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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


    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


    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 


    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. 


    • 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.


    • 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.


    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.

  • Monday, February 26, 2018 8:57 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    Earthjustice is seeking a staff attorney with substantial community lawyering experience to join its Northeast regional office in New York City. Filling the position will build our capacity to represent communities in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania that face disproportionate environmental burdens.

    The Healthy Communities program is at the heart of Earthjustice’s mission to defend the right of all people to a healthy environment. This program encompasses work on clean air, clean water, toxic chemicals, pesticides, and waste facilities, as well as related domestic and international issues. The attorney selected for this position will focus on local enforcement litigation and other legal advocacy driven by the concerns of communities and partners within our region. The staff attorney would be located in New York City.


    Help expand our place-based engagement, work and partnerships with community-based groups.

    Conduct factual investigations and develop legal theories for possible advocacy or litigation work; draft pleadings and briefs; and otherwise manage new and existing cases in state or federal courts and administrative tribunals.

    Advise other regional office lawyers in the conduct of effective community-based legal work.

    Supervise the work of more junior lawyers, interns, and litigation assistants.

    Manage relationships with outside co-counsel, clients, and coalition partners.

    Coordinate community-based environmental health work with national strategies and litigation in other program areas.

    Integrate communications and legislative advocacy into litigation and other legal strategies.

    Support ongoing office work to build a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace.


    Lawyer with at least six years of litigation experience, who is admitted, or will seek admission, to the NYS bar.

    Experience working with or representing community or grassroots groups.

    Experience in administrative and pre-trial proceedings; evidentiary hearings; and appellate litigation.

    Good research, analysis, writing, and oral advocacy skills.

    A commitment to public interest work and a passion for environmental justice.

    Ability to work both independently and in collaboration with others.

    Aware of and sensitive to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and orientations.

    Interest in contributing to the creation of 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.


    Using the Jobvite application tool, please submit:


    One- or two-page cover letter that addresses at least the following subjects: (1) why you are drawn to Earthjustice’s mission and whether there are particular legal, environmental, or justice issues that inspire you; and (2) aspects of your background that demonstrate competence to work with diverse clients and colleagues.

    Writing sample, preferably a legal brief or memorandum that primarily reflects your work.

    List of three references.

    Click link to apply: https://app.jobvite.com/j?aj=oHbF6fwn&s=GSCBWLA

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

    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 11, 2018.

  • Thursday, February 15, 2018 10:42 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    Department:  Magistrate

    Starting Salary:  $80,369.32

    Pay Frequency:  Annually

    Pay Grade:  35

    Position Number:  22010619 / 22010620

    State Funded Position


    This position is responsible professional legal work calendaring and conducting hearings and make determinations on child support matters referred for hearing by family court judges. The Hearing Officer takes and evaluates evidence and testimony from witnesses and technical experts, uses that information in making findings of fact, conclusions of law and recommendations for the family court judges. The Hearing Officer is responsible for setting referred cases for hearing, conducting hearings, making determinations on cases, and preparing reports and recommendations with accompanying orders for the referring judge’s signature. This position reports directly to the Chief Judge or a designee.

    Minimum Qualifications

    Graduate from an accredited law school, membership in good standing in the Florida Bar and five years of experience in the practice of law including at least one year of experience in family law.

    Essential Duties

    The selected candidate will review judge’s orders of referral and conducts legal research in preparation for hearing family law cases, schedule cases and conducts hearings in compliance with applicable regulations and laws; gathers data in the form of documentary evidence and testimony. This person will review reports and recommendations submitted by attorneys and considers related research and information presented at hearings to make case determination; in the form of recommended orders and reports to the courts. The hearing officer takes and evaluates evidence and testimony from witnesses and technical experts and uses that in making legal factual recommendations. Also makes ruling on pre-trial and post judgement motions including discovery, dismissal and motions for relief, clarification and re-hearings.

    Knowledge Skills and Abilities

    The ideal candidate will have knowledge of and ability to interpret and apply Florida statutes, case law and Florida rules of Court. Knowledge of the rules of evidence and the ability to take evidence. Ability to work with litigants who are in stressful situations. Possess a professional, collaborative, and upbeat approach to their work and leadership style. Effective communication and interpersonal skills, both verbal and written, the ability to prioritize and work under tight deadlines are essential to success in the role. Applicants must have strong analytical and problem solving skills, attention to detail and advanced proficiency with and Microsoft Office Suite and JVS or other case management system. Must have a demonstrated ability to interact with a diverse set of people in an open and friendly manner.

    How to Apply

    Each completed package shall include the following:

    • Cover Letter
    • Resume
    • Brief writing sample, between three and five pages in length
    • Supplemental to Application for Position of Magistrate. Download application.pdf.png
    • State of Florida Application. Download applicationpdf.png

    The application package must be submitted to: Chief of Personnel, Tammy Anton, at CAD-Recruiting@pbcgov.org.


    Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications will continue to be received until 5:00 PM on Friday, March 2, 2018. Submission of an application does not guarantee the applicant an interview. Applicants will be subject to a criminal background check. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate against any of the protected classes.

    If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in the interviewing process once selected, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Tammy Anton, Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator, Palm Beach County Courthouse, 205 North Dixie Highway West Palm Beach, Florida 33401; telephone number (561) 355-4380 at least 7 days before your scheduled either in-person or telephonic interview; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call “711.”

  • Thursday, February 15, 2018 10:31 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    February 9, 2018
    William G. McCormick, Chair; william.mccormick@gray-robinson.com
    Seventeenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
    (954) 761-8111

    As a result of the resignation of Judge Claudia Robinson, the Seventeenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission is accepting applications for a vacancy on the Broward County Court.

    1. Applications for this County Court vacancy must be received by 3:00 pm on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, and should be delivered to:

    Seventeenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
    c/o William G. McCormick, Chair
    GrayRobinson, P.A.
    401 East Las Olas Boulevard, Suite 1000
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
    (954) 761-8111

    Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. All applicants must have been members of The Florida Bar for at least five (5) years, electors of the State of Florida, and residents of the Seventeenth Circuit before taking office.

    2. The Judicial Applications are available online at The Florida Bar website www.flabar.org. To be considered, applicants must submit the following, without exception:

    (a) One original application, typed and bound securely;

    (b) One separate redacted copy of the application excluding all exempt information under Chapter 119, Florida Statutes, or other applicable public records law;

    (c) An electronic copy of both the application and the redacted application, saved in PDF format, each on a separate password-secured flash drive, with the applicant’s name clearly indicated on the exterior of the flash drives. Each PDF must be a single file not to exceed 8 Mb. The applicant shall provide the password(s) for the flash drives on a separate piece of paper, and shall not write the password on the exterior of the flash drives. No other attachments or files are to be included on the flash drives;

    (d) All letters of recommendation in your possession that you wish the Commission to consider shall be included as attachments to the original application and the redacted copy, and shall be included with the applications saved on the flash drives;

    (e) The financial disclosure information requested in the application, inclusive of a completed Form 6 (Full and Public Disclosure of Financial Interest) must be submitted with the original application, the redacted application and the electronic copies of each;

    (f) A recent photograph of the applicant shall be attached to the application and redacted application, and included as an attachment to the applications saved to the flash drives;

    (g) Any additional information which you feel may be helpful to the Commission in assessing your qualifications shall be included as attachments to the application and redacted application, and shall be included with the copies of each saved to the flash drives.

    3. Please strictly follow all requests and instructions in this notice. Failure to do so could result in your application not being considered.

    4. The Commission strongly suggests that you submit your application as soon as it is prepared and well before the deadline.

    5. After the deadline for submitting applications, the Commission will determine which applicants will be interviewed. If you are selected to be interviewed, you will be contacted to confirm the date, time and location of your interview, if other than indicated in this Notice.

    6. Presently, the interviews are scheduled to be conducted on Thursday, April 5, 2018, commencing at 8:30 AM, at the Broward County Bar Association, 1051 S.E. 3rd Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316.

    7. All proceedings of the Commission are open to the public, except for deliberations. Accordingly, you should notexpect your application and/or information to be kept confidential, subject to applicable Florida Statutes.

    8. If an applicant is nominated, all materials attached to the original application will be submitted to the Governor’s Office, which may request additional copies of same.

    9. If there is any question about the application process, please contact the Chair of the JNC, William G. McCormick, or his assistant, Gale Myerowitz.


  • Thursday, February 15, 2018 10:19 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    February 14, 2018
    CONTACT: Hans Ottinot, Chair; hottinot@sibfl.net,
    Eleventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission
    TELEPHONE: 305-792-1765

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

    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 2, 2018, at 5 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 Ave.
    Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160
    In addition to the original application, applicants must email a PDF version of the application to Hans Ottinot, 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.floridabar.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 email addresses, for judges, co-counsel, opposing counsel and references to facilitate the background investigation that will be conducted by the members of the commission.


    Hans Ottinot (Chair)
    City Attorney's Office for the City of Sunny Isles Beach
    18070 Collins Ave.
    Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160
    Tel.: 305-792-1765
    Fax: 305-792-1562

    Hayden P. O'Byrne (Vice Chair) 
    K&L Gates
    Southeast Financial Center, Suite 3900
    200 S. Biscayne Blvd.
    Miami, FL 33131
    Tel.: 305-539-3381

    Daniel S. Fridman
    White & Case LLP
    Southeast Financial Center
    200 S. Biscayne Blvd., Suite 4900
    Miami, FL 33131
    Tel.: 305-995-5264

    Robert H. Fernandez
    Gunster Law Firm
    Brickell World Plaza
    600 Brickell Ave., Suite 3500
    Miami, FL 33131
    Tel.: 305-376-6000
    Fax: 786-425-4119

    Walter James Harvey
    School Board Attorney's Office
    1450 NE 2nd Ave., Suite 400
    Miami, FL 33132
    Tel.: 305-995-1304
    Fax: 305-995-1412

    Christine Hernandez-Baldwin
    Office of the State Attorney, 11th Judicial Circuit
    1350 N.W. 12th Ave.
    Miami, FL 33136
    Tel.: 305-547-0100
    Fax: 305-547-0313

    Paul Huck, Jr.
    Jones Day
    600 Brickell Ave.
    Brickell World Plaza, Suite 3300
    Miami, FL 33131
    Tel.: 305-714-9700
    Fax: 305-714-9799

    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

    Luis E. Suárez
    Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP
    100 S.E. 2nd St., Suite 2800
    Miami, FL 33131-2144
    Tel.: 305-539-8400
    Fax: 305-539-1307


  • Saturday, February 10, 2018 6:42 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    Earthjustice Project Attorney, Risk Management

    The Contract, Compliance and Risk Management Project Attorney (Project Attorney) will be responsible for leading projects, rolling out/implementing revised or new legal compliance processes and following up to measure their effectiveness.  The Project Attorney supports the GC in law practice management functions of our public interest law firm, including conducting legal research, investigating potential methods of assuring good contracting practices, assuring compliance with legal ethical standards, assisting in improving lawyer onboarding/training, developing a more advanced method of assuring appropriate tracking and reporting of the organization’s lobbying activities, and developing mechanisms for compliance in a number of other areas.  The Project Attorney may also work closely with the Litigation Operations Manager and other leaders and staff members throughout the organization.  The Project Attorney should be a good planner, consensus builder, able to persuade others and get projects to timely conclusion.

    This is a full-time, 2-year position with a potentially renewable term.


    Contracts (30%):

    • Review or draft contracts on an as-needed basis
    • Update contract templates as needed
    • Identify and manage implementation of system for centralizing contract management
    • Put in place controls to ensure good contracting practices
    • Maintain contract management system, assess performance and make any necessary changes
    • As needed, select and supervise outside counsel; occasionally function as the client representative of Earthjustice

    Risk Management (50%):

    • Improve system for assuring lobbying registration and reporting
    • Review insurance policies, benchmark, evaluate organizational risks/needs, prepare GC for annual insurance renewal
    • Partner with Senior Operations Manager to complete, monitor compliance and conduct ongoing research/necessary revisions to physical security project and disaster preparation plans
    • Determine need for compliance calendaring system as well as operational departmental legal calendaring system; assist with designing solution
    • Provide support for corporate governance projects
    • Provide support to GC on ethics compliance issues
    • Serve on project team for development and roll out of new document management system and document retention revision/compliance project
    • Provide compliance guidance to leadership on corporate governance, financial structures, investments and other significant organizational issues as needed
    • Conduct legal research on a variety of subjects, interpret laws, rulings and regulations and determine how they apply to Earthjustice
    • Research, present options, gain consensus, select and retain firm to monitor trademark use
    • Perform other duties as assigned

    Litigation Practice (20%):

    • Support GC and HR by playing a lead role in developing content for onboarding of new lawyers, rolling out the onboarding, auditing results of roll out and remedying any deficiencies that become apparent in the onboarding training over time
    • Develop or identify appropriate legal compliance training for all lawyers in the areas of employment, ethics and other areas where needs are identified
    • Research and provide guidance to regional offices regarding unique regional legal requirements at the request of those individual regional offices


    • J.D. with strong academic record
    • California state Bar admission and good standing
    • Minimum of 5 years of successful experience practicing law
    • Experience with cost effective management of outside legal resources
    • Experience drafting and revising contracts
    • Experience leading projects in a law firm or legal department context
    • Solid knowledge of law firm best practices
    • Contributes to the creation of a diverse, equitable and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences.
    • Demonstrates an awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations.

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Litigation-based practice experience
    • Experience selecting and implementing technology used in law firms
    • Knowledge of non-profit corporate law in the state of California
    • Experience working on matters of corporate governance
    • Experience in analyzing and addressing legal ethics matter
    • Experience contributing to training and organizational learning
    • Experience with employment law
    • Experience overseeing key elements of organizational risk assessment and management
    • Experience with real estate law
    • Working knowledge of federal tax law as it applies to 501(c)(3) organizations in general and public-interest law firms in particular
    • Non-profit experience although it can be through pro bono service

    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


    Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter here.  Closing date: May 4, 2018.

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

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