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Law Clerks to U.S. Circuit Judge Thomas I. Vanaskie

     Congratulations on your employment with the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit!  As a new employee, you are required to complete various forms prior to your hire date. This site contains all of the forms required to process your appointment. 
     All appointment and payroll forms must be completed and returned to the Human Resources Office via U.S. Mail or other carrier no later than three weeks prior to your hire date to ensure timely processing of your appointment. As part of this process, all law clerks must be sworn in by his/her respective Judge. It is recommended that you be sworn in prior to your hire date. Please contact Chambers to arrange a convenient time. 
     If you have any questions on any of the forms, benefits or policies, please contact Human Resources Director Deborah T. Skopek at (570) 207-5670. Thank you.


Return no later than 3 weeks prior to your hire date.
Federal Judicial Branch Application for Employment (AO 78) - include month/day/year for all date entries.
Voluntary Race/Ethnicity, Gender & Disability Identification (AO 78B)
Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9) - proper identification is required (see Page 4 of form)
Emergency Contact Form
FastStart Direct Deposit Form (FMS 2231)
W-4 Federal Withholding Form
Residency Certification Form (complete form for city where you will be working: Scranton, Harrisburg, Williamsport or Wilkes-Barre)
Please see Policies & Procedures Section for additional forms that also need to be returned.


You have sixty (60) days from your hire date to enroll in any or all of the benefits offered by the Federal Judiciary. Please refer to the Benefits Synopsis for an overview of these benefits. Additional information is included below to assist you in making an informed decision.
Term Law Clerk Benefits  
Benefits for Life Brochure  
HEALTH INSURANCE:   Enroll by completing election forms below  
Health Insurance Plans Offered HMO Plans / Premiums
Health Insurance Information Fee-For-Service Plans / Premiums
Health Insurance Marketplace (Affordable Care Act) Election Form (SF 2809) - Complete Pages 17 and 18
  Health Insurance Comparison Tool
LIFE INSURANCE:   Enroll by completing election forms below  
Life Insurance Brochure Election Form (SF 2817) - Complete Page 1 only
Premium Calculator Beneficiary Form (SF 2823)
Dental and Vision Summary Dental Rating Area
Dental Plan Information Enroll via BENEFEDS (Employing Agency is Federal Judiciary.)
Dental Rates Dental Comparison Tool
Vision Plan Information Enroll via BENEFEDS (Employing Agency is Federal Judiciary.)
Vision Rates Vision Comparison Tool
Information on the Flexible Benefits Program and the Commuter Benefit will be mailed to your home address from the Federal Judiciary’s Benefits Center. The Long Term Care Insurance information will be mailed from CNA.
Flexible Benefits Program Enroll via Judiciary Benefits Center/ADP
Health Care Reimbursement  
Dependent Care Reimbursement  
Premium Payment Plan  
Commuter Benefit Enroll via Judiciary Benefits Center/ADP
Long Term Care Insurance Enroll via Long Term Care Partners / John Hancock
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)  


Unpaid Compensation (SF 1152) - Complete Page 1 only


Acknowledgment Form (review, sign and return)
Code of Conduct for Judicial Employees | Ethics for Chambers Staff
Technology Guide (review, sign last page and return) 


Leave Programs | Leave Policy
2017 Biweekly Pay Periods and Holidays
2017 JSP Salary Chart - Scranton, Williamsport and Wilkes-Barre
2017 JSP Salary Chart - Harrisburg
Law Clerk Handbook
Law Clerks Gone Wild

Maintaining the Public Trust
- Ethics for Federal Judicial Law Clerks
Advisory Opinions 111
        As an employee of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, you are responsible for reviewing, upon hire, any and all online policies and procedures, including but not limited to Human Resources, located on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals Home Page.
Welcome to the Court!