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Staff Attorney (Entry-Level)

About the Florida Justice Center

Our Mission
To reduce the number of justice-involved people in Florida.

What We Do
Florida Justice Center is a nonprofit legal aid and reentry organization that is at the forefront of an emerging model of holistic legal services. By combining quality legal representation with social services, we are able to treat the whole person and address the issues that brought about their involvement in the justice system.

Position Summary
FLJC is seeking a Staff Attorney (Entry-Level) to provide direct services to indigent clients. This position will oversee sealing and expungement, driver license reinstatement, and community legal clinics. The position will also have some direct representation for probation issues, criminal defense, and post-conviction relief.

The candidate for this position should be social justice-minded and have an interest in criminal justice reform, public interest law, and community outreach.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Direct representation of clients of the Florida Justice Center as assigned by the Director of Legal Services
  • Organize and attend community legal clinics
  • Oversee the sealing and expungement of client arrest records
  • Oversee driver license reinstatement services
  • Fundraise to help pay for clinics and costs of service
  • Supervise non-CLI interns and volunteers
  • Recruit, maintain, and assign cases to pro bono attorneys
Specific Duties and Responsibilities
  • Interpret laws and explain them to clients so that they can better understand their legal options
  • Represent clients through traditional criminal defense techniques such as setting and taking depositions, interviewing witnesses, drafting and litigating motions, communicating with clients, and trial litigation
  • Negotiate plea deals, sentence, and settlements with an emphasis on diversion, alternatives to conviction, and alternatives to incarceration
  • Undergo ongoing training to stay updated about changes and new developments in the legal field
  • Conduct oneself in an ethical and professional manner at all times
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with legal professionals, as well as with clients and the general public
  • Manage a high caseload while maintaining communication with clients
Required Qualifications
  • J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school
  • Licensed and in good standing to practice law in Florida
  • Deep commitment to social justice and to increasing access to justice for indigent and underrepresented populations
  • Excellent written and organizational skills
  • Knowledgeable in legal research software and Microsoft Office suite of products. Fast adopter of new technology.
Compensation and Benefits
  • Starting pay is $48,000 – $50,000 per year
  • Paid time off and paid holidays
  • 50% paid medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • FLSA overtime exempt position

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