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Job Title

Attorney – Education & Employment Committee

General Summary

This position primarily focuses on policy matters related to Florida’s education system, from early education through post-secondary education, adult education, and job training.  The attorney provides legal work in the examination and preparation of education legislation, legislative programs, legal instruments, opinions, briefs, or other documents; conducts research to assist the policy chief or staff director; and provides counsel and advice to legislative committees. Under close supervision of the staff director and policy chief, the attorney applies this expertise when researching and preparing staff analyses, reports, legislation, and amendments; responding to inquiries; and developing correspondence.

Examples of Work Performed

  • Assists with legal research in evaluating state education statutes and preparation of legal opinions on questions submitted by authorized persons. 
  • Drafts legislative bills, analyses, resolutions, and amendments in technically complete language, under supervision. 
  • Interprets state and federal legislation related to education programs of any governmental unit. 
  • Recommends needed changes to legislation based upon trends in case law, agency comment or citizen request. 
  • Performs legal research concerning the interpretation of Florida Statutes and on other matters in question for Legislators and staff; answers telephone inquiries and composes routine responses to constituents. 
  • Prepares oral and written reports on research and committee work such as end of session committee reports, interim projects, and oversight reports which include recommendations for legislative action. 
  • Prepares letters, summaries, talk-sheets or speeches, reports, and informational memoranda on committee issues at the request of the committee chair, other legislators or staff director.
  • Reviews agency action pursuant to Chapter 120, the Administrative Procedures Act, to identify instances of the invalid exercise of delegated legislative authority; monitors Florida court cases and administrative decisions and advises agencies accordingly; prepares and presents proposed objections to full committee; reviews statutes passed each session and calls to the attention of the agencies all those which may require administrative rule promulgation, repeal or amendment. 
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of and interest in education law.
  • Knowledge of legal terminology. 
  • Knowledge of Florida laws and legal procedure. 
  • Skill in reading comprehension, analysis, research, and organization. 
  • Ability to interpret state and federal legislation, laws, and rules. 
  • Ability to employ legal reasoning and to foresee possible legal problems. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively and concisely, both orally and in writing. 
  • Ability to take action in situations which lack clear direction. 
  • Ability to take initiative on independent research projects. 
  • Ability to deal tactfully and courteously with the public, press, and lobbyists. 
  • Ability to plan, organize, and coordinate work assignments. 
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others. 
  • Ability to use independent judgment when releasing information to the public. 
  • Ability to collect and analyze data. 
  • Ability to conduct meetings and to make presentations. 
  • Ability to perform legal writing and prepare various legal documents. 
  • Ability to research legal documents and legal references.

Minimum Qualifications

Attorney in good standing with The Florida Bar.

Salary

Salary commensurate with experience.
The Legislature offers a competitive benefits package.

Submission of Application

Interested parties may send a cover letter, resume and completed Florida Legislature Employment Application to:
Florida House of Representatives
Office of Administration & Professional Development
Lawanda Williams
402 South Monroe Street, 1201 Capitol
Tallahassee, Florida  32399
 

 

Applications are available through the Florida Legislature's web site Online Sunshine and in Room 701 of the Claude Pepper Building.

Accommodation for Disability

If an accommodation is needed for a disability, please notify Human Resources at (850) 488-6803.