Attorney/ Child's Attorney/ Lancaster, CA

Job Type

Full Time




1040 West Avenue J
United States


Children's Law Canter is a non-profit legal organization that represents abused and neglected children under its contracts with the Judicial Council. Its attorneys are appointed by Court under Welfare and Institutions Code Section 317 to represent children in dependency court cases. For more information, please visit our website at

Requisition #1049 and #1002


The primary duties of the Attorney include, but are not limited to: 

Assesses the critical issues of each assigned case and advocates for each client by:

Assertively and persuasively working with attorneys, clients, social workers and the court.

Independently investigating and appropriately directing Social Worker Investigators to obtain facts needed to properly assess each case.

Properly applying dependency case law, statues and court rules.

Using effective trial and courtroom presentation skills.

Effectively negotiating with other counsel.

Using sound case analysis and judgment.

Properly preparing witnesses.

Effectively applying evidentiary rules and objections. 

Demonstrates a thorough knowledge of dependency law and a general knowledge of law in related areas by competently analyzing and applying the law in daily advocacy and practice thus providing thorough, competent and accurate legal advice. 

Prepares clear, concise and persuasive motions, pleadings, briefs, and memorandums of law, as well as correspondence and reports as needed by thoroughly and appropriately researching applicable law. Submits/sends documents in a timely manner. 

Effectively engages available resources to properly represent and advocate for our clients bests interests, including but not limited to:

Educational resources,

Medical providers,

Mental health professionals

Regional Center resources

Community based services providers

Other legal experts or consultants, such as Legal Aid, Public Counsel, Alliance for Children's Rights, etc., and

Public Defenders in Delinquency Court and Department 95. 

Develops professional relationships with and provides sound advice to clients through the use of frequent age appropriate interviews that adhere to ethical standards. Follows up on client requests and court orders to ensure that clients receive appropriate services in a timely manner. 

Maintains professional effective working relationships with bench officers, courtroom personnel, social workers, attorneys, CASAs and service providers. 

Treats clients' caregivers and family members respectfully. 

Maintains professional relationship with all CLC coworkers by:

Cooperating with attorneys, supervisors and CLC leadership,

Demonstrating respect for and gets along well with support staff,

Appropriately using social worker investigators,

Being flexible and willing to assist with coverage in other courtrooms,

Mentoring and being a role model for less experienced attorneys,

Being cooperative with and supportive of office personnel,

Seeking assistance from supervisors when prudent or required, and

Assisting and cooperating with other attorneys. 

Effectively manages his/her caseload by:

Opening and closing files in a timely manner,

Accurately completing all appropriate office reports in a timely manner, including time sheets, case counts and conflict reports,

Maintaining files in an orderly manner according to office policy,

Writing legibly,

Properly documenting court proceedings, contacts and case developments,

Maintaining an accurate calendar of upcoming hearings for each case. 

Effectively uses his/her time, as demonstrated by:

Properly prioritizing and allocating time and resources,

Attending requisite meetings and training programs,

Consistently meeting deadlines, and

Providing timely responses to communications and messages. 

Consistently follows office policies and procedures. 


Juris Doctor degree and a member in good standing of the State Bar Association of California. Prior experience in dependency law or trial experience helpful but not necessary. 

A valid California driver's license, reliable automobile, automobile insurance as required by California law, and an operable mobile phone are required at all times while working for Children's Law Center. 

The position includes a $5,000 annual stipend.

Children's Law Center is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition, age, or gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by law.

To apply, please visit our site Click on apply now to view our open positions. Click on the Lancaster Attorney position and follow prompts. It is required that you submit both a resume and a cover letter. Requisition for all postings


Medical/ Dental/ 403.b

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

To apply, please visit our site Click on apply now to view our open positions. Click on the Lancaster Attorney position and follow prompts. It is required that you submit both a resume and a cover letter. Requisition for all postings