Current Job Opportunity


November 15, 2017

Closing Date

December 8, 2017

Position Number


Position Title

Senior Trial Court Law Clerk

Job Location

Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Court, Port St. Lucie Florida

Salary Range

$4,600.20 - $9,200.40 Monthly*
*The successful candidate will be hired at the minimum salary.

Job Description

The essential function of the position is to conduct and coordinate legal research activities at the trial court level. This is professional, supervisory and highly responsible work conducting and coordinating legal research activities at the trial court level to assist trial court judges in deciding rulings on a variety of case issues including pre-trial and trial motions, post-conviction relief (3.800, 3.850), prisoner petitions, summary judgments, motions to suppress evidence, discovery and county court appeals. Draft orders and review briefs. Work involves considerable interpretations and judgment in the analysis of legal issues in the area(s) of criminal, civil, appellate, and/or administrative law. Supervise, coordinate work assignments and evaluate performance of Trial Court Law Clerks in the Circuit.

Education and Training Guidelines


Refers to job specific training and education that is recommended for entry into the position. Additional relevant experience may substitute for the recommended educational level on a year-for-year basis.  

Juris doctorate degree from an accredited law school.


Refers to the amount of related work experience that is recommended for entry into the position that would result in reasonable expectation that the person can perform the required tasks. Additional relevant education may substitute for the recommended experience on a year-for-year basis, excluding supervisory experience. Three years of experience in the practice of law or as a law clerk in an appellate or trial court.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations Required:

Requires membership in the Florida Bar.


Data Responsibility:
Data are intangible and include numbers, words, symbols, ideas, concepts, and oral verbalizations. Synthesizes or integrates analysis of data or information to discover facts or develop knowledge or interpretations; modifies policies, procedures, or methodologies based on findings.

People Responsibility:
Instructs or trains others through explanation, demonstration, and supervised practice, or by making recommendations on the basis of technical disciplines.

Assets Responsibility:
Requires responsibility and opportunity for achieving moderate economies and/or preventing moderate losses through the management or handling of moderate amounts of money or the providing of legal counsel.

Mathematical Requirements:
Uses addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; may compute ratios, rates, and percents.

Communications Requirements:
Reads and interprets highly complex professional materials involving abstract theories and concepts; writes for professional publications; develops and presents papers at professional conferences.

Complexity of Work:
Performs work involving the application of principles of logical thinking, scientific, medical, or legal practice to diagnose or define problems, collect data and solve abstract problems with widespread unit or organization impact; requires sustained, intense concentration for accurate results and continuous exposure to unusual pressure.

Impact of Decision:
Makes decisions with very serious impact - affects entire organization and the general public.

Equipment Usage:
A thing is tangible and has shape, form, and other physical characteristics. Handles machines, tools, equipment, or work aids involving moderate latitude for judgment regarding attainment of standard or in selecting appropriate items, such as computers, peripherals, or software programs, such as word processing or custom applications.

Safety of Others:
Requires some responsibility for safety and health of others and/or for occasional enforcement of the standards of public safety or health.

Special Comments

The lawyer who is selected for this position will conduct legal research and analysis of complex substantive and procedural issues involved in civil and unified family court cases, attend hearings and trials, review recordings of proceedings and evidence, and provide legal advice to circuit judges.  He or she will draft signature-ready interlocutory orders and final judgments in actions involving negligence, contracts, employment, real property, eminent domain, federal and state regulatory takings, constitutional challenges to statutes and ordinances, dissolution, support, termination of parental rights, probate, guardianship, trusts and wills, declaratory and injunctive relief, proceedings supplementary, and any other actions at law or equity.

The attorney also may assist the Trial Court Administrator and Chief Judge with legal matters as needed.  This is not a supervisory position.

In addition to a completed State of Florida application, the applicant must submit a resume including references, a copy of his or her law school transcript, and three writing samples produced within the past two years.  It is recommended that the applicant submit a short statement not to exceed 500 words explaining why, given the premise that all candidates for the position are equally qualified in legal experience and skills, he or she should be selected.

How to Apply

Submit a current and complete State of Florida Employment Application to the People First Service Center online at

For additional information, questions, or concerns, please  contact: Thomas Genung (772) 807-4370.

An application must be submitted for the position listing the appropriate class title and position number for which you are applying. Your application must be received by 11:59 p.m. on the closing date.

The successful applicant will be subject to a criminal background check.

We are an equal opportunity employer.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, genetic information or disability.

We hire only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers.

If you need an accommodation to participate in the application/selection process, please call the contact person at the number indicated for each respective position. Persons using a TDD may call the contact person through the Florida Relay Service 1-800-955-8771.