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  • Monday, April 09, 2018 5:59 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    Kelley Kronenberg, a Florida-based law firm with offices throughout the state and beyond Florida, is accepting resumes from graduates for available positions in the firm's workers' compensation practice.  The positions are available in the firm's Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach offices.  The position is open to entry-level attorneys as well as those with up to one year of experience.  

    To apply, please send your resume to Chris Sweigart, Director of Legal Recruiting, at csweigart@kklaw.com. The firm has immediate needs and therefore applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.


  • Monday, March 26, 2018 12:03 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)


    Application due date is April 3, 2018.

  • Sunday, March 18, 2018 3:55 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    The Ninth Judicial Circuit Court is a progressive trial court in Central Florida where employees make a difference.  Our team of court professionals is richly diverse, with unique perspectives and ideas.  We encourage teamwork and individual contribution and pride ourselves on changing attitudes and doing things better.  We’re always interested in dynamic individuals who enjoy innovation, new ideas and the opportunity to serve others while leading the way to the court of tomorrow.

    Position description

    The Ninth Judicial Circuit Court has an opening for a General Magistrate to be assigned to Orange County with an anticipated start date of May 1, 2018. This is a professional, quasi-judicial position that carries a high degree of responsibility. The Magistrate will conduct hearings, make findings of fact, prepare reports and recommendations to the Circuit Judges, as well as draft proposed orders. The position requires knowledge of legal principles, statutory and case law, court rules and procedures, as well as, the ability to communicate clearly, effectively, and concisely, both verbally and in writing. The position requires the successful candidate to conduct hearings in a fair and impartial manner while keeping the proceedings orderly and within set time limits. Must have the ability to work with litigants who are in stressful situations. The Magistrate will hear matters referred by the Ninth Circuit Judges in one or more of the following divisions: Domestic, Juvenile, Civil, and Probate (Mental Health). This is a State funded position with benefits.

    Qualified applicants must be a member in good standing in The Florida Bar for at least five years immediately preceding employment and have at least one year of practice in at least one of the primary areas of assignment. The Applicant must be proficient in Word and Westlaw and must be able to personally prepare his/her own documents. The position has access to very limited administrative assistant services.

    This position requires the completion of a supplemental application available at https://www.ninthcircuit.org/sites/default/files/Magistrate%20Supplement.

    To apply, submit a State of Florida Employment Application with attached supplemental application, cover letter, résumé, and one short writing sample. Deadline to apply: 04/06/2018.  Please apply here.


    Equal opportunity employer


    The Ninth Judicial Circuit Court is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, or disability. Persons with a disability needing an accommodation for the application/selection process should notify Human Resources (407) 836‐2261 prior to the application deadline. If you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711.

  • Sunday, March 18, 2018 3:45 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    Earthjustice has multiple litigation positions in the USA. Please click on the links below.

    Associate Attorney

    Anchorage, AK or Juneau, AK

    Associate Attorney, Healthy Communities

    New York, NY

    Deputy Managing Attorney, Coal

    Philadelphia, PA

    Executive Assistant to the VPs Litigation

    New York, NY or Washington, DC

    Law Clerkship, Summer 2018

    Nationwide

    Legal Externship

    New York, NY or Philadelphia, PA

    Legal Externship

    San Francisco, CA

    Legal Externship, Spring or Fall

    Washington, DC

    Litigation Assistant

    Los Angeles, CA

    Outreach Contractor – Sustainable Food and Farming, Midwest

    Nationwide

    Outreach Contractor – Sustainable Food and Farming, Northeast

    Nationwide

    Post-Grad Legal Fellowship, Coal Program

    Chicago, IL  or  Philadelphia, PA  or  Washington, DC

    Staff Attorney

    Miami, FL

    Staff Attorney, Clean Energy

    Philadelphia, PA

    Staff Attorney, Clean Energy Florida

    Miami, FL or Tallahassee, FL

    Staff Attorney, Gas

    Nationwide

    Staff Attorney, Healthy Communities

    New York, NY

  • Wednesday, March 14, 2018 8:23 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    March 14, 2018
    CONTACT: Hans Ottinot, Chair; hottinot@sibfl.net, 
    The Florida Bar
    TELEPHONE: (305) 792-1765

    ELEVENTH CIRCUIT JUDICIAL NOMINATING COMMISSION ANNOUNCES CIRCUIT JUDGE VACANCY


    MIAMI – The Eleventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission has been asked to provide Governor Rick Scott with nominees for the vacancy in the Miami-Dade Circuit Court created by the resignation of Circuit Court Judge Antonio Marin.

    The Commission requests that interested candidates submit an application for consideration. Applicants must meet the qualifications for circuit court judges described in Article V, Section 8 of the Florida Constitution. 

    Applicants must deliver a complete original application by March 30, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. No copies shall be required. Any application delivered after the deadline will not be considered. The original application should be delivered to:


    Hans Ottinot, Esq.
    City Attorney’s Office for
    the City of Sunny Isles Beach
    18070 Collins Avenue
    Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160

    In addition to the original application, applicants must e-mail a PDF version of the application to Hans Ottinot, Esq., Chair (hottinot@sibfl.net) with personal information not subject to public disclosure—such as the social security number—redacted as permitted by Section 119.071 of the Florida Statutes. 

    Applicants are invited to provide the Chair with a one-page sheet listing the date, location and time of hearings or trials that they would want the Commissioners to observe. The one-page disclosure sheet is not mandatory and can be provided to the Chair at any time before the interview day. No information other than the date, location and time should be provided on the one-page sheet.

    Applications may be downloaded from The Florida Bar’s website at 

    www.flabar.org and the Office of the Governor at www.flgov.com. Applicants should include a recent photograph.

    NOTE TO APPLICANTS: 

    To assist the Judicial Nominating Commission in its review of applications, all questions must be fully and completely answered. Applications must include current contact information, including e-mail addresses, for judges, co-counsel, opposing counsel, and references to facilitate the background investigation that will be conducted by the members of the Commission.


    ELEVENTH CIRCUIT JUDICIAL NOMINATING COMMISSION MEMBERS


    Hans Ottinot (Chair)
    City Attorney’s Office for
    the City of Sunny Isles Beach
    18070 Collins Avenue
    Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160
    Tel.: 305-792-1765/ Fax: 305-792-1562
    hottinot@sibfl.net
    Hayden P. O’Byrne (Vice Chair)
    K&L Gates
    Southeast Financial Center, Suite 3900
    200 South Biscayne Blvd.
    Miami, FL 33131
    Tel.: 305-539-3381
    hayden.obyrne@klgates.com
    Luis E. Suárez 
    Boies Schiller Flexner LLP
    100 S.E. 2nd Street, Suite 2800
    Miami, FL 33131-2144
    Tel.: 305-539-8400
    Fax: 305-539-1307
    lsuarez@bsfllp.com
    Walter James Harvey
    School Board Attorney’s Office
    1450 NE 2nd Avenue, Suite 400
    Miami, FL 33132
    Tel.: 305-995-1304
    Fax: 305-995-1412
    walter.harvey@dadeschools.net
    Paul Huck, Jr.
    Jones Day
    Brickell World Plaza
    600 Brickell Avenue, Suite 3300
    Miami, FL 33131
    Tel.: 305-714-9700
    Fax: 305-714-9799
    paulhuck@jonesday.com
    Daniel S. Fridman 
    White & Case LLP
    Southeast Financial Center
    200 So. Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 4900
    Miami, FL 33131
    Tel.: 305-995-5264
    daniel.fridman@whitecase.com
    Robert H. Fernandez
    Gunster Law Firm
    Brickell World Plaza
    600 Brickell Avenue, Suite 3500
    Miami, FL 33131
    Tel.: 305-376-6000
    Fax: 786-425-4119
    rfernandez@gunster.com
    Robert R. Pardo
    Robert R. Pardo, P.A.
    7700 N. Kendall Drive, Suite 512
    Miami, FL 33156
    Tel.: 305-596-7794
    Fax: 305-596-5854
    RPardo@Pardolaw.com
    Christine Hernandez
    Office of the State Attorney, 11th Judicial Circuit, 1350 N.W. 12th Avenue
    Miami, FL 33136
    Tel.: 305-547-0100/ Fax: 305-547-0313
    ChristineHernandez@Miamisao.com

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  • Monday, March 12, 2018 12:51 AM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    The Florida Department of Management Services is currently recruiting for three senior attorney positions, with varying experience requirements. Please see below links for position qualifications:

    SENIOR ATTORNEY - 72003084

    SENIOR ATTORNEY - 72002483

    SENIOR ATTORNEY - SES - 72000898

    Postings Closing Date: 03/15/2018

  • Thursday, March 01, 2018 8:58 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)




    Role of Chief Diversity Officer and Senior


    Advisor to the President 


    The University of Florida is currently recruiting for an accomplished visionary to lead the university’s diversity efforts and establish a new standard for inclusive excellence. As a member of the president’s cabinet, the chief diversity officer and senior advisor to the president will have a strategic position responsible for promoting and enabling an exceptional environment for faculty, students, and staff. The position reports directly to the president, with close working relationships with the provost as well as the chief operating officer. The position serves as an advisor to the president and the president’s cabinet.

    The chief diversity officer provides leadership, expertise, and vision for the university’s new coordinated model for diversity and inclusion. The position serves in a collaborative and coordinating role with college and work-unit employees who are responsible for diversity and inclusion. The chief diversity officer facilitates sharing of best practices and identifies opportunities for greater alignment and more unified efforts across campus. The position will chair a senior advisory group of UF scholars and professionals providing expertise and support for initiatives.

    Priorities for this role are strategy and engagement; coordination and alignment; communications and issues management; and success metrics. Working with the appropriate cabinet member or university leader, the chief diversity officer may focus on learning and research; recruitment and retention of students, faculty, and staff; community relations; and university communications.


    Opportunities and Expectations for


    Leadership

    Strategy and engagement: Serves as the university’s executive-level strategist responsible for guiding practices and creating opportunities to define, assess, and promote inclusive excellence, access, and cultural proficiency. Collaborates with deans, campus leaders, students, and other key stakeholders to identify institutional priorities and short-term objectives that align with the university’s strategic goals as articulated in The Decade Ahead and enhance UF’s national reputation. Chairs a senior advisory group of UF scholars and professionals for whom diversity and inclusion are areas of expertise.

    Coordination and alignment: Works with diversity and inclusion liaisons throughout the university to support inclusive excellence. Facilitates shared best practices and identifies opportunities for greater alignment to ensure a more unified university-wide effort, when appropriate. Reinforces and supports a collaborative and decentralized approach. As budget allows, seeds faculty research to advance inclusive excellence and/or provides resources to support appropriate efforts at the college and work-unit level.

    Communications and issues management: Working with other senior leaders, provides subject-matter expertise related to emerging diversity and inclusion issues throughout the university and local communities. Develops a cohesive narrative of what inclusive excellence and diversity mean at UF and works with other leaders to communicate this vision consistently within the UF community and externally.

    Success metrics: Establishes and leverages key metrics to demonstrate both quantitative and qualitative progress toward a climate of inclusion.

    Expertise, consultation, and compliance: Provides evidence-based insight to support diversity and inclusion. Engages and consults with the Office of the Provost, Student Affairs, Human Resources, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, and other expert stakeholders to help support related efforts, including compliance, throughout campus.


    Qualities and Qualifications

    The university seeks a proven leader with demonstrated vision and the ability to execute for results. The successful candidate must have a thorough understanding of the challenges and opportunities present at a large, comprehensive research university or comparably complex enterprise; a record as a champion of diversity and inclusion; and an enthusiasm for advancing UF strategic initiatives. In addition, candidates should possess the following:



    Executive Leadership and Vision

    • Ability to develop a clear vision and strategy consistent with the university’s mission and best practices
    • Demonstrated leadership skills that result in the production of high-quality services and exceptional standards
    • Strategic thinking with the capability of contributing at the senior administrative level and leading other leaders
    • Experience implementing and managing effective diversity change efforts within a university



    Communication and Collaboration

    • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills that reflect effective listening, humility, and authentic engagement with individuals at all levels
    • Ability to effect results through networks rather than hierarchy
    • Strong collaboration skills with individual and group partners
    • Ability to facilitate and sustain a culture of trust and confidence



    Experience, Knowledge, and Education

    • Master’s degree with six years of relevant experience, or a bachelor’s degree with eight years
    • A terminal degree in a related field is strongly preferred; extensive executive leadership experience may be considered as a substitute
    • At least five years of experience in higher education, preferably at a large, complex research university
    • Knowledge of contemporary issues of inclusion, social justice, diversity, access, and equity, including the current scholarship and pedagogical approaches that inform and address these issues
    • Fundamental knowledge of how varied forms of institutional data can be leveraged to benchmark and track accountability for the diversity mission
    • Understanding of laws, regulations, and policies related to equity and diversity in higher education


    Compensation

    Salary is competitive and commensurate with education and experience. The University of Florida offers a generous benefits package that includes insurances, such as health, life, and dental as well as vacation, sick leave and personal days.


    Applications and Nominations

    To Apply or Nominate Someone The UF Strategic Talent Group is assisting the University of Florida with this important search. To obtain additional position information or to submit nominations of highly qualified candidates, please contact Kathy McKee, Talent Consultant, at talent@hr.ufl.edu or 352-273-2841. Interested individuals may submit an application directly through Careers at UF. The application packet should include a cover letter detailing how the applicant’s experience and skills meet the qualities and qualifications articulated in the position announcement; a resume or curriculum vitae; and contact information for three references. (References will not be contacted prior to further communication with the applicant.)




    Helpful Resources


    The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The University is committed to non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, genetic information and veteran status in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training.

    The “government in the sunshine” laws of Florida require that all documents relating to the search process, including letters of application/nomination and reference, be available for public inspection.

  • Monday, February 26, 2018 9:44 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    Requisition No: 30237 

    Agency: Children and Families

    Working Title: SENIOR ATTORNEY - 60043660

    Position Number: 60043660 

    Salary:  $67,000.00-$73,700.00 

    Posting Closing Date: 03/02/2018 

    SENIOR ATTORNEY POSITION-DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

    Assistant Regional Legal Counsel:  The Department of Children and Families for the Southern Region is seeking an Assistant Regional Legal Counsel to fill a senior attorney position.  Under the direction of the Regional Legal Counsel, the Assistant Regional Legal Counsel represents the Department and coordinates legal activities for the Department within the geographical boundaries of Southern Region (Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties), including Judicial Circuits Eleven and Sixteen. 

    The Assistant Regional Legal Counsel is a select exempt service legal position, which implements the delivery of professional legal services to the region pursuant to the policies, procedures and standards established within the Department.  The incumbent in this position reports directly to the Regional Legal Counsel, who is responsible for implementing and directing legal representation for the circuits and region.  This position requires extensive knowledge of state statutes, federal regulations, administrative rules, and rules of judicial procedure.

    Under the direction of Regional Legal Counsel, the Assistant Regional Legal Counsel assists in planning, management, implementation, and operation of the legal services performed in the circuits and region. 

    The Assistant Regional Legal Counsel advises the Regional Director as well as region staff about legal and policy decisions which affect the day to day activities of the region.  This responsibility includes attending meetings, as well as providing counsel and advice to staff concerning the legal ramifications of potential litigation, legislation, policy decisions, court decisions, and Department legal opinions of statewide importance. 

    The Assistant Regional Counsel acts in a confidential capacity to advise and assist the Regional Legal Counsel in formulating policies which are applicable to collective bargaining unit employees; in the administration of agreements resulting from collective bargaining negotiations; and in a variety of matters dealing with personnel administration and employee relations, to include representing the Department in union grievances, Public Employees Relations Commission (PERC) hearings and in personnel civil litigation, as need arises.

    The Assistant Regional Legal Counsel, under the direction of the Regional Legal Counsel, implements the legal opinions and policies established and issued by the Department’s General Counsel. 

    The Assistant Regional Legal Counsel is responsible for assisting in the supervision and management of outside contract attorneys who represent the Department in circuit legal matters. 

    The Assistant Regional Legal Counsel should demonstrate leadership within the broadest regional legal community, maintaining sound and productive relationships with the judiciary, the Florida Bar, private and public law firms, and other legal stakeholders.

    Under the supervision and direction of the Regional Legal Counsel, specific responsibilities include:

    Serves as legal counsel in circuit operations involving regional policy, participating in planning, organizing, and directing the implementation of legal functions in the region. 

    Represents the Regional Director and the Department in legal matters, including, but not limited to, public benefits, foster care, adoptions, public records, licensing, contract review, employment, exemption from employment disqualification and public records. 

    Has an advisory interrelationship with the Statewide Director and regional managing attorneys for Child Legal Services with respect to family safety law and policy, working with them in close communication and coordination, particularly with respect to litigation and appellate matters pertaining to multiple practice areas, and all matters of statewide importance.

    Provides advice and counsel to circuit committees and sub-committees. Attends Alliance and related meetings as requested. 

    Provides PERC, public records and related trainings, as well as other circuit trainings at the direction of the Regional Legal Counsel and the Regional Director or at the request of the General Counsel.

    Supervises or provides oversight and administrative assistance for all litigation functions relating to representing the circuits in state and federal courts.

    Assists in the day to day administration and supervision of the circuits’ legal office.  Supervises circuit legal staff that may include, but not be limited to, paralegal specialists, secretarial and administrative staff, and support staff, as well as legal interns and junior level Assistant Regional Counsels. Coordinates legal services provided by attorneys contracting within the circuit and Region.

    Conducts varied trial litigation and pretrial discovery in both federal and state courts.  Represents the Department in general civil appellate cases (other than appellate cases within the jurisdiction of Child Legal Services) in federal and state courts on matters that arise in the Region.

    Prepares written legal opinions involving federal and state statute interpretations, administrative rules, and court decisions consistent with agency policy and direction from the Office of the General Counsel. 

    Other duties as necessary to the best interests of the Region, Department, and State as assigned.

    The salary is based on qualifications. A minimum of 3 years practicing law as well as good standing with the Florida Bar are required.

    The salary range for this position is $67,000 to 73,700 per year, and includes an excellent benefits package with health benefits, life insurance, dental insurance benefits, four weeks paid vacation, paid state holidays off with pay, a personal day, paid sick leave, and a state funded retirement package. 

    To apply, please submit an online application that includes a cover letter, a resume, a law school transcript, a writing sample, and any additional documents you feel would assist the employer.  Please include any relevant trial or appellate experience. Use the link to apply through State of Florida People First, https://jobs.myflorida.com/job/MIAMI-SENIOR-ATTORNEY-60043660-FL-33128/459060100/.

    The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

    Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

    The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

  • Monday, February 26, 2018 9:29 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    THE CITY OF OPA-LOCKA is seeking a Civil Traffic Infraction Hearing Officer to conduct administrative hearings related to notices of violation issued for red light camera infractions in accordance with s.316.0083, Florida Statutes. Qualified applicant must be a member of the Florida Bar in good standing for at least 5 years; not already serving as a hearing officer or holding a public office for another jurisdiction or for the State of Florida; and must have completed, or be willing to complete, a 40-hour education and training program approved by the Florida Supreme Court. Red Light Camera Hearings are anticipated to last no longer than four hours, one day per month. Letters of interest with resumes should be emailed to Michele Samaroo, Assistant City Attorney at msamaroo@opalockafl.gov by March 2, 2018.

  • Monday, February 26, 2018 9:06 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    Earthjustice is now accepting applications for a Staff Attorney to join our team of lawyers and advocates who are using the power of the law to speed the transition of our nation’s energy system away from dirty fossil fuels and to promote clean energy in its stead.  The position will preferably be based in our Philadelphia, Pennsylvania office, but for the right candidate we would also consider placing the position in Chicago, Washington DC, or New York City.   

    While the position will be housed in Earthjustice’s Coal Program, the Staff Attorney’s work will focus on challenging proposed gas-fired power plants and related infrastructure to help ensure that as coal plants retire they are replaced with clean energy, rather than new gas capacity.  The Staff Attorney will be tasked with advancing and expanding Earthjustice’s current gas docket, especially in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions, primarily through increased engagement in state public utility commissions that oversee resource planning and cost recovery by regulated utilities.  The attorney will work closely with staff in our Coal and Clean Energy Programs who have years of experience litigating in public utility commissions and other forums where many of the decisions about our nation’s energy future are made.  Click here for more information about the Coal Program, and here for the Clean Energy Program. 

    RESPONSIBILITIES

    • Litigate cases from beginning to end, performing all aspects of litigation.
    • Develop litigation and legal advocacy strategies to support program goals.
    • Collaborate and manage relationships with co-counsel, clients, and coalition partners.
    • Cultivate new clients, allies, and coalition partners in support of program goals.
    • Supervise the work of Associate Attorneys and Litigation Assistants.
    • Serve as spokesperson for Earthjustice, clients, and partners.
    • Help develop and execute effective media strategies.
    • Work effectively with other departments within Earthjustice, including Communications, Development, and Policy and Legislation.

    QUALIFICATIONS

    • Law school graduates who are admitted, or willing to apply for admission, to the state bar where they are located.
    • A minimum of 7 years of litigation experience.
    • Excellent litigation skills, including top-notch legal research, writing, and oral advocacy skills, with a strong preference for affirmative litigation experience
    • Ability to manage a litigation docket effectively, lead a litigation team, and work collaboratively with colleagues and partner organizations
    • Knowledge and experience in energy law and issues is strongly preferred.
    • Proficient at working with technical experts.
    • Strong skills in communicating litigation and advocacy goals and messages to the media. 
    • Ability to work independently and in collaboration with client partners and staff
    • Strong and demonstrated initiative, good judgment, and work ethic
    • Ability and willingness to travel as needed for case work, court appearances, and presentations.
    • Commitment to serving the public interest, and a passion for the role of Earthjustice and its mission.
    • Demonstrated awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and orientations.
    • Commitment to help create a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences.

    We offer a mission- and employee-focused work environment and a competitive compensation package, including excellent benefits. Earthjustice is an equal opportunity employer and highly values diversity. Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

    TO APPLY

    Interested candidates should submit a:

    • Resume.
    • Cover letter that addresses why you want to work at Earthjustice and/or what life experiences draw you to Earthjustice’s mission.
    • Writing sample, preferably a legal brief or memorandum that primarily reflects your work.
    • List of three references.

    Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 

    Click link to apply: https://app.jobvite.com/j?aj=oo6W6fwg&s=Bar_Association.

    Please reach out to jobs@earthjustice.org if you are having technical difficulties submitting your application. No phone calls, drop-ins, or hard copies.

    Closing Date:  May 20, 2018.

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