EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Attorney Positions:

The Office of the Public Defender accepts employment applications throughout the year but a majority of job offers to third year law school students are made during the first few months of each year with work starting in October of the same year. If you would like to be considered for an attorney position with our office, please fill out the application ATTORNEY EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION and submit it, along with your resume and a cover letter to Angie Schmitt at: hr@circuit9.org.

ASSISTANT PUBLIC DEFENDER – ORANGE COUNTY

The downtown Orlando office of the Public Defender is our largest and hires lawyers for the downtown location as well as the Orange County juvenile office and the Booking and Release Center located at the Orange County Jail facility.  Attorneys’ primary responsibility is to provide excellent, client-centered legal representation to indigent defendants. Successful candidates must have a Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school and be a member in good standing of the Florida Bar by the date they are scheduled to begin work.  Attorneys are required to be self-motivated, organized, able to communicate effectively with clients and other attorneys and professionals and must have a desire to work in the area of criminal defense.  Fluency in a second language is helpful but not required.

ASSISTANT PUBLIC DEFENDEROSCEOLA COUNTY

In addition to Orange County, the Ninth Circuit of Florida includes Osceola County, a rapidly expanding area in Central Florida.  Our Osceola County office is located in Kissimmee which is approximately thirty minutes from downtown Orlando.  Attorneys’ primary responsibility is to provide excellent, client-centered legal representation to indigent defendants.  Successful candidates must have a Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school and be a member in good standing of the Florida Bar on or before the date they are scheduled to begin work. Attorneys are required to be self-motivated, organized, able to communicate effectively with clients and other attorneys and professionals and must have a desire to work in the area of criminal defense.  Fluency in a second language is helpful but not required.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

The Ninth Circuit Office of the Public Defender provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, age, national origin or ancestry, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, membership in the uniformed services, genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable law.

If you are a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran, you have the right to request a reasonable accommodation in the application process. You can request reasonable accommodations by calling (407) 836-4806.

 

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.