The State Attorney’s Office of the Ninth Judicial Circuit is seeking a full-time Assistant State Attorney (ASA) to serve in the Conviction Integrity and Accountability (CIA) Unit. It is a priority of the State Attorney’s Office to maintain public trust and confidence while seeking justice for the citizens who live in Orange and Osceola counties. The ASA will fall under the direct supervision of the Director of Conviction Integrity and Accountability.
This position is not related to the normal legal review of convictions by the State Attorney's Post-Conviction Unit. This position will typically involve newly discovered DNA, or other evidence, and claims of misconduct against prosecutors or law enforcement officials that would directly affect a conviction. The attorney will re-examine convictions, review cases and claims, communicate with those who submit claims, assist in re-investigations, review and analyze transcripts, and assist with post-trial related matters as needed.
The ideal candidate for this position must have a strong appreciation for the mission of the CIA Unit and a commitment to consider criminal cases through application of unbiased, objective standards. The attorney should be able to consider cases, not from an advocate’s or prosecutor’s perspective, but from a clinical perspective that honestly evaluates whether the new evidence identified by defendant clearly gives rise to a concern that a wrongful conviction occurred.
They should also have a willingness to maintain open communication with other participants in the field of wrongful convictions, including innocence organizations, other CIU’s, law school clinics, the public defenders’ offices, private counsel, defendants and their families.
Admission to the Florida Bar
1-3 years of experience in criminal law; This can include externship/internship or clinical coursework
Strong analytical and writing skills
Strong intrest in seeking justice for the wrongly convicted
Experience working with the Innocence Project or similar organization
Criminal Trial experience, defense or prosecution
Basic knowledge and understanding of DNA Evidence
Strong analytical, organizational, written and oral communication skills
Ability to work independently with State Attorney Investigators
JOB TITLE: Assistant State Attorney
SALARY RANGE: $50,000 - $55,000; State of Florida Benefits package
APPLICATION DEADLINE: September 30, 2019
Please submit cover letter, resume, and a writing sample.