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Work experience

Nov 2011Present


Heather Lueke Smith, P.A.

Law firm specializing in local government, contract, and construction issues and litigation.

Jun 2005Nov 2011

Assistant County Attorney

Saint Lucie County Board of County Commissioners
Nov 2004Jun 2005

Appellate Staff Attorney

Nineteenth Circuit Court

Prepare Bench Memorandum for each appellate case for monthly appellate panel. Perform legal research on appellate cases, both civil and criminal. Recommend disposition of motions and extraordinary writs filed by parties. Trained incoming felony staff attorney.

Nov 2002Nov 2004

Central Staff Attorney

Second District Court of Appeal

Prepare memoranda of law and proposed opinions for three-judge panels on criminal post-conviction appeals, petitions alleging ineffective assistance of counsel, civil appeals, and petitions for writ of certiorari. Assess validity of demands for emergency relief. Screen, monitor, and recommend dispositions for petitions for belated appeal and writ of mandamus. Evaluate motions on non-perfected cases, research legal issues, and make presentations to two-judge panels.


Apr 1999May 2002


College of William and Mary, School of Law