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Date: Nov 13, 2021

Location: ORLANDO, FL, US, 32801

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Requisition No: 486776 

Agency: Justice Administrative Commission


Position Number: 21016006 

Salary:  $80,000.00 

Posting Closing Date: 01/31/2022 

Job Description Director of the Conviction Integrity Unit:

The Office of the State Attorney for the Ninth Judicial Circuit is represented by The Honorable Monique H. Worrell and serves Orange and Osceola counties in Central Florida. The office is seeking an experienced attorney to lead our Conviction Integrity Unit. A culturally diverse community, the area is home to nearly 1.4 million residents and is a vacation destination for millions each year. Our office is committed to making Orlando and the surrounding area a vibrant and safe place to live, work and play. The mission of the State Attorney's Office for the Ninth Judicial Circuit is to promote public safety by using data-driven methods to hold offenders accountable, provide restorative justice for victims, and redirect children and people in need of services, in an effort to build stronger, safer communities. We aim to achieve the highest standards of ethics and competence in order to promote a fair and equitable legal system. We are guided by the American Bar Association's standards for the function of a prosecutor, with a special emphasis on: 3-1.2 (a), (b), (e), (f).

This position is for an experienced attorney who is eager to continue the work of the Ninth Judicial Circuit’s Conviction Integrity Unit. A Conviction Integrity Unit (CIU) is a division of a prosecutorial office that works to prevent, identify, and remedy false convictions. Conviction Integrity Units contributed to 42 exonerations nationwide in 2017, Innocence organizations contributed to 54. Although there were 33 Conviction Integrity Units established throughout the country in 2017, none of them existed in Florida. In the years that followed, the State Attorney’s Office for the Ninth Judicial Circuit of Florida has established a CIU, reviewing cases for plausible claims of innocence. We have served justice by successfully seeking the modification of one person’s sentence, we obtained a full exoneration of another person, and successfully litigated for the release of a third person. The CIU plays an important role in upholding the rule of law and preventing wrongful convictions. Additionally, a Conviction Integrity Unit is an important public commitment by the State Attorney to ensure the accuracy, legitimacy and integrity – of all criminal convictions secured by that office.

SAO9 is NOT currently accepting applications from non-Florida Bar members.

Essential Functions:

The following duties are normal but are not limited for this position. The omission of specific statements of the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment for this classification. Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Conducts case research and documentation.
  • Litigates cases, but less frequently than a traditional Assistant State Attorney.
  • Communicates and serves as a liaison with victims, family, witnesses and community partners.
  • Manages caseload.
  • Manages other attorneys.
  • Coordinates with community partners and the public to support and promote criminal justice efforts and crime prevention initiatives.
  • Professional interaction with the public, law enforcement, and office staff.
  • Applicant must be able to work independently and as a team member.
  • All other case related tasks as needed

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctor Degree required
  • Member of The Florida bar
  • Applicants must have a minimum of 5 years of experience in criminal law and have a good knowledge of criminal law and procedure, good interviewing skills, and decision-making ability.
  • Any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for this job.

Specific License or Certification Required: Must be a member in good standing of The Florida Bar.

To Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, and final law school transcript via e-mail to

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: Orlando