Daytona Beach, Florida

Posted Date

October 19, 2022

Contact Information

Ana Rosas

Our Organization and Mission: The Office represents the State of Florida in state and federal civil and criminal courts, from trial courts to the Supreme Court of the United States.

Pay: $60,000 – $65,000 Annually 

Position Summary: This position is in the Criminal Appeals Unit. We are seeking applicants who have a strong interest in legal research, in honing their writing skills, in having vibrant discussions of the law, in having the opportunity to orate in the appellate courts, and who seek to work for the people of the State of Florida. Criminal Appeals cultivates a collegial environment where attorneys are encouraged to discuss their cases and share ideas. All attorneys are assigned a mentor and have access to free, in-house continuing legal education.


The Work You Will Do: The Florida Attorney General’s five Criminal Appeals Divisions strive to keep in place the criminal convictions and sentences obtained by state prosecutors in the trial courts. By having attorneys who specialize in appellate work, the Attorney General is able to ensure that the large volume of criminal appeals are handled professionally and efficiently. The Divisions open a high volume of new cases every year. In addition to direct criminal appeals, Criminal Appeals handles sexually violent predator commitment appeals, state post-conviction appeals, extraordinary writs, state appeals to adverse rulings, and inmate challenges to their state convictions filed in federal court. Cases range from relatively minor sentencing and post-conviction appeals to complicated white-collar crime, homicide, child abuse, and sexual assault cases. Often the cases involve constitutional or statutory construction issues and can present matters of first impression. While a majority of the cases impact only the defendants and the victims involved, any given case may result in new published law that has a significant impact of law enforcement procedures and on procedures for criminal trials and sentencing hearings throughout the state. Criminal Appeals attorneys must provide effective and ethical representation in all cases. In each case, the attorney must read the trial transcripts and other pertinent documents, conduct legal research on each of the defendant’s claims, and write an argument explaining why the State of Florida should prevail. Attorneys in Criminal Appeals regularly present oral arguments before the Florida District Court of Appeals, the Florida Supreme Court, and the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.


Qualifications: Admission to the Florida Bar and two years of professional experience in the practice of law, legal research, teaching law or in administrative or judicial hearings. The required legal experience must be from the practice of law in a state or territory of the United States. Membership in good standing in another state Bar can substitute for the required admission to the Florida Bar provided that, pursuant to Rule 11-1.10 of the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar, the attorney applies for and obtains admission to the Florida Bar within 12 months of appointment to a position in this class. The Benefits of Working for the State of Florida: Working for the State of Florida is more than a paycheck. The State’s total compensation package for employees features a highly competitive set of employee benefits including:

  • Annual and Sick Leave benefits.
  • Nine paid holidays and one Personal Holiday each year.
  • State Group Insurance coverage options, including health, life, dental, vision, and other supplemental insurance option.
  • Retirement plan options, including employer contributions (For more information, please click
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Tuition waivers.
  • And more! For a more complete list of benefits, visit

IMPORTANT NOTICE: To be considered for the position, all applicants must: Submit a complete and accurate application profile necessary for qualifying such as dates of service, reason for leaving, etc. In addition, all applicants must ensure all employment and/or detailed information about work experience is listed on the application (including military service, self-employment, job-related volunteer work, internships, etc.) and that gaps in employment are explained. NOTE: Any required experience and/or preferences listed in the advertisement must be verified at the time of application.

  • Ensure that applicant responses to qualifying questions are verifiable by skills and/or experience stated on the employment application and/or resume. Applicants who do not respond to the qualifying questions will not be considered for this position.
  • The elements of the selection process may include a skill assessment exercise.
  • Current and future vacancies may be filled from this advertisement for a period of up to six months. Following the six-month period, a new application must be submitted to an open advertisement to be considered for that vacancy.
  • OAG employees are paid biweekly. All state employees are required to participate in the direct deposit program pursuant to s. 110.113, FS.

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS/ DRUG FREE WORKPLACE: All OAG positions are “sensitive or special trust” and require favorable results on a background investigation including fingerprinting, pursuant to s. 110.1127(2)(a), F.S.  The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free Workplace, all employees are subject to reasonable suspicion or other drug testing in accordance with section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act. We hire only U.S. citizens and those lawfully authorized to work in the U.S. E-VERIFY STATEMENT: The Office of the Attorney General participates in the U.S. government’s employment eligibility verification program (e-verify). E-verify is a program that electronically confirms an employee’s eligibility to work in the United States after completion of the employment eligibility verification form (i-9). REMINDERS: Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion unless they are registered with the Selective Service System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from SSS.  For more information, please visit the SSS website at: https: // If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida. Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended, or deemed ineligible depending upon the date of your retirement. The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace. Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation. The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

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