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Juvenile Dependency Family Defense Attorney

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Organization Description

Dependency Advocacy Center (DAC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, provides interdisciplinary family defense legal services to indigent parents and children involved with Santa Clara County’s juvenile dependency system. Our clients face the removal of their children due to concerns of abuse and neglect. A myriad of issues is presented, including substance abuse, domestic violence, poverty, and mental health.  


Mission Statement

Dependency Advocacy Center provides zealous legal representation to indigent clients in the juvenile dependency system to promote timely reunification and preservation of families in a safe, healthy environment. DAC believes that every parent and child entering the dependency system has a right to be treated with dignity, compassion and respect.


Responsibilities and Duties

The staff attorney will be responsible for a full caseload representing parents and some children at all stages of the juvenile dependency process. The position requires extensive court appearances and daily client contact. Representation includes client interviews, providing ongoing assessments of the merits of cases, conferring with social workers, opposing counsel, and other service providers, appearing at all court hearings, preparing witnesses for trial, participating in mediations and presenting clients’ cases to the court during uncontested hearings and bench trials. The attorney will also participate in frequent trainings to build legal knowledge, strengthen courtroom skills, and develop a deeper understanding of relevant systemic and social issues.



Desired Qualifications

· Member in good standing of the State Bar of California

· Knowledge and experience of juvenile dependency law preferred

· Experience in courtroom advocacy preferred

· Ability to work compassionately and respectfully with clients in crisis

· High degree of professionalism

· Ability to interact respectfully with judicial officers and adhere to the court’s schedule

· Demonstrated commitment to public interest issues

· Ability to flourish in a high-energy environment

· Ability to multi-task and be a productive team player

· Excellent verbal, interpersonal, writing, interviewing, and organizational skills

· Bilingual skills preferred

· Ability to work collaboratively as part of an interdisciplinary team of social workers and mentor parents

Organization Description

Dependency Advocacy Center (DAC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, provides interdisciplinary family defense legal services to indigent parents and children involved with Santa Clara County’s juvenile…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    J.D. Required
  • Professional Level
    Professional

Salary

$83,000 - $83,000

Benefits

DAC offers a full benefits package including health, dental, vision, 403(b), vacation, sick time, and holiday time off.

DAC offers a full benefits package including health, dental, vision, 403(b), vacation, sick time, and holiday time off.

Level of Language Proficiency

Bilingual in Spanish preferred.

Bilingual in Spanish preferred.

Location

Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near San Jose, CA
Associated Location
San Jose, CA, United States

How to Apply

Application Process

Please send cover letter and resume via email to DACjobs@sccdac.org. Cover letter to include answers to the following questions:

  1. Why are you interested in working as a family defense attorney and at DAC specifically
  2. In order to best serve our clients and our community, DAC is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued. How has your personal background or experiences, professional or otherwise, prepared you to contribute to social justice, race equity, and diversity among our staff?

Application Process

Please send cover letter and resume via email to DACjobs@sccdac.org. Cover letter to include answers to the following questions:

  1. Why are you interested in…

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