a preeminent, full-service law firm with offices around the world and a staff as diverse as the practice areas we support. Our clients range from Fortune 100 companies to medium and small corporations, financial institutions, and private equity firms.  Known for our commitment to excellence, Kirkland strives to provide superior service to our clients as well as our fellow employees. From Information Technology to Human Resources, Paralegal Services to Business Development, Kirkland offers non-attorney professionals challenging careers in a variety of functional areas. Whether starting or growing your career, Kirkland can offer a performance-driven culture filled with bright and innovative teams of co-workers.

Essential Job Functions

The Docket Clerk will be responsible for executing both basic and complex calendaring workflow requests generated through the Litigation Department’s CompuLaw system for federal and state court matters and regulatory agencies.  You will work closely with and provide oversight to the Firm’s regional offices to ensure compliance with all applicable rules and deadlines.  In addition, the Docket Clerk will be responsible with assisting with case filings and court-related services as needed.

The ideal candidate will possess strong service orientation, excellent oral and written communication skills, organizational skills, intellectual curiosity, knowledge of federal and local court rules and litigation practices, and be pro-active in improving business processes to use Firm resources efficiently. 

  • Responsible for maintaining the Firm’s master litigation calendar, including setting up notification processes and individual attorney calendars. Prepare additional calendar reports upon request;
  • Calculate deadlines based upon applicable rules and statutes;
  • Conduct precedent searches and assist in the maintenance of the precedent database;
  • Monitor cases and conduct research on litigants, as well as, coordinate with outside vendors to obtain publicly filed documents;
  • Serve and file court papers, electronically and manually;
  • Provide direction to and collaborate with other members of the Managing Attorney’s Office to maintain the firm’s litigation docket and calendar;
  • Respond to case teams regarding deadline-related questions and concerns including delivering rule interpretation and analysis;
  • Prepare customized docket reports as needed;
  • Work closely with the Managing Attorney Clerks to establish and maintain a Firm-wide calendar;
  • Coordinate and if necessary, perform court services functions (i.e., retrieving court documents, reviewing and filing documents and coordinating process servers);
  • Manage all case-specific information in responsible jurisdictions and assist regional offices as necessary;
  • Monitor case progress in assigned courts, obtain decisions and orders, obtain docket updates and communicate case status change to responsible attorney(s);
  • Coordinate work projects with other members of the Managing Attorney’s Office and regional offices. (Docket audit, outstanding motion lists, appeal lists, business development lists, etc.;
  • Provide general office support and assistance;
  • Other duties as may be assigned.

Qualifications & Requirements


  • Proficient in industry-standard calendaring tools such as MA3000, Court Alert, or CompuLaw;
  • Proficiency in utilizing online court databases including PACER, Bloomberg and Courtlink;
  • Strong working knowledge of local, state and federal court rules, procedures and requirements and an understanding of the environment and enthusiasm for the challenges of providing complex services in a law firm setting;
  • Meticulous attention to detail;
  • Knowledge and competence in electronic filing in state and federal courts and web-based research skills;
  • Working knowledge of CPLR and FRCP;
  • Excellent organizational, communication, analytical, critical thinking skills and attention to detail;
  • Exhibit a high level of customer service orientation;
  • General familiarity with best practices regarding docketing, calendaring and record keeping as they relate to loss prevention issues in the legal environment;
  • Possess professional demeanor with excellent interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills and the ability to work cohesively and constructively with all levels of firm personnel;
  • Must be willing and able to work overtime as needed;
  • Experience performing calendaring responsibilities preferred.

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