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Staff Attorney (Family Defense Unit) - White Plains, NY

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Job Description

Legal Services of the Hudson Valley (LSHV) has an immediate opening for a full-time staff attorney to be part of the Family Defense Unit (FDU) to represent parents who are accused of neglect and abuse in investigations, administrative hearings, Article 10, Permanency Planning, and Termination of Parental Rights matters as well as other related family court matters in the White Plains, Yonkers, and New Rochelle Family Courts. The position will be based out of the White Plains Office but will require travel throughout Westchester County and appearances in all three Family Courts.

FDU Attorneys will advise and counsel clients about their rights during investigations which necessarily includes explaining the process and attendant laws, preparing clients for interactions with CPS and other system actors, and guiding them through the decision-making process (including, where applicable, counseling clients regarding voluntary placement of the child with relatives and other suitable caregivers); attend interviews and meetings with clients and CPS and/or other system actors, as necessary; and negotiate with CPS to avoid court action and achieve meaningful service plans. FDU Attorneys will coordinate legal representation on matters affecting the child’s safety and the family’s stability by, inter alia, actively participating with the multidisciplinary team in developing an effective case management plan.

Duties of the Position: intakes and individual case work, litigation in state courts, including appellate practice, and education and outreach efforts directed at community members, advocates and service providers. The persons hired will also be expected to adhere to program and case handling standards, funder requirements, the highest professional standards, and be available as a resource to LSHV staff and access to justice communities.

Requirements

  • Member in good standing of the New York State Bar;
  • Two or more years of legal experience preferably in Family Law and child welfare matters, including litigation, or its equivalent; ability to provide high-quality zealous representation in high-stakes cases and the ability to conduct hearings on short notice, experienced candidates welcomed to apply;
  • Excellent people skills;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; Ability to work effectively with a diverse group of stakeholders;
  • Ability to collaborate in a multidisciplinary team with other attorneys, legal professionals, social workers, government agencies and other service providers;
  • Demonstrated enthusiasm for the work of defending parents in Child Welfare Proceedings and Investigations;
  • Valid driver’s license and access to a car.

Preferred

  • Demonstrated commitment to serving low-income persons with prior experience in legal services or similar program;
  • English/Spanish bilingual

Salary: DOE, union scale, with excellent benefits.

Job Description

Legal Services of the Hudson Valley (LSHV) has an immediate opening for a full-time staff attorney to be part of the Family Defense Unit (FDU) to represent parents who are accused of neglect and abuse in investigations…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Job Type
    Contract
  • Start Date
    June 7, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    June 1, 2021
  • Education
    J.D. Required
  • Professional Level
    Professional

Salary

$63,000 - $101,000Depend on Experience

Benefits

Salary: DOE, union scale, with excellent benefits.

Salary: DOE, union scale, with excellent benefits.

Location

On-site
90 Maple Ave, White Plains, NY 10601, USA

How to Apply

Please apply at our career center through the following link, and include a cover letter, writing sample and references:

Staff Attorney (Family Defense Unit) - White Plains, NY - Legal Services of the Hudson Valley

Please apply at our career center through the following link, and include a cover letter, writing sample and references:

Staff Attorney (Family Defense Unit) - White Plains, NY - Legal…

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