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The Florida Legislature
Judiciary Committee

Job Title

Attorney - Judiciary Committee

General Summary

The Judiciary Committee of the Florida House of Representatives seeks to hire an attorney.  The committee is comprised of the Criminal Justice Subcommittee, which handles a broad range of criminal justice issues, including bills relating to substantive criminal offenses, criminal procedure (e.g., arrest, bail, pretrial proceedings, evidence, and sentencing), corrections, juvenile justice, specialty courts, sexual offenders, gangs, controlled substances, domestic violence, self-defense, and firearms.  The committee is also comprised of the Civil Justice and Claims Subcommittee, which handles a broad range of civil justice issues, including the claims bill process.  
The ideal candidate will have excellent research, analytical, and writing skills and experience in drafting and analyzing Florida’s laws, prosecuting or defending criminal cases, providing legal counsel to law enforcement or correctional agencies, or in the private practice of law.     
This position conducts legal research; analyzes legislation; drafts bills, amendments, bill analyses, legal memoranda, and other documents; and provides counsel and advice to legislators and legislative committees.

Examples of Work Performed

Conducting state and federal legal research; analyzing statutes and regulations; and preparing legal memoranda.
Drafting legislative bills, amendments, and staff bill analyses.
Providing legal counsel and advice to legislators and legislative committees concerning the interpretation of the state and federal constitutions, the Florida Statutes, and other matters; answering telephone inquiries; and composing routine responses to constituents.
Recommending needed changes to legislation based upon trends in case law, agency comment, or citizen request.
Monitoring state and federal court cases and administrative decisions; reviewing agency action pursuant to Chapter 120, the Administrative Procedure Act, to identify instances of invalid exercise of delegated legislative authority; and reviewing statutes passed each session and  determining which may require administrative rule promulgation, repeal, or amendment.
Performing other related duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of legal terminology.
Knowledge of Florida laws and legal procedure.
Skill in reading comprehension, analysis, research, and organization.
Ability to provide legal counsel.
Ability to interpret state and federal legislation, laws, and rules.
Ability to employ legal reasoning and to foresee possible legal problems.
Ability to communicate effectively and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Ability to take action in situations which lack clear direction.
Ability to take initiative on independent research projects.
Ability to deal tactfully and courteously with the public, press, and lobbyists.
Ability to plan, organize, and coordinate work assignments.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
Ability to use independent judgment when releasing information to the public.
Ability to collect and analyze data.
Ability to conduct meetings and to make presentations.
Ability to perform legal writing and prepare various legal documents.
Ability to research legal documents and legal references.

Minimum Qualifications

Attorney in good standing with the Florida Bar.


Salary commensurate with experience.
The Legislature offers a competitive benefits package.

Submission of Application

The Florida Legislature Employment Application is available on the Legislative website at  
Interested parties may send a cover letter, resume and completed Florida Legislature Employment Application to:
Florida House of Representatives
Lawanda Williams
1201 Capitol
Office of House Administration
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL  32399

Applications are available through the Florida Legislature's web site Online Sunshine and in Room 701 of the Claude Pepper Building.

Accommodation for Disability

If an accommodation is needed for a disability, please notify Human Resources at (850) 488-6803.