Current Job Opportunity


August 27, 2018

Closing Date

Open Until Filled

Position Number


Position Title

Career Staff Attorney - District Court

Job Location

Fourth District Court of Appeal, West Palm Beach, Florida

Salary Range

$45,817.20 - $59,607 Annually*;
$41,235.48 Annually*, if awaiting results of Florida Bar or prior to taking Florida Bar exam.

Job Description

This is professional work of considerable responsibility conducting legal research activities for Judges of a District Court of Appeal. Work involves considerable interpretation and judgment in the analysis of broadly diverse legal issues brought before the court. Working relationships are established primarily with judges, other law clerks, the Clerk and secretarial staff within the court.

*This is professional and highly responsible work as a member of a team of two staff attorneys in the Clerk’s Office of the Fourth District Court of Appeal.  Work involves considerable interpretation and judgment in the analysis of a variety of legal issues relating to motions and appellate jurisdiction.  The Clerk’s Office Staff Attorneys’ responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Screening new appellate cases for timeliness, jurisdiction, and other pending related cases

  • Recommending issuance of the appropriate orders following screening

  • Recommending action to the court on dispositive and non-dispositive motions

  • Preparation and review of Court orders and/or assistance with order language

  • Review of proposed Court opinions

  • Addressing questions relating to the confidentiality of court records

Working relationships are established primarily with the Clerk of the Court, Chief Deputy Clerk, the other Clerk’s Office Staff Attorney, Deputy Clerks, judges, and other court staff.  Work is performed under the direction and general supervision of the Clerk of the Court and the Chief Deputy Clerk and is reviewed in progress, as required, and upon completion.  This is not a traditional chambers law clerk position.

Education and Training Guidelines

Graduation from an accredited law school, class standing in the upper 25%, and significant writing and editing experience in law school.  If accepted for employment, a law school graduate must take and pass the Florida Bar Examination as a condition of employment.  Two years of professional experience is preferred.


Special Comments

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of legal principles, statutory and case law, court rules and procedures.  Exceptional research and writing skills.  Ability to analyze complex legal issues and complicated factual details, digest and communicate ideas and concepts orally and in writing.  Ability to exercise discretion, confidentiality, impartiality, and honesty in handling matters before the court.  Ability to work effectively with attorneys and non-attorneys on a consistent, daily basis.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample of no longer than 7 pages, and law school and undergraduate transcripts in PDF format to  All submissions must contain all necessary paperwork.  Additionally, the subject line of the email must read: Staff Attorney Application.

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 contact Marshal Daniel DiGiacomo at (561) 242-2000.