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Florida Legislative Employment Information

The Florida Legislature
Senate Democratic Office

Job Title

Attorney (Senate Democratic Office)

General Summary

This position requires independently generated legal work in the examination, analysis and preparation of legislation, legislative programs, legal instruments, opinions, briefs or other documents; conducting research to assist the Senate Democratic Caucus; and providing counsel and advice to Caucus leadership.

Examples of Work Performed

  • Analyzes and drafts legislative bills, resolutions, and amendments in technically complete language. 
  • Assists with legal research in evaluating state statutes and preparation of legal opinions on questions submitted by authorized persons. 
  • Prepares and drafts routine contracts, agreements, and related legal documents for authorized parties. 
  • Provides legal counsel and advice to legislators and legislative committees on the less complex legal matters including the development of legislation and legislative programs; interprets state and federal legislation related to programs of any governmental unit. 
  • Recommends needed changes to legislation based upon trends in case law, agency comment or citizen request. 
  • Performs legal research concerning the interpretation of Florida Statutes and on other matters in question for Legislators and staff; answers telephone inquiries and composes routine responses to constituents. 
  • Assists in representing the Legislature in court and at legislative or administrative hearings under supervision of more experienced attorneys. 
  • Analyzes rate filings submitted by insurance companies, banking interests, public utilities and identifies legal, accounting, financial, economic, and engineering issues;. 
  • Reviews agency action pursuant to Chapter 120, the Administrative Procedures Act, to identify instances of the invalid exercise of delegated legislative authority; monitors Florida court cases and administrative decisions and advises agencies accordingly; prepares and presents proposed objections to full committee; reviews statutes passed each session and calls to the attention of the agencies all those which may require administrative rule promulgation, repeal or amendment. 
  • Drafts binding, judicially reviewable opinions interpreting the ethics laws for consideration and adoption by the Commission on Ethics; prepares written orders analyzing the legal sufficiency of complaints received by the Commission; assists Commission members who serve as hearing officers at public hearings in making legal rulings and by preparing recommended orders. 
  • Drafts Reviser's Bills; edits and revises the text of the Florida Statutes manuscript; indexes new legislation for the Florida Statutes, the Digest of General Laws, and the Laws of Florida. 
  • Maintains communications with agency heads, or their assigned deputies, assistants, and agency general counsel. 
  • Performs 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. 
  • Ability to prepare and present trial briefs, pleadings, and oral arguments.

Minimum Qualifications

Attorney in good standing with The Florida Bar.

Salary

Commensurate with experience.
The Legislature offers a competitive benefits package.

Application Deadline

Open until filled

Submission of Application

Qualified applicants should send a completed Legislative Employment Application and resume to:
 
David Cox, Staff Director
Senate Democratic Office 
RE: Attorney
200 Senate Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1100
 
or e-mail to: Cox.David@flsenate.gov
 

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.