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.


Prisoner Rights Impact Litigation 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 location is flexible and can be based from our Newberry or Orlando offices, or remotely elsewhere in Florida.

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. Our institutional project is one of several statewide projects we operate with a focus on a specific vulnerable population.

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 Executive Director and/or 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 or ability to sit for Feb 2020 Florida Bar exam;

  • 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. Staff attorneys also may be eligible to apply for law school loan repayment assistance through The Florida Bar Foundation’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP). FLS provides a pension plan. Staff may also make contributions to a 403(b) retirement plan administered by organization.

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, June 7, 2019.


Statewide Civil Legal Aid Training Coordinator

A statewide position to coordinate an enhanced training initiative of the providers of civil legal assistance to the poor in Florida. The statewide coordinator will be an employee of Florida Legal Services, Inc. and will work collaboratively and regularly with both a statewide training committee composed of civil legal leaders and a committee of legal advocacy directors from various legal aid programs across Florida to develop and implement a high quality core curriculum for statewide training, and to improve the use of technology in training and professional development. The training initiative will be developed and implemented in conformity with the Florida Legal Aid Professional Development and Training Plan 2018-2019.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • The training coordinator will work under the supervision of Florida Legal Services’ Executive Director and management

  • The training coordinator will also work closely with the statewide training committee, legal aid advocacy directors, the private bar, and law schools to implement curriculum and training modules for staff of provider programs, in accordance with the approved Florida Legal Aid Professional Development and Training Plan

  • Work with the Florida Justice Technology Center to enhance the use of technology in training and the practice of law

  • Work in an ongoing manner to evaluate the success and efficacy of the Plan, and of the individual training events, and recommend adjustments as needed

JOB QUALIFICATIONS:

Education/Training:

  • A law degree with a background in training, or a similar professional degree in adult education, preferably with experience in the legal field, or

  • Comparable experience in the provision of legal and professional development training, for legal staff and professionals

Experience:

  • Organizing curricula for professionals

  • Leading and conducting adult learning programs

  • Utilizing technology in training, and law-related training development

  • Project management experience is helpful

Skills and Attributes:

  • Demonstrated commitment to equal access to justice for the poor

  • Strong leadership skills in leading a team to achieve project goals

  • Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills

  • Excellent organizational and prioritization skills

  • Strong 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

  • Ability to communicate and work with legal services organizations, the private bar, law schools, and other law-related organizations

  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with others

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. Staff attorneys also may be eligible to apply for law school loan repayment assistance through The Florida Bar Foundation’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP). FLS provides a pension plan. Staff may also make contributions to a 403(b) retirement plan administered by organization.

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, July 5, 2019.