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Date: Jun 30, 2021

Location: LAKELAND, FL, US, 33602

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Requisition No: 388044 

Agency: State Courts System


Position Number: 22003951 

Salary:  $52,116.02 - $66,481.71 Annually* 

Posting Closing Date: 08/31/2021 

District Court Staff Attorney

Location:  Second District Court of Appeal, Lakeland, Florida

The successful applicant will report to the Director of Central Staff and will be part of a team of eleven attorneys who comprise the Central Staff Department.

Salary:  $52,116.02 - $66,481.71 Annually*

*Salary is ten percent less, $46,904.42, if not a member of The Florida Bar.  Actual position classification and beginning salary based on experience.

  • District Court Staff Attorney - $4,343.00, monthly.
  • District Court Senior Staff Attorney - $4,925.17, monthly (at least 2 years of experience in the practice of law, subsequent to membership in The Florida Bar).
  • District Court Career Attorney - $5,540.14, monthly (at least 5 years of experience in the practice of law, subsequent to membership in The Florida Bar).

Knowledge Skills Abilities: This position requires an attorney who has excellent research, writing, and editing skills.  The attorney will be required to prepare in-depth analyses on a variety of legal issues and must be able to present ideas orally and in writing to the judges of the court.  Time management skills and the ability to work effectively with others are crucial.  All attorneys at the court must maintain confidentiality, exercise discretion, and handle matters honestly and impartially.

Education: Graduation from an accredited law school with excellent academic standing; Law Review, journal, or significant law school writing and editing experience preferred.  Although membership in The Florida Bar is preferred, applicants with excellent credentials who are awaiting admission will be considered.

Special Comments

This is an anticipated vacancy.

The Florida State Courts System offers a comprehensive selection of State of Florida employee benefits: membership in the Florida Retirement System, optional enrollment in a subsidized Health insurance plan, optional enrollment in Life, Dental, and Disability insurance plans, and paid $25,000 term life insurance.  For more information on the benefits available to State of Florida employees visit:

The Florida State Courts System is a criminal justice agency.  The successful applicant will be fingerprinted for the purpose of conducting a criminal history record check.  Employment in this position is contingent upon a satisfactory criminal background check.

In accordance with Section 110.205(2)(c), Florida Statutes, positions with the Florida State Courts System (judicial branch) are not covered under the Career Service System.  All employees of the Florida State Courts System are at-will employees and serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority and do not attain tenure rights.

How to Apply

Submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and State of Florida application by e-mail to  Please put Central Staff Vacancy in the subject line of your e-mail.

The State of Florida Employment Application located at the following link.

An application must be submitted for the position listing the appropriate class title and position number for which you are applying. Your application must be received by 11:59 p.m. on the closing date.

The People First profile application will not be considered.

For additional information contact Jodie Siemen or Jo Haynes at 863-940-6050.

To learn more about the First District Court of Appeal visit the website at

The successful applicant will be subject to a criminal background check.

We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, national origin, genetic information, or disability.

We hire only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers.

If you need an accommodation to participate in the application/selection process, please call the contact person at the number indicated for each respective position.

Persons using a TDD may call the contact person through the Florida Relay Service 711 or 1-800-955-8771.


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.

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