Current Job Opportunity
December 14, 2017
Open Until Filled
Trial Court Law Clerk
Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court, Manatee, Florida
$3,436.29 Monthly*, if awaiting results of Florida Bar or prior to taking Florida Bar exam.
*The successful candidate will be hired at the minimum salary.
The essential function of the position within the organization is to assist the judiciary with case management, pending
litigation and issues, and/or process criminal and civil appeals. The position is responsible for drafting memoranda,
opinions, orders and reports; conducting legal research; reviewing briefs and case files; and advising judges on pending
litigation and issues. The position works under general supervision of the Chief Judge or designee.
*The essential function of the Trial Court Law Clerk position is research and writing of legal memoranda, draft opinions, orders and reports; conduct legal research; review briefs and case files in numerous areas of law, including appeals from county court (both civil and criminal), complex civil litigation, constitutional questions, complex family law cases and criminal matters, including post-conviction motions and related civil matters such as petitions for extraordinary relief filed by or on behalf of sentenced inmates, pretrial detainees and other litigants.
Work is performed under the general supervision of the Circuit’s Senior Staff Attorneys, Court Administrator and Judges,
and is reviewed in progress, as necessary, and upon completion.
Examples of Work Performed
Conducts legal research of substantive and procedural legal matters, and drafts/prepares legal documents, such as opinions, judgments, post-conviction orders, memoranda or orders concerning extraordinary writs;
Drafts proposed orders for motions filed in and issues arising during death penalty cases; drafts proposed orders imposing a life-or-death sentence in death penalty cases;
Reviews files, evidence, depositions, pleadings, motions, legal briefs and memoranda of law, proposed orders and other related documentation in order to advice judges in a variety of legal areas;
Provides immediate legal research and recommendations required by judges conducting court sessions;
Attends staff meetings to exchange information; attends technical or professional workshops, seminars or conferences to improve professional skills; attends hearings as required;
Assists the circuit court appellate division by drafting bench briefs and/or appellate opinions.
Education and Training Guidelines
Juris doctorate degree from an accredited law school.
Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations Required
Membership in the Florida Bar is required within one year of hire.
Conducts research to discover new methodologies or to find solutions for unresolved problems.
Counsels, instructs or trains others through explanation, demonstration, and supervised practice, or by making recommendations on the basis of technical disciplines.
Requires minimum responsibility for only small quantities of low cost items or supplies where opportunities for achieving economies or preventing loss are negligible.
Uses addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; may compute ratios, rates, and percents.
Reads and interprets advanced professional materials; writes complex reports and papers; speaks to high level professional groups.
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 Decisions:
Makes decisions with moderate impact, may affect those in organization and general public.
Handles machines, tools, equipment, or work aids involving some latitude for judgment regarding attainment of standard or in selecting appropriate items, such as computers, peripherals, or software programs, such as word processing.
This position requires knowledge of the legal system; criminal and civil court processes and procedures, and the knowledge, skills and abilities listed below.
Knowledge: Legal principles, statutory and case law, court rules and procedures, legal publications, Florida State Courts System.
Skills: Manual legal research; computerized legal research, including Westlaw and Lexis-Nexis; legal writing and drafting.
Abilities: Reason logically and analytically; grasp, comprehend and analyze complex legal issues and complicated factual details; digest and communicate ideas and concepts orally and in writing; exercise discretion, confidentiality, impartiality and honesty.
How to Apply
Submit a current and complete State of Florida Application, resume, cover letter, writing sample, law school
transcripts and copy of Florida Bar card:
Human Resources Manager
Judge Lynn N. Silvertooth Judicial Center
P.O. Box 48927
Sarasota, Florida 34230
Faxed and emailed applications will be accepted.
*If you do not submit a State of Florida application, you will not be considered. If you have submitted a State of Florida application directly to the Twelfth Judicial Circuit within the past 12 months, please indicate--you do not need to submit it again.
The successful applicant will be subject to a Criminal Background Check. The Florida State Courts System is a criminal justice agency.
We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, national origin, or disability. If you need an accommodation in order to participate in the application/selection process, please call 941-861-7811.
Pursuant to 110.205(2)(c) of the Florida Statutes, employment with the State Courts System is not covered under the Career Service System and all employees of the State System serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority and do not attain tenure rights.