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Date: Feb 9, 2018

Location: TALLAHASSEE, FL, US, 32399

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Requisition No: 27812 

Agency: Office of the Attorney General


Position Number: 41001351 

Salary:  $51,627-$65,000 

Posting Closing Date: 02/28/2018 

This is a re-advertisement. Prior applicants need not apply. 


INTRODUCTORY STATEMENT:  The Office of the Attorney General, Department of Legal Affairs (OAG) is a pre-eminent, constitutional office, which serves as the chief lawyer to all state agencies and provides legal protections for Floridians against fraud and through the enforcement of the state’s laws. The OAG, is a cabinet agency in the executive branch of Florida state government.


IMPORTANT NOTICE:  To be considered for the position all applicants must:


Submit a complete and accurate application profile necessary for qualifying, such as dates of service, reason for leaving, etc. In addition, all applicants must ensure all employment and/or detailed information about work experience is listed on your application (including military service, self-employment, job-related volunteer work, internships, part-time employment, etc.) and that gaps in employment are explained.  Applicants who do not provide all information necessary to qualify, will not be considered for this position.


Verify that applicant responses to qualifying questions are verifiable by skills and/or experience stated on the employment application and/or resume.  Applicants who do not respond to the qualifying questions will not be considered for this position.


The elements of the selection process may include a skill assessment exercise. 


Current and future vacancies may be filled from this advertisement for a period of up to six months. Following the six-month period, a new application must be submitted to an open advertisement to be considered for that vacancy.


OAG employees are paid biweekly.  All state employees are required to participate in the direct deposit program pursuant to s. 110.113 Florida Statutes.



Admission to a Bar with admission to Florida bar within 12 months and three years of professional experience in the practice of law, particularly in complex civil litigation. Membership in good standing in another state Bar can substitute for the required admission to the Florida Bar provided membership in the Florida Bar is attained within 12 months of appointment to a position in this class.



This position requires as a prerequisite to employment a degree of Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor from an accredited law school and membership in the Florida Bar. 


Primary responsibility is to represent the state on both direct appeals and collateral litigation in all death cases. Reports directly to the Chief of Capital Collateral as to the status of all capital cases and maintains records for all cases. Develops legal theories for statewide use. Coordinates with other states regarding capital cases and keeps abreast of evolving issues. Assists in any case statewide when necessary. 


Serves as either lead counsel or back-up counsel in all death cases at the collateral state and federal court levels. This includes the preparation of legal pleadings and attendance at evidentiary hearings at all trial and appellate stages especially during the pendency of an active death warrant. An extensive comprehension of constitutional law, federal habeas corpus practice and the nuances of death penalty decisions is essential. Trial experience and an ability to handle time constraints; complex legal analysis and multifaceted litigation are minimal requirements. 


Responsibility also includes keeping current of all state and federal decisions directly or indirectly impacting on capital cases. This includes maintaining a library or information bank; becoming familiar with all capital cases in the office, and maintaining a communications network with other capital specialists in other offices. 


Provides advice and assistance to other attorneys assigned to handle death cases on direct appeal in the Florida Supreme Court with legal analysis, brief preparation and other attending responsibilities. 


Representation of the State of Florida in criminal appellate litigation in both the district courts and the Florida Supreme Court includes, but is not limited to, research, brief preparation, oral arguments, responses, motions and other functions directly related to appeals (capital and non-capital, interlocutory and collateral appeals, and extra-ordinary writs).  


Handles habeas corpus litigation in federal courts (trial and appellate) in non-death cases. Normally this will include either acting as lead counsel or back-up counsel at federal evidentiary hearings where advance trial or habeas corpus experience is necessary to assist in the prosecution of said litigation. 


Handles emergency circumstances (pleadings preparation and court appearances) in all levels of state and federal courts. 


This position entails death penalty litigation on behalf of the prosecution in support of the imposition of a capital sentences by the trial courts and requires experience in state and federal courts involving direct appeals, post conviction and federal habeas corpus. In light of the nature of these complex criminal cases both criminal trial and appellate experience in the state and federal courts is required. Preference will be given to applicants with capital criminal experience.


VETERAN RECRUITMENT STATEMENT:   The OAG values the service provided by veterans and their families and supports the hiring of returning service members and military spouses.  Applicants eligible for veterans' preference will receive preference in employment and are encouraged to apply, pursuant to chapter 295, Florida statutes.  However, applicants claiming veterans' preference must attach supporting documentation with each application submission that includes character of service (for example, dd form214 member copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by rule 55a-7, Florida administrative code.  All documentation is due by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.  For information on the supporting documentation required, click here .  If you have trouble attaching the documentation, contact our HR office at 850-414-3900.


PERSONS WITH DISABILITY/ADA STATEMENT:   The OAG supports the employment of individuals with disabilities and encourages them to seek employment within our agency. If you need an accommodation because of a disability, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, in order to participate in the application process, please notify the people first service center at 877-562-7287.  If you need accommodation during the selection process, please notify the hiring authority in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.


CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS/ DRUG FREE WORKPLACE:   All OAG positions are "sensitive or special trust" and require favorable results on a background investigation including fingerprinting, pursuant to s. 110.1127(2)(a), F.S.  The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free Workplace, all employees are subject to reasonable suspicion or other drug testing in accordance with section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.


We hire only U.S. citizens and those lawfully authorized to work in the U.S.


E-VERIFY STATEMENT:   The Office of the Attorney General participates in the u.s. government’s employment eligibility verification program (e-verify).  E-verify is a program that electronically confirms an employee’s eligibility to work in the united states after completion of the employment eligibility verification form (i-9).


REMINDERS:   Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion unless they are registered with the Selective Services System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from SSS.  For more information, please visit the SSS website at: https: //


If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will 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: Tallahassee