The Miami Beach City Attorney’s Office has established a paid, full-time, one year Fellowship for a recent law school graduate. The Fellowship program provides an opportunity to engage in litigation on a variety of municipal law issues that affect the residents, businesses, and visitors in Miami Beach—a cosmopolitan and dynamic resort and business destination. On a regular basis, the City of Miami Beach is faced with a broad array of high-profile litigation and legal issues.
Fellowship duties include conducting legal research, drafting pleadings, motions and memoranda of law, conducting discovery, and other litigation-related responsibilities in the state and federal courts. Fellows have the opportunity to obtain valuable public sector experience in the areas of constitutional law, land use and zoning, contracts and transactional matters, employment and labor law, environmental law, including sea level rise issues, personal injury, legislation, and ethics and election laws. For example, the City Attorney’s Office defends the City against First Amendment challenges to City ordinances and regulations in a variety of contexts. Our Office also defends the City against Fourth Amendment claims when police officers are unjustly accused of using unconstitutionally excessive force or arresting a suspect without probable cause. The City Attorney’s Office also defends the City against claims of employment discrimination on a frequent basis. In addition, Fellows attend various City board meetings (historic preservation, design review, and zoning board of adjustment) and City Commission meetings to obtain insight into the workings of municipal government.
After successfully completing the Fellowship, the Fellow may be considered for full-time employment in the City Attorney’s Office if a position is available. The Fellowship offers an opportunity to practice municipal law in a world-renowned city that frequently faces highly interesting and unique legal challenges. In addition, the successful completion of the Fellowship will provide valuable experience and resume enhancement to better secure coveted employment in a government agency or private law firm.
The Fellowship begins October 1, 2017 and ends September 30, 2018. The selected Fellow will be paid an annual stipend of $60,000. Applicants must be admitted to the Florida Bar. Applicants must also have superior academic credentials, and provide evidence of strong legal writing, research, and organizational skills. Applicants should submit a current resume, law school transcripts, and a recent writing sample to Debora J. Turner, First Assistant City Attorney at: firstname.lastname@example.org.