SENIOR ATTORNEY - 60057686 1

Date:  Jun 22, 2024


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Requisition No: 813684 

Agency: Children and Families

Working Title: SENIOR ATTORNEY - 60057686 1

Position Number: 60057686 

Salary:  $69,000 

Posting Closing Date: 07/19/2024 

Children’s Legal Services

Department of Children and Families


Vero Beach, FL


Open Competitive

Entry Level Attorneys encouraged to apply!



What you will do:



Children’s Legal Services attorneys advocate for the safety, well-being, and permanency of Florida’s abused, abandoned, and neglected children.  With a team of more than 300 attorneys, CLS is the leader in the courtroom at each stage of a Chapter 39 proceeding.


A CLS attorney has primary responsibility for multiple cases and must ensure Florida and federal legal requirements are met to secure permanent and safe homes for dependent children.  A CLS attorney collaborates with investigators and case managers to gather the evidence necessary to support the legal action that is appropriate for each child and prepares those partners to serve as witnesses at trial.  CLS attorneys advocate for children by employing best practice litigation techniques so that our pleadings and trial presentations lead the nation in dependency advocacy.



  • Law Degree
  • Minimum of 2 years bar admission


Training Provided:

  • Multi-week onboarding program created by a CLS-dedicated Statewide Training Team
  • Quarterly intensive multi-day New Attorney Training focusing on practical skills and litigation tactics
  • Annual multi-day Advanced Litigation Academy that coaches new and experienced attorneys on high-level evidence techniques, expert witness challenges, and advocacy through technology.
  • Fulfillment of all CLE requirements through webinars and live trainings on topics including case law updates, statutory changes, courtroom skills, evidence, ethics, and legal writing.


Benefits for Working for the State of Florida:

  • Florida Bar annual dues are paid for by the Department, contingent upon agency approval
  • Public Loan Forgiveness Program
  • No state income tax for residents of Florida
  • On each anniversary date, you will be accredited 176 hours of annual leave and 104 hours of sick leave
  • Nine paid holidays and one Personal Holiday each year
  • State Group Insurance coverage options (health, life, dental, vision, and other supplemental insurance options)
  • Retirement plan options, including employer contributions
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Tuition waivers
  • And more!



For a full-time permanent appointment, the annual base salary is $69,000 and total compensation inclusive of the benefits listed above is valued at a minimum of $95,318.  Actual total compensation will vary based on insurance and retirement elections. 


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How to Apply:

To apply, please submit an online application that includes a cover letter and a resume that demonstrates your qualifications.  You may be requested to subsequently provide a writing sample, law school transcripts, and references to assist the committee.


Growth Opportunities:

We have several ways you can grow as an attorney with CLS.  There are pathways for promotion for those who want to be leaders in the courtroom and for those who would rather be leaders in the office.  To open the door for growth, CLS invites all of its team members to participate on special projects that create strategies for better outcomes for children. 


Come grow with us today!

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: Vero Beach