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Date: Oct 11, 2019

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Requisition No: 72981 

Agency: Commission on Offender Review

Working Title: SENIOR ATTORNEY - 78003032

Position Number: 78003032 

Salary:  $51,626.88 

Posting Closing Date: 10/28/2019 

The Florida Commission on Offender Review, formally known as the Florida Parole Commission, is looking to fill an Assistant General Counsel position in its Office of the General Counsel. The position is located in the Commission’s Central Office, in Tallahassee.  The incumbent in this position represents the Commission in various types of challenges filed against the Commission, including complex appellate and extraordinary writ litigation.  This position requires knowledge of Florida statutes, administrative rules, and rules of state and federal court.


The Commission functions as a quasi-judicial decision-making body, responsible for the careful selection of candidates appropriate for release from incarceration to parole, and administers parole, conditional release supervision, conditional medical release supervision, control release supervision, and addiction recovery release supervision.  The Commission acts as the administrative and investigative arm of the Governor and Cabinet, sitting as the Board of Executive Clemency. 


This position is classified as a full-time Selected Exempt Service position and works under the supervision of the General Counsel.  The starting salary is $51,626.88.


Position Description

The attorney assigned to this position will represent the Commission in state circuit court, in front of the Florida Supreme Court, in various federal courts, and at the United States Supreme Court. 


The incumbent is responsible for complex and technical litigation, from the initial pleading stage through final appellate order, with minimal direction from a higher level attorney.  The incumbent must have experience in both civil and criminal matters and must be able to exercise considerable independent judgment in analyzing a case and formulating a response.  The incumbent must possess strong writing skills, excellent communication and critical thinking skills, and the ability to work independently.


The incumbent is responsible for analyzing complex litigation and legal precedent, preparing pleadings, legal memoranda, briefs, responses, orders, opinions, and various other motions in defense of the Commission before state and federal courts and quasi-judicial entities.


The incumbent is responsible for providing legal advice and guidance to the Commission Chair and Commissioners, Central Office staff, field staff, and staff of the Office of Executive Clemency.


Examples of Work

Provide legal assistance to the Commission;

Prepare written legal opinions;

Research and analyze legal pleadings and precedent;

Prepare responses, opinions, motions, orders, and various other pleadings as required;

Review and analyze proposed legislation;

Review and draft amendments to administrative rules;

Represent the Commission in personnel matters;

Advise the Commission on employment law matters;

Review Commission procedure directives for compliance with relevant legal authority;

Assist support staff in the processing of public records requests;

Monitor litigation assigned to outside counsel, providing legal opinions and direction; and

Other duties as assigned.


Required Qualifications

Admission to the Florida Bar, with membership in good standing.


Preferred Qualifications

Criminal justice experience preferred.  Admission to the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida is preferred.  Admission to the Eleventh Circuit and the United States Supreme Court is preferred.  Experience with the Administrative Procedures Act is preferred.  Extraordinary writ experience is preferred.  Appellate experience is preferred.  Public records experience is preferred.  Assistant State Attorneys and Assistant Public Defenders are encouraged to apply. 


NOTE:  Previous applicants are still under consideration and need not re-apply.


To apply, please submit an online application, your resume, and a writing sample.


This position requires a background investigation including fingerprinting, pursuant to s. 110.1127(1), Fla. Stat.


Thank you for your interest in the Commission.


“BACKGROUND SCREENING REQUIREMENT: It is the policy of the Florida Commission on Offender Review that any applicant being considered for employment must successfully complete a State and National criminal history check as a condition of employment before beginning employment, and also be screened in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 435, F.S., and, if applicable, Chapter 408, F.S. No applicant may begin employment until the background investigation results are received, reviewed, and approved by the Commission. Background investigations shall include, but not be limited to, fingerprinting for State and Federal criminal records checks through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and may include local criminal history checks through local law enforcement agencies. Also, employees are subject to background re-screening at least every five (5) years.”



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