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The United States District Court for the District of Oregon is a federal trial court within the Judicial Branch of the federal government. The District's geographic jurisdiction covers an area in excess of 96,000 square miles and encompasses the state of Oregon.
The District Court consists of six district judgeships, three senior district judges, six magistrate judges, four recalled magistrate judges, one part-time magistrate judge, the Office of the Clerk of Court, the U.S. Probation Office, the U.S. Pretrial Services Office, and the Federal Public Defender's Office. The headquarters for the Court are located in Portland with additional staffed offices in Eugene and Medford.
The Clerk's Office, under the direction of the Clerk of Court, serves as the primary administrative office for the District and employs a staff of approximately 66 deputy clerks. The Clerk's Office is responsible for a wide variety of administrative functions including case administration, courtroom and juror services, record management, appeals processing, human resources and development, budgetary and financial operations, space and facilities management, information and audio-visual technology, property management, and procurement.
The Probation Office has a total staff of 67 employees, including probation officers, administrative staff, and clerical support positions. The mission of the U.S. Probation Office for the District of Oregon is to promote justice, reduce risk to the community, and provide opportunities for positive change. This mission provides a roadmap for work with clients, the Court, and partners in the community. The Probation Office has employees in the following cities: Portland, Bend, Medford, Salem, and Eugene.
The Pretrial Services Office has a total staff of 20 employees, including pretrial services officers, administrative staff, and clerical support positions. The U.S. Pretrial Services system carries out probation and pretrial services functions in the district court. Through its officers and other employees, the system works to make the criminal justice process effective and the public safe. The Pretrial Services Office has employees in Portland, Eugene, and Medford.
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Pay is only part of the total compensation package you will receive while working for the federal Judiciary. We offer employees a diverse group of benefit programs and family friendly flexibilities to meet the needs of you and your family.
The Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan offers employees the option to participate in these types of health insurance plans: a Fee-For-Service Plan, Health Maintenance Plan, Consumer Driven Plan or High Deductible Plan. Participation is voluntary. New employees have 60 days from commencement of employment to enroll. Health insurance coverage is effective at the beginning of the following pay period the employee submits his or her election form. The Government shares the cost of the total premium up to 75% regardless of the plan the employee selects. Also, employees are able to participate in the Premium Conversion program which allows for payment of health premiums on a pre-tax basis.
The Federal Employees Dental/Vision Insurance Program is available to an employee and eligible family members on an enrollee-pay-all basis. This program allows dental and vision insurance to be purchased on a group basis, which means competitive premiums and no pre-existing condition limitations. Premiums for enrollees are deducted on a pre-tax basis.
This account consists of the Health Care Reimbursement Account and Dependent Care Reimbursement Account.
The Health Care Reimbursement Account is used to set aside pre-taxed money in order to reimburse costs that are not covered by the medical, dental, or optical portion of the employee's health insurance.
The Dependent Care Reimbursement Account is used to set aside pre-tax dollars to pay for eligible expenses such as a daycare provider for your children or other IRS-recognized dependents while you (and your spouse if applicable) work or attend school full-time.
The number of days of accrued annual leave per year for full-time employees are as follows:
Years of Service
Accrued Annual Leave
Less Than 3 Years
4 Hours Per Pay Period (13 Days Per Year)
3 - 15 Year
6 Hours Per Pay Period (20 Days Per Year)
8 Hours Per Pay Period (26 Days Per Year)
Every full-time employee receives 4 hours of accrued paid sick leave per pay period regardless of the number of years they have served with the U.S. District Court.
This program assists employees with the cost of commuting to and from work. Employees are able to pay for certain parking expenses incurred using pre-taxed money. Employees may set up a Parking Reimbursement Account.
The Employee Transit Subsidy Program encourages the use of public transportation for commuting to and from work. The intent of the Program is to offer a benefit to employees who use public transportation as their primary means of transportation to and from work. The Program allows eligible employees to receive monthly mass transit passes, valued at an amount not to exceed the maximum monthly tax-free amount allowed by the IRS, for commuting to and from their permanent duty stations. This program is subject to local court funding and is not a nationally funded program.
All new employees are automatically enrolled in the Basic Option of the Federal Employees Life Insurance Program unless the employee opts to waive insurance entitlement. If an employee waives their insurance entitlement and later decides to participate in the plan, the employee must wait until an Open Enrollment period or obtain a physical from a certified physician before becoming eligible for enrollment. The life insurance plan also offers employees the option to purchase additional coverage. The Government pays one third of the cost of the employee's Basic term life insurance.
Eligible employees participate in the Federal Employees Retirement System. This program is comprised of three components: Social Security, a Basic Benefit, and the Thrift Savings Plan. The Basic Benefit and Social Security parts of FERS require an employee hired after January 1, 2014, to pay their share each pay period: 4.4% (4.9% for Law Enforcement Officers) of gross pay to the Basic Benefit Plan and 6.2% to Social Security. The third component of the FERS program is dedicated to the Thrift Savings Plan.
The Thrift Savings Plan is similar to a 401(k) plan in that it allows employees to participate in a defined contribution retirement savings and investment plan. Eligible employees may enroll in the Thrift Savings Plan immediately upon employment the U.S. Courts in the District of Oregon. Employee contributions are matched by the Government up to 5% of base pay.
Each year the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon observes a minimum of 10 paid holidays. These holidays are:
There are a few other programs available to employees in addition to the programs listed above. Employees enter these other programs as private consumers. These benefits include:
Congratulations for being selected as a Law Clerk to a Federal Judge. To work for a Federal Judge is a prestigious honor that only a select few individuals have an opportunity to experience. We are confident that this experience will prove both challenging and rewarding while affording you the opportunity to learn a unique perspective of how the federal judicial system operates. The United States District Court for the District of Oregon welcomes you!
Please complete all the forms listed under the section “New Hire Paperwork” and e-mail the forms to the Human Resources Office at one week prior to your appointment date. Please contact the Human Resources Department at 503-326-8165 or e-mail if you have any questions.
The District of Oregon is committed to a workplace that fosters respect, fairness, dignity, and tolerance. The Court expects all relationships within the Court to be businesslike, professional, and free from bias, prejudice, harassment, and retaliation. The Employment Dispute Resolution Policy describes types of conduct that are prohibited both in and outside the workplace, and sets out options for addressing and resolving such conduct.