Staff Attorneys/Supervising Attorney


Job Type

Full Time

Salary

Details: Salary is commensurate with experience.

Published:

04/12/2018

Start Date:

08/15/2018

Application Deadline:

05/18/2018

Address

312 Clay Street
2nd Floor
Oakland
California
94607
United States

Description

East Bay Family Defenders (EBFD) will be opening our doors to clients on September 1, 2018, with the mission to keep children out of foster care or keep their time in care to a minimum.

Onboarding staff by mid-August, we will provide innovative legal defense, social work support, and peer mentorship to indigent parents (and possibly some children) facing child welfare intervention. Our office will be a highly-specialized, trauma-informed, fast-paced setting. We will partner with a robust network of community-based providers, expanding on their expertise to address families’ complex needs. We advocate for systemic change in Alameda County Juvenile Court and the local child welfare system to reduce system intervention in families and promote community-based preventive resources and restorative solutions that strengthen families.


SUPERVISING ATTORNEY


JOB DESCRIPTION

This case-carrying Supervising Attorney manages, leads, and directly supervises Staff Attorneys in the Main Office with support from the Co-Executive Directors. Attorneys at East Bay Family Defenders will work as court-appointed counsel to defend indigent parents in cases filed by the Department of Children and Family Services in Alameda County Juvenile Dependency Court. Our office takes a collaborative, interdisciplinary team approach to representation of parents. Staff will include attorneys, social workers, and mentor parents.


In addition to providing our clients with the highest quality client-directed legal defense, systemic objectives of our teams include keeping children out of foster care, shortening lengths of stay for children in foster care, promoting quality visiting arrangements, and ensuring that families receive services that are well-tailored to expediting safe and lasting reunification. Attorneys are also expected to keep case data and client legal notes and files up to date. The Supervising Attorney will be involved in accountability for these responsibilities along with analyzing the data to inform program design and evolution. The Supervising Attorney will also promote ongoing intensive, interdisciplinary training for Staff Attorneys, including on such topics as California juvenile dependency law, trauma-informed practices, and litigation skills. EBFD is dedicated to providing ongoing professional development for all staff, including supporting skills-building for managers and supervisors.


QUALIFICATIONS

Applicants must be members of the the CA Bar in good standing and possess a minimum of five years of experience as a family defense attorney, with a demonstrated track record of excellence in the profession. Applicants are expected to have proven skills in litigation, including written and oral advocacy. Applicants must possess a commitment to interdisciplinary, holistic defense, and/or social justice issues. Applicants should be able to demonstrate strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills, a proven ability to lead a team, and a desire to share in both the exhilaration and challenges of a quickly evolving field. Spanish speakers are strongly encouraged to apply, as well as applicants with other second-language proficiency.


RESPONSIBILITIES

EBFD has a trauma-informed, high volume litigation practice. Attorneys are in court almost daily, where they frequently conduct hearings and trials, often on an emergency basis. The Supervising Attorney will carry a reduced caseload in order to provide dedicated supervision to Staff Attorneys. This includes regular case reviews, reviewing and editing motions, accompanying Staff Attorneys to complicated court appearances, and participating in performance reviews. EBFD attorneys are expected to provide diligent and zealous representation at all court appearances and throughout the course of cases, including litigating contested issues, active motion practice and the filing and litigating of interim writ appeals, as well as out-of-court advocacy and settlement negotiation. The Supervising Attorney will share responsibility with the Co-Directors for designing and maintaining efficient work systems, procedures, and policies that facilitate optimum service delivery to clients. The Supervising Attorney will maintain employee work schedules and prepare periodic reports for management to track strategic goal accomplishment. The Supervising Attorney is expected to develop and foster a sense of teamwork within EBFD teams, promoting healthy communication and collaboration among staff. The Supervising Attorney will also promote EBFD’s systemic advocacy and coalition-building in the community.


STAFF ATTORNEY


JOB DESCRIPTION

Staff Attorneys at East Bay Family Defenders will work as court-appointed counsel to defend indigent parents in cases filed by the Department of Children and Family Services in Alameda County Juvenile Dependency Court. Our office takes a collaborative, interdisciplinary team approach to representation of parents. Staff will include attorneys, social workers, and mentor parents.


In addition to providing our clients with the highest quality client-directed legal defense, systemic objectives of our teams include keeping children out of foster care, shortening lengths of stay for children in foster care, promoting quality visiting arrangements, and ensuring that families receive services that are well-tailored to expediting safe and lasting reunification. Attorneys are expected to keep case data and client legal notes and files up to date. Attorneys joining EBFD can expect intensive, interdisciplinary training on California juvenile dependency law, trauma-informed practices, and litigation skills. EBFD is dedicated to providing ongoing professional development for all staff.


QUALIFICATIONS

Applicants must be members of the California Bar or awaiting admission and have excellent litigation, written, and oral communication skills. Spanish speakers are strongly encouraged to apply, as well as applicants with other second-language proficiency. Applicants should be able to demonstrate strong organizational, 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 quickly evolving field. 


RESPONSIBILITIES

EBFD has a trauma-informed, high volume litigation practice. Attorneys are in court almost daily, where they frequently conduct hearings and trials, often on an emergency basis. Staff attorneys are expected to provide diligent and zealous representation at all court appearances and throughout the course of a case, including litigating contested issues, active motion practice and the filing and litigating of interim writ appeals, as well as out-of-court advocacy and settlement negotiation. Staff Attorneys must possess the organizational skills necessary to maintain an active, high caseload and the willingness to participate in implementing systems that promote efficient case management. Staff Attorneys will work closely with the in-house Social Worker and Mentor Parent, as well as relevant community partners, to provide holistic assistance on collateral issues affecting clients’ dependency cases. Staff Attorneys may also participate in systemic advocacy, supervise law school interns, and engage in coalition-building efforts with aligned community-based agencies.


COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

Salary is commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits package will include health and dental coverage and generous paid time off.


HOW TO APPLY

Please email a cover letter, resume, and one writing sample (maximum 10 pages in length) to jobs@familydefender.org. Applications accepted on a rolling basis until May 18, 2018.


East Bay Family Defenders is an equal opportunity employer and values a diverse workforce.

Benefits

Competitive benefits package will include health and dental coverage and generous paid time off.

Level of Language Proficiency

Spanish speakers are strongly encouraged to apply, as well as applicants with other second-language proficiency.

Professional Level

Professional

Minimum Education Required

J.D.

How To Apply

jobs@familydefender.org

http://www.eastbayfamilydefenders.org

Please email a cover letter, resume, and one writing sample (maximum 10 pages in length) to jobs@familydefender.org. Applications accepted on a rolling basis until May 18, 2018.


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