Open Positions at Florida Legal Services

Florida Legal Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Florida Legal Services provides a fair and equal employment opportunity for associates and job applicants regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity, gender expression, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, Veteran status, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. FLS does not condone or tolerate an atmosphere of intimidation or harassment of any form and requires the cooperation of all staff in maintaining a discrimination and harassment-free atmosphere. If accommodation is needed in order to participate in the application process, please email us at work@floridalegal.org.


Criminal Justice Reform Attorney

Florida Legal Services (FLS) seeks a dynamic, self-starting attorney with vision and a demonstrated commitment to public interest law and criminal justice reform to fill a full-time position. The attorney will advance the work of our Institutional Legal Services Project which is dedicated to proactively representing youth, prisoners, immigrants, and others who are incarcerated or detained in state and federal institutions (and those recently released) in individual cases, class actions, and impact litigation to create systemic change and protect civil rights. 

This position will focus on advancing criminal justice reform and strategies to reduce mass incarceration in Florida. Subjects of litigation may include addressing unconstitutional conditions in Florida’s prisons, jails and juvenile detention facilities concerning, for example,  issues of solitary confinement, racial disparities, medical and mental healthcare, the rights of LGBTQ persons, disability rights, and sexual abuse. The focus of the position may change based on changes in the law, the circumstances in Florida, or the needs of the organization and our partners.

This position can be based from our Newberry, Orlando, Tallahassee, or Miami offices. 

Florida Legal Services is a statewide leader in advancing economic, social, and racial justice. We are a non-profit public interest law firm that advocates for poor, vulnerable, and hard to reach people through impact litigation, legislative and administrative advocacy, education, and strategic partnerships. 

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Conduct fact investigation, fact analysis, and legal research as part of impact litigation development and systemic policy advocacy related to criminal justice reform;

  • Conduct client interviews and case investigation at institutions around the state of Florida including prisons, jails, detention centers, and juvenile justice facilities;

  • Engage in effective and regular communications with clients, witnesses, co-counsel, experts, and state agencies;

  • Draft legal motions, briefs, memos, and other documents in support of impact litigation;

  • Draft and conduct all aspects of discovery;

  • Litigate impact cases at the trial and appellate levels in federal and state courts;

  • Respond to requests for legal assistance from incarcerated and formerly incarcerated persons;

  • Work with community-based organizations and other allies related to FLS litigation and policy goals; and

  • Any other duties as assigned by the Project Director.

JOB QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Juris Doctorate Degree;

  • At least three years of federal court civil litigation or comparable legal experience, preferably including litigation of systemic reform cases, prison litigation, and/or civil rights litigation;

  • Excellent research and writing skills;

  • Admission to the Florida Bar;

  • Excellent and consistent attention to detail and the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines;

  • Strong written and verbal communication, organizational skills, and time management abilities;

  • Initiative to work independently and ability to collaborate as part of a team;

  • Valid driver’s license;

  • Ability to travel extensively, including overnight travel;

  • Demonstrated commitment to social, racial, and economic justice;

  • Commitment to using trauma-informed approach to representing vulnerable populations;

  • Experience using LegalServer (or similar computer-based case management system) and Google Suites, a plus; and

  • Commitment to work and learn in a technology-based distributed office environment.

SALARY/BENEFITS:

Salary will be set depending on experience. FLS offers an excellent benefits package including 13 paid holidays a year, generous paid time off, and fully paid medical, dental, life, and vision insurance for employees.   

TO APPLY:

If you are interested in working with us, please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three professional references. Please include your salary requirements. Submissions should be in PDF format or Google Docs format (sent to us as a link) to work@floridalegal.org. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but to receive full consideration you are encouraged to submit your application no later than Friday, September 21, 2018.


Prisoner Rights Paralegal

Florida Legal Services (FLS) seeks a dynamic, self-starting paralegal with vision, initiative, and a demonstrated commitment to public interest law and criminal justice reform to fill a full-time paralegal position. The paralegal will assist in the work of our Institutional Legal Services Project which is dedicated to proactively representing youth, prisoners, immigrants, and others who are incarcerated or detained in state and federal institutions (and those recently released) in individual cases, class actions, and impact litigation to create systemic change and protect civil rights. 

This position can be based from our Newberry, Orlando, Tallahassee, or Miami offices. 

Florida Legal Services is a statewide leader in advancing economic, social, and racial justice. We are a non-profit public interest law firm that advocates for poor, vulnerable, and hard to reach people through impact litigation, legislative and administrative advocacy, education, and strategic partnerships. 

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Draft and/or assist attorneys with preparation of legal documents for electronic filing and service;

  • Assist with client interviews and case investigation at institutions around the state of Florida including prisons, jails, detention centers, and juvenile justice facilities;

  • Conduct fact investigation, fact analysis, and legal research as part of impact litigation development and systemic policy advocacy;

  • Assist in drafting public records requests and analyzing and organizing responses to requests;

  • Draft correspondence and maintain electronic case files;

  • Prepare and organize case research, notes, and legal documents;

  • Manage and organize information for discovery and conduct trial preparation;

  • Maintain case related deadlines;

  • Assist with statewide client intake statewide for incarcerated persons seeking legal assistance in accordance with FLS policies and procedures and attorneys' responsibilities; and

  • Any other duties as assigned by the paralegal’s supervisor.

JOB QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Valid driver’s license;

  • Ability to travel extensively, including overnight travel;

  • Demonstrated commitment to social, racial, and economic justice;

  • Excellent written and verbal communication, organizational skills, and time management abilities;

  • Experience using LegalServer (or similar computer-based case management system) and Google Suites, a plus;

  • Experience with community advocacy, organizing, or outreach, a plus; and

  • Commitment to work and learn in a technology-based distributed office environment.

SALARY/BENEFITS:

Salary will be set depending on experience. FLS offers an excellent benefits package including 13 paid holidays a year, generous paid time off, and fully paid medical, dental, life, and vision insurance for employees.  

TO APPLY:

If you are interested in working with us, please send a resume, a letter of introduction that explains how your experience and contributions will further the mission of FLS and this position, and your salary requirements in PDF format or Google Docs format (sent to us as a link) to work@floridalegal.org. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but to receive full consideration you are encouraged to submit your application no later than August 31, 2018.