Website Florida Department of Children and Families
Children’s Legal Services (CLS) represents the State of Florida through the Department of Children and Families to ensure the health and safety of children and the integrity of families. Working with other Department programs and community stakeholders, CLS advocates for the safety, well-being, and permanency of Florida’s abused, abandoned, and neglected children. With a team of more than 300 attorneys, CLS is the leader in the courtroom at each stage of a Chapter 39 proceeding. Across the state, CLS attorneys make a difference in the lives of Florida’s children.
- A CLS attorney has primary responsibility for multiple cases and must ensure Florida and federal legal requirements are met.
- A CLS attorney collaborates with investigators and case managers to gather the evidence necessary to support the legal action that is appropriate for each child.
- CLS is responsible for preparing its partners to serve as witnesses at trial. And, CLS attorneys employ best practice litigation techniques so that
- CLS’s pleadings and trial presentations lead the nation in dependency advocacy.
- To qualify as a senior attorney, the candidate must have a minimum of 2 years bar admission.
- The position requires a strong interest in advocating for children’s best interests, good academic credentials, strong writing skills, excellent communication skills, a strong interest in courtroom litigation, excellent critical thinking skills, the ability to work independently, a positive attitude, and membership in the Florida Bar.
- Applicants with moot court or trial team participation are encouraged to apply.
- Law review or a certificate in advocacy are a plus. Please also highlight litigation clinic experience or other related experience.
Company: Florida Department of Children and Families
Vacancy Type: Full Time
Job Functions: Other
Job Location: Pensacola, FL, US
Application Deadline: N/A