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Assistant State Attorney

2019 Interview Dates for Assistant State Attorneys and Legal Interns
Thursday, April 25th
Thursday, May 30th
Thursday, August 1st

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The State Attorney of the 20th Judicial Circuit of Florida accepts applications from attorneys admitted to the Florida Bar and from legal interns who are certified to practice under Rule 11-1.of the Florida Bar.  ASAs/CLIs handle both misdemeanor and criminal traffic offenses, and are responsible for cases from initial intake through trial.  A thorough working knowledge of the Rules of Criminal Procedure and the Rules of Evidence is needed.  While prior trial practice courses and internships are helpful, but are not required, a desire for immediate trial experience is. The Circuit has transitioned to electronic files, and ASAs/CLIs must be comfortable with the use of technology.

The State Attorney of the 20th Judicial Circuit is an equal opportunity employer and supports a Drug Free Workplace. For attorneys who are members of the Florida Bar, our entry level positions start at $45,500.

There are currently over 100 Assistant State Attorneys on staff. A comprehensive benefits package including health, life and disability insurance is provided. Opportunities abound for CLEs as well as extensive in-house professional development.

Updated 6/19/2019

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Requirements

How to Apply

Interview & Hiring Process

Interviews are only granted to those who are:

  • 3L Students (preference may be given to those with Certified Legal Intern Status, or have applied to take the Florida Bar Exam and have their Character and Fitness approved; however, such status is not required)
  • Are eligible to be certified under Rule 11 of the Rules Governing the Florida Bar
  • Have taken the bar exam and are awaiting their results
  • Have been admitted to the Florida Bar and are in Good Standing

If you would like to be considered for an interview, please submit the following items to legalapplicant@sao.cjis20.org attention Richard J. Montecalvo, Chief Assistant State Attorney.

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • References – please provide the names, contact information, and affiliation, of 3 professional references
  • SAO Employment Application
  • FRS – Certification Form
  • 3L Students with Certified Legal Intern Status must submit
    - Copy of Registrant Clearance from Florida Board of Bar Examiners
    - Current copy of school transcripts

Or, you may mail them to:

Office of the State Attorney, 20th Judicial Circuit
Attn: Richard J. Montecalvo, Chief Assistant State Attorney
Post Office Box 399
Fort Myers, FL 33902

*Note: Applicants submitting online will receive an email acknowledgement within 2-3 business days.

Currently, we can only hire when a vacancy exists. Interviews are held throughout the year so that we are able to fill positions as vacancies occur. Interview selections will be made one month prior to scheduled interview sessions. Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted in advance to allow ample time to coordinate schedule and travel plans. All interviews are held in our Fort Myers Office, no phone or Go To Meeting interviews.

Interview selections will be made one month prior to scheduled interview sessions. Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted in advance to allow ample time to coordinate schedule and travel plans.

Applicants being considered for an interview will be required to successfully pass a preliminary background investigation (applicants will be contacted in advance to collect necessary information).

2019 Interview Dates for Assistant State Attorneys and Legal Interns
Thursday, April 25th
Thursday, May 30th
Thursday, August 1st