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Defending the rights of the accused;
Preserving the rights of us all.

Assistant Public Defender – Trial Division
Annual Salary Range: $60,000 plus benefits
Geographic Locations: Bartow, FL / Wauchula, FL / Sebring, FL
Starting Date: immediately
Summary of Duties: Prepares cases for defense of indigent persons charged with criminal offenses; interviews clients and prospective witnesses; prepares or oversees the drafting of briefs, memoranda, pleadings, and other legal papers; conducts legal research; represents misdemeanor, felony, or juvenile clients in court arraignments, pre-trial hearings, trials, dispositions, and other proceedings; interviews clients in custody and makes initial decisions concerning such things as bail, release from custody, and mental competency to stand trial; determines need for expert witnesses; locates appropriate experts and schedules them for trial if needed; performs related work as required.
Qualifications:
• Experience preferred but not required
• Must be an active member and in good standing with The Florida Bar
• Must be willing to reside in the 10th Circuit within a reasonable time of accepting employment
• Good knowledge of criminal law and procedure
• Good knowledge of the principles, methods, and practices of legal research and investigation
• Good knowledge of judicial procedures and the Rules of Evidence
• Good knowledge of the pleading and practice of effective presentation of court cases
• Ability to analyze legal documents and instruments
• Ability to appraise and organize facts to present evidence and other material in written and oral form
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with prosecutors, judges, and other professionals, as well as clients and the general public
• Good skills in conducting legal research and analysis of data
• Good skills in determining proper courses of action and presentation of facts and arguments
• Ability to manage a high volume caseload while maintaining adequate levels of communication and attention to individual clients.
• Ability to make regularly scheduled court appearances; conduct case evaluation, investigation and preparation including but not limited to witness interviews, legal research, motion preparation, and related work as required; provide qualified and approved substitute counsel when unable to make regularly scheduled court appearances. Occasional unscheduled matters may arise
• Ability to recognize potential conflicts of interest requiring recusal
• Basic computer skills

 

Assistant Public Defender– Appellate Division
Annual Salary Range: Minimum $60,000 commensurate with experience (plus benefits)
Geographic Location: Bartow, Florida
Starting Date: December 1, 2022
Summary of Duties: Represent indigent persons in appellate process; review and analyze client’s
record on appeal; identify errors and issues subject to appeal; research and analyze case law; draft
persuasive briefs and other appellate documents; advocate in appellate courts through oral
arguments; assist trial attorneys in framing and preserving issues for purposes of appeal.
Qualifications:
• Must be an active member and in good standing with The Florida Bar
• Good knowledge of criminal law and procedure
• Good knowledge of the principles, methods, and practices of legal research
• Exceptional research, analytical, and writing skills
• Strong computer skills including legal research
• Good knowledge of judicial procedures and the Rules of Evidence
• Ability to analyze legal documents and instruments
• Ability to appraise and organize facts to present evidence and other material in written and
oral form
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships members of the staff and
the appellate courts
• Good skills in determining proper courses of action and presentation of facts and arguments
• Ability to manage a high volume caseload while maintaining adequate levels of
communication and attention to individual clients.
• Submit resume and writing sample

 

 

LEGAL ASSISTANT I 
Salary:  $31,000 per year  + benefits
Location: Wauchula, FL          
Hours:  M-F 8:00-5:00

Summary of Duties:           
This is confidential legal clerical work. An employee in this position is responsible for performing a variety of clerical duties in assisting an Assistant Public Defender with case preparation. Duties involve the performance of clerical tasks related to criminal proceedings; setting up and maintaining the attorneys’ calendars; screening calls and mail; scanning; providing information to the general public; data input; and preparing appropriate legal documents and correspondence.

Skills / Qualifications:

  • Ability to operate a computer and other office machinery
  •  Entering and updating data into case management system
  •  Scan and upload documents into case management system
  •  Prepare legal documents and file with court for certain cases
  •  Ability to operate the telephone system and respond to calls promptly and professionally
  •  Perform quality work within deadlines
  •  Work effectively as a team contributor as well as independentl
  •  Review and promptly respond to all electronic messaging

Requirements:

  •  Bi-lingual in Spanish/English required
  •  Legal secretarial experience preferred
  •  Coordinate work activities
  •  Determine work priorities
  •  Must be detailed oriented and able to multi-task
  • Communicate effectively verbally and in writing
  • Efficient keyboard skills
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to maintain files, supplies, and documents.  The employee is frequently required to stand and walk.

Benefits

  • Annual and Sick Leave benefits
  • Paid Holidays and one Personal Day each year
  • Group Insurance coverage options, including health, life, dental, vision, and other supplemental insurance options
  • Retirement plan options, including employer contribution
  • Tuition waivers

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State of Florida Employment Application:  https://www.dms.myflorida.com/content/download/59570/251607/version/4/file/State+App06-13.pdf