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A person employed in an office or government agency who performs various tasks such as keeping records or accounts, filing, letter writing, or transcribing. One who works in a store and whose job might include working as a cashier, selling merchandise, or waiting on customers.

A law clerk is either a law student employed by a licensed attorney to do mundane legal tasks and learn the law in the process, or a licensed lawyer working for a judge to aid in the writing and research of the cases before the judge.

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n. 1) an official or employee who handles the business of a court or a system of courts, maintains files of each case, and issues routine documents. Almost every county has a clerk of the courts or County Clerk who fulfills those functions, and most courtrooms have a clerk to keep records and assist the judge in the management of the court. 3) a young lawyer who assists a judge or a senior attorney in research and drafting of documents, usually for a year or two, and benefits in at least two ways: learning from the judge and enjoying association with the judge. Law clerks for judges, particularly on the Courts of Appeal and the Supreme Court, are chosen from among the top students graduating from law school. 2) a person who works in an office or a store who performs physical work such as filing, stocking shelves, or counter sales.

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1 one who assists a solicitor. Formerly, if in training to become a solicitor, the assistant was known as an articled clerk.
2 a clerk to the justices in England or the clerk of court in Scotland is a legally qualified person who sits in court with lay justices to advise them on points of law. The clerk of the House is a senior official ofthe House of Commons.
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CLERK, commerce, contract. A person in the employ of a merchant, who attends only to a part of his business, while the merchant himself superintends the whole. He differs from a factor in this, that the latter wholly supplies the place of his principal in respect to the property consigned to him. Pard. Dr. Com. n. 38, 1 Chit. Pract. 80; 2 Bouv. Inst. n. 1287.

CLERK, officer. A person employed in an office, public or private, for keeping records or accounts. His business is to write or register, in proper form, the transactions of the tribunal or body to which he belongs. Some clerks, however, have little or no writing to do in their offices, as, the clerk of the market, whose duties are confined chiefly to superintending the markets. In the English law, clerk also signifies a clergyman.

CLERK, eccl. law. Every individual, who is attached to the ecclesiastical state, and who has submitted to the ceremony of the tonsure, is a clerk.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Unlike the multi-purpose clerk in the nineteenth century pre-mechanized office, women clerical workers in the early twentieth century rarely enjoyed substantial opportunities for advancement.
Fewer have acknowledged that accompanying this growth has been an increase in the number of supervisory positions for clerical workers. Inhil certainly reflects this pattern -- the number of women who supervise clerical staff personnel have more than tripled from 1976 to 1991.
Third, even though Strom does not depict the women who entered clerical work as victims, the organization of the book (structural changes and management practices in part 1 and female clerical workers themselves in part 2) suggests that female clerical workers responded to or were "manipulated" (Strom's word) by forces on which they had no impact.
A DETAILED probe is under way into pounds 54,000 in overtime payments paid to a clerical worker at the North Wales child abuse inquiry.
A clerical worker is also said to have resigned before he could be dismissed while others have been charged with gross misconduct or received written warnings.
Immediately after his injury, his job was changed from diesel mechanic to clerical worker. Paul performed clerical work until his retirement, when he move to the island with his family and got a job as a clerical worker.
Ann Ford, 48, clerical worker, Kingston Park: I'm going away at the weekend.
Miss Clarke, a Birmingham City Council clerical worker, had been returning home from a night out when the gunman stopped her taxi .
He met clerical worker Tracey McColl, 25, in Gartree jail, Leicestershire.
Premiums are based on age, sex, postcode and job - so a 22-year-old single, male clerical worker in Torquay would pay pounds 5.89 a month for basic cover.
A clear demographic profile of the woman clerical worker emerged: she was "white, young, single, native-born, and lived with a family member" (31).
Neil Hodgson, 30, clerical worker, High Heaton, Newcastle: I'm not voting because I don't think it will make a difference.