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Docket Specialist - 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. or 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Docket Specialist - 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. or 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

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A docket specialist is responsible for the daily activities of the docket and court services department. This includes docketing relevant dates and running reports as well as the filing, serving and retrieval of court documents (physical and/or electronic) and the processing of incoming court documents (paper and/or electronic).

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Enters upcoming court/due dates and related documents into our automated docketing system and reviews docketing records to ensure correct assessment of deadlines and accuracy of database;
  • Provides information and answers procedural questions posed by attorneys, paralegals and other support staff;
  • Reviews documents served and filed by the firm for form and procedural compliance;
  • Files documents, both conventionally and electronically, with local and out-of-area courts; 
  • Provides necessary follow-up to attorneys, paralegals and secretaries regarding input of calendared events;
  • Appears in court for routine motion calls;
  • Arranges for issuance and service of summons and subpoenas;
  • Retrieves docket sheet and pleadings from court or via outside vendors;
  • Downloads and dockets federal court filings from docket email box;
  • Stays current on court procedure and rule changes;
  • Performs other work-related duties as assigned.


Qualification Requirements: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the Duties and Responsibilities (Duties) above satisfactorily and meet the requirements below. The requirements listed below are representative of the minimum knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. If you need such an accommodation, please email (current employees should contact Human Resources).

Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience
  • High School diploma
  • Demonstrated familiarity with government agencies, federal, state and local court systems and their associated rules
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Outlook, Adobe Acrobat and Excel



  • Minimum 5 years of E-Filing experience
  • Experience with rules-based calendaring software (e.g. CompuLaw, eDockets or ProLaw), PACER and electronic filing systems
  • Experience with Law Bulletin/JuraLaw, Bloomberg Law, Lexis CourtLink or West CourtExpress

Other Skills and Abilities:

  • The following will also be required of the successful candidate:
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Good judgment
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Able to work harmoniously and effectively with others
  • Able to preserve confidentiality and exercise discretion
  • Able to work under pressure
  • Able to manage multiple projects with competing deadlines and priorities


Sidley Austin LLP is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.