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Date: Nov 20, 2019

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Requisition No: 85204 

Agency: State Courts System

Working Title: LAW CLERK - DISTRICT COURT - 22008686

Position Number: 22008686 

Salary:  As per in the description 

Posting Closing Date: 12/20/2019 

110 South Tamarind Avenue
West Palm Beach, Florida 33401

Position Title

Staff Attorney – Clerk’s Office



The Fourth District Court of Appeal is located in downtown West Palm Beach.  The Court is located across the street from the West Palm Beach Tri-Rail Station and approximately 1/2 mile from the West Palm Beach Brightline Station.

Starting Salary

Commensurate with Experience:
•    $52,116 - Entry Level (10% less if not a member of the Florida Bar)
•    $59,102 - Member of the Florida Bar with at least two years of experience in the practice of law 
•    $66,481 - Member of the Florida Bar with at least five years of experience in the practice of law 


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Job Description

This is professional and highly responsible work as a member of a team of two staff attorneys in the Clerk’s Office of the Fourth District Court of Appeal.  Work involves considerable interpretation and judgment in the analysis of a variety of legal issues relating to motions and appellate jurisdiction.  The Clerk’s Office Staff Attorneys’ responsibilities include, but are not limited to: 
•    Screening new appellate cases for timeliness, jurisdiction, and other pending related cases
•    Recommending issuance of the appropriate orders following screening 
•    Recommending action to the court on dispositive and non-dispositive motions
•    Preparation and review of Court orders and/or assistance with order language
•    Review of proposed Court opinions
•    Addressing questions relating to the confidentiality of court records
Working relationships are established primarily with the Clerk of the Court, Chief Deputy Clerk, the other Clerk’s Office Staff Attorney, Deputy Clerks, judges, and other court staff.  Work is performed independently under the direction and general supervision of the Clerk of the Court and the Chief Deputy Clerk.  This is not a traditional chambers law clerk position.


Education and Training Guidelines 

Graduation from an accredited law school, class standing in the upper 25%, and significant writing and editing experience in law school.  If accepted for employment, a law school graduate must take and pass the Florida Bar Examination as a condition of employment.  At least three to five years of professional experience and membership in the Florida Bar is preferred.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 

Knowledge of legal principles, statutory and case law, court rules and procedures.  Exceptional research and writing skills.  Ability to independently and efficiently analyze complex legal issues and complicated factual details.  Ability to digest and communicate ideas and concepts orally and in writing.  Ability to exercise discretion, confidentiality, impartiality, and honesty in handling matters before the court.  Ability to work effectively with attorneys and non-attorneys on a consistent, daily basis.  


How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample of no longer than 7 pages, and law school and undergraduate transcripts in PDF format to  All submissions must contain all necessary paperwork.  Additionally, the subject line of the email must read: Staff Attorney Application.


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, color, 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 contact Marshal Daniel DiGiacomo at (561) 242-2000.

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: Palm Beach
Nearest Secondary Market: Miami