Staff Attorney Family Defense Practice Queens & Manhattan

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Salary is commensurate with experience




40 Worth Street
Suite 605
New York
United States


The Center for Family Representation, Inc., (CFR), an innovative law and policy organization, expects to have openings for Staff Attorneys with varying levels of experience in Article 10 and/or Termination of Parental Rights proceedings in our Manhattan & Queens practices. CFR’s mission is to ensure that every family that can remain safely together has the opportunity to do so. We provide legal and social work assistance to parents whose children are at risk of foster care placement; we train more than 500 professionals each year in the city, state, and around the country; and we advocate at the city, state and national level for policies that promote parent engagement and family preservation. CFR has been the primary provider of legal services to indigent parents in Manhattan Family Court since 2007 and in Queens Family Court since 2011. Every year, CFR serves more than 2,000 families in New York City.

The Staff Attorney’s primary responsibility will be to represent parents in Family Court who are respondents in Article 10 and Termination of Parental Rights proceedings, as part of CFR’s interdisciplinary legal teams. Attorneys will also pursue interim appeals on behalf of CFR’s clients. CFR’s teams are comprised of attorneys, social work staff, paralegals and parent advocates (parents who have successfully reunified with their children). In addition to providing our clients with high quality legal defense, objectives of the teams include keeping children out of foster care, shortening lengths of stay for children in foster care, promoting quality visiting arrangements and insuring that families receive services that are well-tailored to expediting safe and lasting reunification. Attorneys receive supervision from Litigation Supervisors and are expected to keep case data and client legal notes and files up to date. Staff Attorneys may also participate in CFR’s policy initiatives, supervise law school interns, present to community-based agencies about our model and write final appeals. Attorneys joining CFR can expect intensive, interdisciplinary training on CFR’s Cornerstone Advocacy model, child welfare, family court, client interviewing, and other critical skills. CFR is dedicated to providing ongoing professional development in best practices in all these areas in a variety of training forums for all staff. 

CFR is seeking Staff Attorneys with varying levels of experience in Article 10 and/or Termination of Parental Rights proceedings. Applicants must be admitted to practice law in the State of New York. 

Applicants who are bilingual in Spanish are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants’ experience with public benefits, housing, criminal defense and immigration is desirable. Applicants should be able to demonstrate strong interpersonal and communication skills, an ability to work as part of a team and a desire to share in both the exhilaration and challenges of a growing endeavor. Salary is commensurate with experience; excellent benefits package. Diverse candidates are encouraged to apply; CFR is an EOE.


Excellent benefits package

Level of Language Proficiency

Applicants who are bilingual in Spanish are strongly encouraged to apply.  

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required


How To Apply

Applicants should send or e-mail a cover letter, résumé, writing sample and three references (including phone and email contacts) to Please write “Staff Attorney Applicant” in the subject line. No phone inquiries please. Please note we are not able to respond directly to each applicant to acknowledge receipt of materials.