Trial Court Staff Attorney

The Ninth Judicial Circuit Court is a progressive trial court in Central Florida where employees make a difference.  Our team of court professionals is richly diverse, with unique perspectives and ideas.  We encourage teamwork and individual contribution and pride ourselves on changing attitudes and doing things better.  We’re always interested in dynamic individuals who enjoy innovation, new ideas and the opportunity to serve others while leading the way to the court of tomorrow.

Position description

Whether you are an experienced professional or a talented new attorney, the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court offers an opportunity to engage in meaningful legal work, improve your work-life balance, and develop your legal abilities!
The Ninth Judicial Circuit Court is seeking to fill multiple Staff Attorney positions located at the Orange County Courthouse in Orlando, Florida and an additional Staff Attorney position located at the Osceola County Courthouse in Kissimmee, Florida.

Position description

What staff attorneys do:
• Assist the judiciary by providing legal research, analysis, and writing, as well as some case management.
• Help resolve cases and motions by reviewing pleadings and other court filings, conducting legal research, analyzing issues, preparing memoranda, drafting proposed orders, and advising the Judges on legal matters.
• Work with several assigned Judges in a high volume work environment.

What staff attorneys gain:
• Experience: Working alongside Judges, staff attorneys have a unique opportunity to learn about the judicial process from the perspective of a court; to learn how the court evaluates cases, pleadings, and arguments; to develop a more comprehensive understanding of what is persuasive and what is not; to attend court proceedings and observe varying levels of advocacy skill; and to improve their legal research and writing skills.
• Culture: The Staff Attorney Department offers a culture that is positive, collegial, and supportive. Staff attorneys regularly collaborate on cases involving difficult or novel issues. The staff attorneys also support and encourage each other, share materials and ideas, and help each other cover cases and hearings. Further, the staff attorneys are encouraged to ask questions and are provided with training, assistance, and feedback from the Supervising Senior Staff Attorney.
• Training: Staff attorneys receive training and feedback to improve their legal research, analytical, and writing abilities. In addition, staff attorneys receive training on additional topics, such as thinking like a court, writing as a court, communication, case management, and applicable technology/computer programs, including Microsoft Teams.
• Opportunity: Staff attorneys will be assigned primarily to one or more areas of the law and will have opportunities to explore and learn about additional legal disciplines, including criminal, post-conviction, juvenile, civil, family law, administrative law, probate, and mental health; in addition, staff attorneys may be assigned to work on appeals or petitions for extraordinary writs.

What qualities the Court is looking for in an ideal candidate:
• An interest and strong proficiency in researching technical and sometimes difficult legal issues and writing concise but well-reasoned draft orders and memoranda.
• The ability to set aside personal prejudices and decide issues based on the merits of law without advocating for any party.
• Skill in communicating clearly, effectively, and concisely, both verbally and in writing.
• The confidence and demeanor to work directly with Judges on complex legal issues and to make timely recommendations on potentially novel issues of law based on the staff attorney’s own research and analysis.
• A willingness to learn and to accept feedback.
• The capacity to work independently in an office environment.
• Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Westlaw/Lexis.
• Law review or other journal experience is preferred but not required.

How to apply:
• Must have a Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school.
•Submit
(1) Cover letter that indicates location preference, if any, and includes statement of interest,
(2) Résumé,
(3) Online State of Florida application,
(4) Verification of required education, and
(5) Self-edited writing sample that is no longer than 3000 words.
• If licensed in Florida, the candidate’s Florida Bar number must be indicated in the candidate’s application materials. If a candidate is not yet licensed, the application packet must indicate when the candidate plans to take the Florida Bar Examination. Membership in the Florida Bar must be attained within one year from start date.

APPLICATIONS WITHOUT ALL REQUESTED MATERIALS WILL NOT BE REVIEWED.

Salary:
• Salary is $48,925.25 per year. Positions are filled at the minimum due to budget constraints.
• Salary is 10% below minimum ($44,032.72 per year) if the selected candidate is not a member of the Florida Bar.
• This is a State funded position with benefits.

Disclaimer: Nothing in this advertisement or description provides any offer of employment, offer to enter into a contract, or contractual or other guarantee of employment or of any specific benefit to any person.

Equal opportunity employer

The Ninth Judicial Circuit Court is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, or disability. Persons with a disability needing an accommodation for the application/selection process should notify Human Resources (407) 836‐2261 prior to the application deadline. If you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711.