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Date: Jul 26, 2019

Location: FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, US, 33301

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Requisition No: 63571 

Agency: Justice Administrative Commission


Position Number: 21014583 

Salary:  $52,818.85 

Posting Closing Date: 09/16/2019 

Lead Program Attorney

** Prior Applicants Need Not Apply **

You may apply online for this position at the following website:

Click on Career Opportunities and submit the GAL short application with your Cover Letter and Resume.

You may also email, fax or mail your Cover Letter and Resume to the addresses below:


Fax: 954-831-7096

Mail: Guardian ad Litem Program

Attention: Samantha Matalon

612 S. Andrews Avenue

Suite 1000

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301



This is highly responsible work providing legal counsel and representation to a circuit Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Program which advocates for the best interests of abused, neglected and abandoned children involved in dependency proceedings. The Lead Program Attorney provides legal representation in court on behalf of the GAL Program, files pleadings and motions, and attends depositions, mediations and staffings with staff, volunteers and social service agencies concerning children represented by the GAL Program. 

The Lead Program Attorney reviews case files to identify legal issues, develops strategies for cases and assists Senior Program and Program Attorneys in the development and implementation of case strategies. The Lead Program Attorney works cooperatively with the Supervising Attorney, staff and volunteers to implement a plan that will further the child's best interests. The Lead Attorney will be assigned to work with a team of Senior Program and Program attorneys in order to provide support and guidance on legal issues. The Lead Program Attorney will work under the guidance and supervision of the Supervising Attorney and will support them in the operations of the legal team. The incumbent must exercise discretion in dealing with confidential and extremely sensitive issues before the court.

Incumbents in this class provide legal advice and support to the GAL Circuit Director, Supervising Attorney and to the GAL Program generally, and may also recruit, train and mentor pro bono and contract attorneys working with the GAL Program. The Lead Program Attorney may develop training materials, assist with the training of GAL staff and volunteers, and participate in programs to inform and educate the public about the operations and goals of the GAL Program. Working relationships must be established with judges, the Department of Children and Families and other social service agencies, community organizations, local law enforcement, attorneys, and the public. Work involves contact with people in stressful situations and with sensitive and confidential information. Work is performed under the supervision of a Supervising Attorney.


A valid Florida Driver’s License is required.

Graduation from an accredited law school, membership in The Florida Bar and a minimum of two years of experience as a Guardian ad Litem Senior Program attorney or 4 years dependency law experience.  Must be a member of the Florida Bar in good standing.  Trial experience is required.  An exception for the required experience may be granted by the Executive Director or designee.


Possession of legal skills and knowledge sufficient to represent the GAL Program in legal proceedings as evidenced by admission to The Florida Bar. Extensive knowledge of juvenile law and the GAL Program. Ability to advocate effectively in court on behalf of the GAL Program. Ability to conduct legal research and to draft and file pleadings, motions and appellate briefs on behalf of the GAL Program. Ability to communicate effectively and deal tactfully with individuals involved in litigation and stressful situations. Ability to work with individuals from culturally and economically diverse backgrounds. Ability to utilize a personal computer, including using software programs such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.

If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS at 1-844-377-1888 on how your current benefits may be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida.  Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended, or deemed ineligible depending upon the date of your retirement.

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.

Nearest Major Market: Fort Lauderdale
Nearest Secondary Market: Miami