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Job Title

Committee Attorney - Senate Committee on Environmental Preservation and Conservation

General Summary

This is highly complex legal work providing professional advice, and representation to the Staff Director and to the committee.

Examples of Work Performed

  • Participates in conducting complex legal research in highly technical and specialized areas requiring extensive legal experience.
  • Prepares and drafts opinions involving statute and rule interpretation.
  • Analyzes and drafts legislative bills, resolutions, and amendments for the committee where a thorough knowledge of the existing statutes and statutory requirements in drafting legislative bills is required. Participates in rendering advice to the committee in developing agency programs and regulations, and in interpreting state and federal legislative acts requiring extensive legal experience, knowledge of the law, and the exercise of a high degree of independent judgment.
  • 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 the committee; answers telephone inquiries and composes responses to constituents.
  • 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 in committee subject areas 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.
  • Maintains communications with agency heads, or their assigned deputies, assistants, and agency general counsel.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of legal terminology.
  • Knowledge of Florida laws and legal procedure.
  • Knowledge of the Florida Constitution.
  • Skill in reading comprehension, analysis, research, and organization.
  • Ability to provide legal counsel.
  • 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.
  • Ability to prepare and present briefs, pleadings, and oral arguments.
  • Ability to draft legislation.

Minimum Qualifications

Attorney in good standing with The Florida Bar and three  years of professional experience in the practice of law, legal research, teaching law, or in administrative or judicial hearings.

Salary

Commensurate with experience.
Excellent benefit package.

Submission of Application

Qualified applicants should mail a completed Legislative Employment Application and resume to:

Senate Committee on Environmental Preservation and Conservation
C/O Ellen Rogers
Suite 325 Knott Building
404 S Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100

or Email: rogers.ellen@flsenate.gov

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.