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Date: Sep 8, 2021

Location: GAINESVILLE, FL, US, 32601

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Requisition No: 421301 

Agency: Justice Administrative Commission


Position Number: 21008352 

Salary:  Commensurate with experience 

Posting Closing Date: 12/31/2021 

The Law Office of Stacy A. Scott, 8th Circuit Public Defender

Assistant Public Defender

Opening Date: Immediate

Closing Date: Until filled

The Law Office of Stacy A. Scott, 8th Circuit Public Defender, is accepting applications for an Experienced Felony Trial Attorney. Stacy Scott is an elected official who has a constitutional duty to provide legal representation to persons in jeopardy of losing their life or liberty who cannot afford to hire a private attorney. Her office employs nearly 40 lawyers plus investigators, a full time social worker, secretaries, and other staff to assist with the more than 15,000 cases handled each year among the six counties within the 8th Circuit. The office recruits locally and nationally with just one goal in mind: Putting together a diverse team of outstanding women and men from all racial and ethnic backgrounds who are able to provide high quality representation to our clients.

Position Type: Full time, assistant public defender position, initially assigned to Alachua County Circuit Court

Job Description: Assistant Public Defenders are accountable for providing high quality representation to our clients. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • critically analyzing cases, filing meritorious motions, and zealously advocate for each client;
  • preparing each case efficiently and expeditiously;
  • advising and counseling each client;
  • establishing and maintaining a professional relationship with each client;
  • effective and efficient use of investigators, a social worker and community resources, and other support staff;
  • utilizing innovative, holistic defense strategies to achieve the best outcome for clients;
  • seeking assistance from experts appropriate to the case;
  • demonstrating professional demeanor;
  • exercising sound judgment to achieve desired results; and
  • assisting the Public Defender in carrying out her responsibilities.


  • Applicants must be licensed to practice law in the State of Florida;
  • excellent verbal, computer, and communication skills;
  • demonstrated ability to write clearly and concisely;
  • bilingual skills: English/Spanish are helpful but not required;
  • jury trial experience preferred;
  • participation in a law school trial advocacy course or litigation skills program preferred;
  • willingness to interview clients in jails and in juvenile detention facilities; and,
  • valid Florida Driver’s License, proof of automobile insurance, and reliable vehicle; or alternate means of reliable, self-transportation is required, as job-related travel is required.

How to Apply:  Complete an Application for Employment at   and submit your resume, cover letter and writing sample, all in PDF format, to Please include information in your cover letter to support your qualifications for this position.

How you will be evaluated: Your submitted application materials will be reviewed to determine compliance with application requirements, level of position-relevant work experience, education and training.

After your application materials have been reviewed, you may be required to participate in a selection interview. Candidates who do not reside in Alachua County may be interviewed initially via Zoom or other electronic means.

Salary and benefits: Salary commensurate with experience. Full range of state benefits including health insurance, retirement plan, paid vacation, sick leave and holidays.

Veterans are encouraged to apply.

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: Gainesville