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Date: Jul 18, 2021

Location: FORT MYERS, FL, US, 33901

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Requisition No: 339663 

Agency: Justice Administrative Commission


Position Number: 21013554 

Salary:  $50,000.00 

Posting Closing Date: 09/23/2021 

Law Offices of the Public Defender, 20th Judicial Circuit

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Are you looking for a rewarding role within an organization where you can earn competitive compensation and have access to a comprehensive benefits package? If you are, then the Law Offices of the Public Defender, 20th Judicial Circuit, may be the place for you. The agency is seeking qualified Assistant Public Defender applicants. The Law Offices of the Public Defender, 20th Judicial Circuit, interviews candidates for open and anticipated future Assistant Public Defender positions throughout the year.

The work that public defenders do is vitally important. Becoming an Assistant Public Defender would allow you to be involved with the defense of indigent individuals accused of a crime, and would allow you endless opportunities to make a real difference within the 20th Judicial Circuit of Florida. Attorneys at the agency are offered extensive entry-level training, as well as professional development opportunities.

A Florida Bar license is required to be placed in the Assistant Public Defender role. In addition to current Florida Bar members, the agency will interview applicants who are awaiting admission to the Florida Bar, as well as applicants who are registered to take the next available Florida Bar examination.

Applicants should attach an updated resume that indicates whether or not they are a current member of the Florida Bar. If not currently a member of the Florida Bar, applicants should detail the anticipated date that they will take, or have taken, the Florida Bar examination and indicate if they are a current Certified Legal Intern. In addition, applicants are encouraged to submit a cover letter outlining relevant experience, and detailing their interest in the agency and the field of criminal defense.

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Assistant Public Defender Position Description


The primary responsibility of assistant public defenders is to provide highly efficient and professional representation to our clients. Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • accepting, researching, and preparing each case efficiently and expeditiously;
  • advising and counseling each client regarding plea offers, client’s rights and options, strategies, sentencing, appellate rights, etc.;
  • establishing and maintaining a professional relationship with each client, family, witness, and court personnel;
  • maintaining open lines of communications with clients and their families, witnesses, and court personnel;
  • involving investigators, interns and other support staff appropriately;
  • seeking assistance from experts appropriate to the case;
  • demonstrating maturity and a professional demeanor at all times;
  • exercising sound judgment to achieve desired results;
  • handling emergency assignments when needed;
  • attending and participating in training seminars, division meetings, and staffing sessions;
  • abiding by all Public Defender policies and procedures outlined in manual including but not limited to  attendance, punctuality and professional dress code.
  • performing other related work as required.


There are no supervisory responsibilities


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be member in good standing of the Florida Bar and able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed in this document are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Ability to:

Communicate effectively and professionally with clients and staff

Use correct English grammar, spelling, and punctuation

Follow written and oral instructions and procedures

Exhibit sound judgment and good listening skills

Handle matters with integrity and confidentiality

Plan and prepare reports, correspondence, and charts in a variety of formats

Use personal computer and general office equipment

Be extremely organized, establish priorities, and meet deadlines

Maintain an effective filing system

Manage multiple assignments simultaneously including long- and short-range projects

Be flexible in work assignments and processes based upon need

Travel to various locations throughout the circuit for assignments and training

Effectively utilize Microsoft Word and Outlook


Juris Doctorate


Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, technical procedures, legal documents and governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence and transcripts.


Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals.


Must be able to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations. Must be able to evaluate problems, isolate key issues, research and develop alternative solutions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to be mobile, speak and hear. The employee frequently is required to sit and reach with hands and arms. The employee maybe required to stand. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust focus.


Valid Florida Driver’s license


The noise level for this position is moderate.


Personal computers, printers, copiers, scanners, telephones, calculators, cell phone

This position description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee(s) incumbent in this position. Employee(s) will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments.

This position description has excluded the marginal functions of the position that are incidental to the performance of essential job duties. All duties and responsibilities are essential job functions and requirements and are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. To perform this job successfully, the employee will possess the skills, aptitudes, and abilities to perform each duty proficiently. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health or safety of themselves or others. The requirements listed in this document are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills and abilities. Employees of the Office of the Public Defender, are at-will employees. This document does not create employment contract, implied or otherwise, and may be revised or rescinded at any time, due to operational necessity, at the sole discretion of the Public Defender.

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 Myers
Nearest Secondary Market: Cape Coral