Requisition No: 746602
Agency: State Courts System
Working Title: DISTRICT COURT STAFF ATTORNEY - 22008686
Position Number: 22008686
Salary: $54,919.86 - $70,058.39 Annually *
Posting Closing Date: 01/30/2023
Fourth District Court of Appeal; West Palm Beach, Florida
This is professional and highly responsible work as a member of a team of two staff attorneys in the Clerk’s Office of the Fourth District Court of Appeal. Work involves considerable interpretation and judgment in the analysis of a variety of legal issues relating to motions and appellate jurisdiction.
Working relationships are established primarily with the Clerk of the Court, Chief Deputy Clerk, the other Clerk’s Office Staff Attorney, Deputy Clerks, judges, and other court staff. Work is performed independently under the direction and general supervision of the Clerk of the Court and the Chief Deputy Clerk.
The Clerk’s Office Staff Attorneys’ responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Screening new appellate cases for timeliness, jurisdiction, and other pending related cases
- Recommending issuance of the appropriate orders following screening
- Recommending action to the court on dispositive and non-dispositive motions
- Preparation and review of Court orders and/or assistance with order language
- Review of proposed Court opinions
- Addressing questions relating to the confidentiality of court records
Education and Training Guidelines
Graduation from an accredited law school, class standing in the upper 25%, and significant writing and editing experience in law school.
If accepted for employment, a law school graduate must take and pass the Florida Bar Examination as a condition of employment.
Starting annual salary is commensurate with experience:
$54,919.86 – Entry Level (10% less if not a member of the Florida Bar)
$62,281.69 – Member of the Florida Bar with at least two years of experience in the practice of law
$70,058.39 – Member of the Florida Bar with at least five years of experience in the practice of law
*Salary will be 10% below minimum if not passed Florida Bar.
Knowledge of legal principles, statutory and case law, court rules and procedures.
Exceptional research and writing skills.
Ability to independently and efficiently analyze complex legal issues and complicated factual details.
Ability to handle multiple projects at the same time, and digest and communicate ideas and concepts orally and in writing.
Ability to exercise discretion, confidentiality, impartiality, and honesty in handling matters before the court. Ability to work effectively with attorneys and non-attorneys on a consistent, daily basis.
Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
Approximate start date is August 2023. Applicants should apply as soon as possible.
Hybrid in-person or remote work option may be available.
The Fourth District Court of Appeal located in downtown West Palm Beach. The Court is located across the street from the West Palm Beach Tri-Rail Station and approximately a half mile from the West Palm Beach Brightline Station.
For information on the benefits available to State of Florida employees visit: http://www.myflorida.com/mybenefits/.
How to Apply
For additional information and to apply visit the Fourth District Court of Appeal Employment website at https://www.4dca.org/About-the-Court/Employment.
Submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample (of no longer than 7 pages), and law school and undergraduate transcripts in PDF format to
the e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org.
The subject line of the e-mail must read: Staff Attorney Application.
All submissions must contain all necessary paperwork.
Mailing address is 110 South Tamarind Avenue; West Palm Beach, Florida 33401.
State of Florida applications are available at the Fourth District Court of Appeal or by accessing the employment website https://www.4dca.org/About-the-Court/Employment.
For additional information about the job advertised contact Marshal Daniel DiGiacomo by phone at 561-242-2000.
To learn more about the Fourth District Court of Appeal visit its website http://www.4dca.org
The successful applicant will be subject to a criminal background check.
We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex, age, national origin, genetic, disability, or political affiliations.
We hire only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers.
If you need an accommodation to participate in the application or selection process, please call the contact person at the contact information indicated for each respective position.
Persons using a TTY/TDD may call the contact person through the FLORIDA RELAY SERVICE: (Voice) 1-800-955-8770, (TDD) 1-800-955-8771, NATIONAL RELAY SERVICE: 711.
The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.
Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.
The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.