Attorney Position:

The Office of the Public Defender accepts employment applications throughout the year. We review submissions to fill open positions as needed. If you would like to be considered for an attorney position with our office, please fill out the application (linked below) and submit it, along with your resume and cover letter to Angie Schmitt at: hr@circuit9.org.

Employment Application


Staff Position:

Position Title: Legal Assistant

Position Type: Full Time

Department: Orange or Osceola Counties

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm

The Office of the Public Defender, Ninth Circuit, regularly hires Legal Assistants for our law offices in Orange & Osceola counties. These are excellent “bridge” positions for graduates or qualified students looking for busy law office experience before law school or other endeavors.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate and schedule court hearings

  • Maintain attorney calendars

  • Review and upload case-related documents to the Public Defender case management system (STAC)

  • Correspond with clients via telephone and mail regarding cases, including scheduling conferences and notifying them of court proceedings

  • Finalize and file or distribute documents such as legal pleadings and subpoenas

This description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by an employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by their supervisor.

Minimum Skills and Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent

  • Knowledge of general office procedures

  • Experience using office equipment, such as multi-line phones, copiers, fax machines, computers and software including MS Office and Internet Explorer

  • Ability  to effectively communicate with people in high-stress situations

  • Exceptional English reading, writing and speaking skills

  • Organized and able to follow instructions and prioritize work assignments in a fast-paced work environment

  • Ability to work well with others

Desired Skills and Qualifications:

  • College coursework or degree related to legal studies

  • Fluency in a second language, particularly Spanish or Creole

Send inquiries and resumes to Schieme Thomas (SThomas@circuit9.org).  Electronic submissions only please.  Applicants will be required to complete an application form.  Some positions are filled through an employment agency with the possibility of becoming a State employee at a later date.  All positions are at-will.