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  • Wednesday, February 07, 2018 12:49 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    January 26, 2018
    CONTACT: Hans Ottinot, Chair; hottinot@sibfl.net
    TELEPHONE: (305) 792-1765
    Eleventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission



    MIAMI – The Eleventh Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission has been asked to provide Gov. Rick Scott with nominees for the vacancy in the Miami-Dade County Court created by the death of County Court Judge Shelley J. Kravitz.

    The Commission requests that interested candidates submit an application for consideration. Applicants must meet the qualifications for county court judges described in Article V, Section 8 of the Florida Constitution and Section 34.021 of the Florida Statutes.

    Applicants must deliver a complete original application by February 23, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. No copies shall be required. Any application delivered after the deadline will not be considered. Applications submitted for this vacancy and the vacancy created by the elevation of County Court Judge Spencer J. Multack will be reviewed at the same time. One application is sufficient for both vacancies. 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.

    Members of the bench, the Bar, and the public are encouraged to contact the members of the Commission concerning applicants for judicial positions.


  • Sunday, January 21, 2018 2:33 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    United States Magistrate Judge for the Middle District of Florida

    The Middle District of Florida will appoint a full-time magistrate judge for the Tampa division. The annual salary is $188,692.00. The term of office is eight years, beginning August 1, 2018. The magistrate judge must remain in the Tampa division.

    The Middle District uses a magistrate judge to the maximum extent permissible under 28 U.S.C § 636. The minimum qualifications for appointment as a magistrate judge are established in 28 U.S.C. § 631(b) and in Chapter 1 of the Regulations of the Judicial Conference establishing standards and procedures for the appointment and re-appointment of United States Magistrate Judges.

    Comprising lawyers and other members of the community, a Merit Selection Panel will review each application. After an interview of selected applicants, the panel will recommend to the district judges the five applicants whom the panel considers best qualified. The district court will interview the five finalists but will appoint the new magistrate judge only after a satisfactory FBI full-field investigation and a satisfactory IRS tax check of the proposed appointee. The appointee must comply with the financial disclosure requirements of the Ethics in Government Act of 1978, 5 U.S.C. app. 4 §§ 101-111.

    The required application is available at each division's office of the Clerk of the Court or at www.flmd.uscourts.gov. Each applicant must submit by mail or by hand-delivery an original, completed application and five copies, including a recent and in-depth writing sample. Also, each applicant must e-mail an electronic version of the application to resume_orl@flmd.uscourts.gov. Letters of recommendation are neither required nor encouraged. The Clerk must receive each original application, regardless of the mode of delivery, at the following address by 5:00 p.m. on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2018.

    Elizabeth Warren, Clerk of the Court
    United States District Court, Middle District of Florida
    Attn: Magistrate Judge Applications
    401 W. Central Blvd., Suite 2100
    Orlando, Florida 32801-0210

    Unless the applicant consents to additional disclosure, only the members of the selection panel, the district judges, and necessary court staff will view the applications. The selection panel's and the district judges' deliberation will remain confidential.

  • Sunday, January 21, 2018 2:01 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    The FBI – Miami Division will be hosting a Diversity Agent Recruiting (DAR) Event in February of 2018. This event is known as the DAR and represents an innovative and exciting opportunity for working professionals to learn about employment opportunities and careers with the FBI. This will be the first time that an FBI DAR event will be hosted in the South Florida area.  This event is geared towards attracting working professionals and other qualified individuals for the FBI Special Agent position. For any additional questions, the FBI – Miami Division point of contact: Special Agent Alexis Carpinteri at acarpinteri@fbi.gov or 754-703-3276.

  • Sunday, January 21, 2018 1:49 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    Hertz Corporate Counsel – Employment Law Position

    The Corporate Counsel – Employment Law position is a member of the Hertz Law Department and its Labor & Employment practice group, reporting to the Vice President, Labor & Employment.  It is an employment law specialist position located in Hertz’s Global Headquarters in Estero, Florida.  Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

    • Being a trusted advisor to all levels of management and HR professionals, providing practical, timely, and strategic counsel on a wide range of employment matters arising under Federal, State, and Local laws
    • Direct, hands-on management of sophisticated employment litigation matters, including class action lawsuits, as well as administrative and regulatory matters
    • Monitoring substantive developments in employment laws and incorporating that knowledge in providing prompt and actionable advice
    • Drafting and reviewing corporate policies to ensure legal compliance
    • Developing and maintaining highly productive relationships with corporate and local operating management, as well as HR staff
    • Creating and implementing field training programs and project plans
    • Negotiating and drafting employment-related agreements
    • Travel as required by litigation and other work demands


    The successful applicant must have:

    • A JD from an accredited law school in the top 25% of his/her class
    • Membership in good standing in the Bar of at least one State and able to become certified as Authorized House Counsel in Florida on application
    • A minimum of 4 years’ experience as a practicing employment attorney with a private law firm, corporate in-house legal department, and/or government agency
    • The ability to give solid, practical advice that can be understood and used in a fast-paced business environment
    • Superior communication and interpersonal skills, including an ability to build teams and lead through collaboration
    • A strong work ethic, proven ability to meet deadlines on multiple projects simultaneously,
    • with a very high level of autonomy
    • Ability to read, write, and fluently speak and understand the English language.
    • Excellent PC skills, including proficiency in Excel

    Mandatory Requirements

    The ideal candidate will also:

    • Have first-chair employment litigation experience
    • Be strategic and analytical, not just smart
    • Prior experience working with a unionized workforce

    Please apply here

  • Friday, December 22, 2017 12:57 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    The Broward County’s Office of the County Attorney seeks an experienced Paralegal for its Real Estate and Public Finance practice group.  Candidate should be extremely detail oriented, and have experience working with multiple attorneys and managing multiple files and cases in a fast-paced environment.  This position will support attorneys who practice in transactional, litigation, and administrative areas.  Candidate will be expected to learn the structure of County government and the procedures for the Board of County Commissioners and other County Boards and Agencies. 

    Please submit resume and cover letter to Jackie Jackson at jjackson@broward.org

  • Friday, December 22, 2017 12:48 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    Legal Fellowship - ACLU of Florida, Jacksonville

    The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Florida (ACLU-FL) invites applications for the Crag Orear Legal Fellowship. The fellowship is a full-time, two-year position (with possible renewal based on funding availability), located in our Northeast Regional office in Jacksonville. The Fellow will be a member of the ACLU-FL Legal Department, working under the supervision of the Legal Director. The Fellow’s focus will be split: 50% devoted to advancing LGBTQIA issues, and the other 50% devoted to advancing the organization’s litigation and public policy priorities in other civil rights and civil liberties areas.


    The ACLU-FL, the state’s largest civil rights and civil liberties organization, is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization that employs litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education to protect and promote a broad range of constitutional values and individual rights, such as freedom of speech, racial justice, right to privacy, religious liberty, criminal justice reform, voting rights, reproductive rights, LGBTQIA rights, disability rights, and immigrants’ rights. The ACLU-FL litigates a broad range of complex constitutional cases in federal and state courts through direct representation, filing amicus briefs, and submitting administrative complaints to state and federal agencies.

    The ACLU-FL is an affiliate of the national ACLU which implements its vital civil liberties mission in all 50 states in large part through affiliate entities such as the ACLU-FL. Operating out of four Regional offices (in Miami, Tampa, Pensacola, and Jacksonville), the Florida affiliate has 30 staff members, placing it among the larger ACLU affiliates in the nation.

    Roles and Responsibilities 

    Litigate cases in state and federal courts. This includes working and co-counseling with cooperating attorneys; conducting extensive research and factual investigations; writing motions, briefs, and other court filings; court appearances; and oral arguments.

    Identify and develop new cases and litigation strategies in the ACLU-FL’s programmatic priority areas.

    Supervise volunteers, student interns and legal fellows.

    Support and promote the work of the organization on ACLU priority civil rights/civil liberties issues.

    Participate where appropriate on relevant task forces and coalitions.

    Work closely with the ACLU-FL’s Public Policy, Advocacy and Communications departments in helping to advance the ACLU’s public policy objectives.

    Assist in developing and writing advocacy materials, including blog and media materials.

    Engage in public speaking and articulate ACLU policies and programs to the public and the media on a broad range of issues.

    Experience and Qualifications 

    J.D. degree and a minimum of three years of litigation experience required. Preference will be given to candidates with experience working to advance LGBTQIA rights. Responsibilities will be commensurate with experience and demonstrated skill level.

    Membership in the Florida Bar.

    Excellent analytic, legal research, factual investigation, and writing skills.

    Ability to synthesize complex issues and communicate them effectively to diverse audiences, including: elected officials, attorneys, advocates, impacted communities, supporters, the media, and the general public.

    Proven project management and organizational skills, including the ability to work independently, attention to detail, and the ability to meet deadlines while under pressure.

    Ability to work collaboratively and in team settings is essential.

    Ability and willingness to travel around the State.

    Demonstrated commitment to civil rights/civil liberties, and the mission and goals of the ACLU.

    Fluency in Spanish is a plus, but not required.


    The ACLU-FL offers a salary which is comparable to other public interest law firms in the area and will be set depending upon the person’s level of experience. The ACLU-FL also provides a generous and comprehensive compensation and benefits package which includes health and dental insurance, a Defined Contribution 401k retirement plan, and vacation, holiday and sick leave policies.

    How to Apply

    Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, original legal writing sample, and contact information for three references to jobs@aclufl.org. Please indicate, “Crag Orear Legal Fellowship, Jacksonville Northeast Regional Office,” in the subject line of your email, and indicate in your cover letter where you learned of this job posting.

    Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

    The ACLU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, people of color, persons with disabilities, native Americans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.

  • Friday, December 22, 2017 12:38 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    Appointment of Full Time United States Magistrate Judge

    The United States District Court, Northern District of Florida is currently accepting applications for a full-time magistrate judge position to be resident in Panama City, Florida. Please see the full Public Notice for more details. Applications must be received in accordance with the instructions provided by March 2, 2018

    The full Public Notice is available here.
    Application (Microsoft Word format)
    Application (Adobe PDF format)

  • Friday, December 22, 2017 12:29 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    The Miami-Dade County Law Library is seeking applicants for a Law Librarian position.

    Minimum Qualifications

    Master's degree in Library Science or related program from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited library science program and/or Juris Doctorate and membership in The Florida Bar.  Professional experience as a law librarian to include experience with written legal research and legal research databases is preferred. Computer skills with website software and catalog software are preferred.  Good written and communication skills are desired.  Knowledge of Spanish and/or Creole is preferred. 

    Please apply here

  • Monday, December 18, 2017 12:55 AM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    The Florida Bar Foundation is accepting nominations for its 2018 Medal of Honor Awards. The awards recognize outstanding achievements by Florida residents in improving our state's justice system.  Recipients are selected in two categories.  The first category is for a member of The Florida Bar actively engaged in the practice of law.  The second category is for a non-lawyer, or an attorney who is not actively engaged in the practice of law.  Nominations are due at the Foundation office by February 2, 2018. Please submit your nominations by using the buttons below.






  • Sunday, December 17, 2017 11:30 PM | Nakia Ruffin (Administrator)

    Training Today. Leading Tomorrow.

    Leadership Academy

    The Wm. Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy is a multi-session training program designed to assist a diverse and inclusive group of lawyers in becoming better leaders within our profession, in their chosen path, while enhancing their leadership skills. Each year a select group of participants are selected from applications submitted to The Florida Bar to become Academy Fellows. 

    During their one-year term, Academy Fellows follow a curriculum tailored to enhance their professional development, knowledge base and experience, including attending The Florida Bar events and special educational programs. Academy Fellows are given the opportunity to learn more about the inner workings of the Bar and their role in the legal profession, while enhancing their personal leadership skills. The Academy’s Mission is to identify, nurture and inspire effective leadership within the Bar and the legal community.

    The 2018-2019 Leadership Academy Application is available. Applications must be submitted by January 16, 2018 by 5:30 p.m.

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