Senate Attorney (Criminal Justice)

Date:  Nov 30, 2023


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The Florida Legislature
The Florida Senate

Job Title:


Attorney (Criminal Justice)


General Summary


Provides legal work in the examination and preparation of legislation, legislative programs, legal instruments, opinions, or other documents; conducts research to assist a higher level attorney or staff director; and provides counsel and advice to legislative committees.


Examples of Work Performed


  • Researches and drafts legislative bills and amendments in technically complete language, under supervision.
  • Drafts objective staff analyses of proposed legislation.
  • Monitors the progress of legislation through committees of reference and on the floor.
  • Provides legal counsel and advice to legislators and legislative committees on 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.
  • Conducts 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.
  • 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.


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


Interested parties may send a cover letter, resume and completed Florida Legislature Employment Application to:


Amanda Stokes, Staff Director

Senate Committee on Criminal Justice
Re: Attorney

404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1100


or e-mail:


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.


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Nearest Major Market: Tallahassee