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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.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


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.
Collins Dictionary of Law © W.J. Stewart, 2006

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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(4) So it was possible for the Benetton salesclerk to see Williams as markedly other than an abstract arm's-length transactor because American culture overdetermines her as black, just as it does the countless other black Americans it casts, according to Regina Austin, as "potential shoplifters, thieves, or deadbeats" (5) whenever we try to enter retail markets on an equal footing with whites.
This no doubt relates to the skill levels required for each position--millinery required at least some apprenticeship, while generally salesclerks needed little in the way of formalized training.(23)
But Habitat had had no little tray, and the salesclerk was much younger than I am.
(2.) As noted in Appendix A, the attribute areas are service-general, salesclerk service, presence of self-service, ease of the merchandise return, delivery service, and credit policies of the store.
Service: Despite the nearby location of the customer service department, not a single salesclerk was seen at the end of the day.
Oddly, I have frequently made a class leap; Larry in my new novel is from a blue-collar family, and Brenda Bowman in Happenstance is the daughter of a salesclerk (men's socks and underpants, Montgomery Ward).
Finally, a real salesclerk provides service at checkout, asking, for example, if you found everything you wanted.
Hamill explains the book's title, News Is a Verb: For a news story to be a good one, he says, "the proper noun is not enough; there must be a verb." To be news," celebrities must do something," and further, 'they must do something that is surprising, interesting, or new," such as throwing somebody under a bus or taking a salesclerk job.
Cashmere is like a drug, says the salesclerk and brushes the sand-colored cashmere sweater like the skin of a lover.
An example from our own experience: A Nordstrom salesclerk stopped a customer and asked if the shoes that she was wearing had been bought there.
"They really work," says Cathy Miller, a Kansas department-store salesclerk who sold out her entire supply of "Heat Seat" cushions last football season.

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