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Public Defense Attorney - Dependency and Delinquency

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Public Defender Services of Lane County | Eugene, OR
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Public Defender Services of Lane County


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Published 12 days ago

March 2, 2020
February 3, 2020
$60,000 - $93,000

Juvenile Dependency Attorney


Public Defender Services of Lane County is looking for a trial attorney to join our juvenile team in Oregon’s beautiful Willamette Valley. The ideal candidate will have previous experience representing parents and children in dependency proceedings, up to and including termination of parental rights.

Dependency:

This job puts you in contact with people from every walk of life, and we are seeking a candidate who can defend parents with a range of issues including allegations of substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence, sexual abuse, physical abuse and neglect. You may also be appointed at times to represent children who are alleged to be subject to abuse or neglect; these children are often in foster care. You will be expected to craft thoughtful legal arguments and wade through mountains of discovery to defend your clients’ rights. The ideal candidate will triage a heavy caseload, keep up to date on ever-changing case law, and fearlessly take cases to trial when it is in the client's best interest to do so. This position involves frequent court appearances, meetings at the Department of Human Services, and countless hours of out-of-court advocacy. Dependency cases often last years, so developing strong working relationships with clients is essential. 

Delinquency:

This job involves representing juveniles accused of conduct that would be criminal if committed by an adult. A delinquency attorney must be ready to zealously represent juveniles and hold the State to the same burden of proof as they would an adult client. The ideal candidate will have experience working with tweens and teens, and be skilled in communicating complex ideas in language that children can understand. Patience and creativity are a must. Experience in adult criminal defense is strongly preferred. This position involves explaining to children their rights and advocating for them while sometimes dealing with pushy family members that try to act on behalf of the client. It involves frequent court appearances up to and including bench trials.

Job Responsibilities

-               Assisting clients navigating the dependency system including working with DHS and treatment provider

-               Opposing DHS whenever clients’ rights are being violated

-      Assisting and defending youth in the juvenile delinquency system, and coordinating cases that cross over between dependency and delinquency jurisdiction

-       Visiting child clients at foster homes, parents’ homes, group homes, residential treatment programs, and juvenile detention programs

-       Keeping in excellent contact with clients, including telephone calls, office appointments, e-mails, visiting clients at jail, and meeting with them at various agencies including DHS or school

-       Advising clients about settlement and being prepared to litigate whenever necessary

-       Reviewing voluminous piles of discovery and constantly-changing case law.

-       Working with families going through intense emotional turmoil with compassion while explaining their rights and helping them understand realistic expectations for their case and circumstances

Juvenile Dependency Attorney


Public Defender Services of Lane County is looking for a trial attorney to join our juvenile team in Oregon’s beautiful Willamette Valley. The ideal candidate will have previous experience representing…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • J.D. Required
  • Professional

Benefits

Full health insurance, dental, vision, sick time, 3-weeks of vacation (increases to 5 weeks after 5 years), retirement, short and long term disability insurance, bus pass, and a dog friendly office!

Full health insurance, dental, vision, sick time, 3-weeks of vacation (increases to 5 weeks after 5 years), retirement, short and long term disability insurance, bus pass, and a dog…

How to Apply

Applicants must be members of the Oregon State Bar in good standing. We would strongly prefer to hire a TPR-qualified attorney, but we’re most interest in your work ethic and commitment to public defense, regardless of your background. PDSLC is an equal opportunity employer. Pay for this position is $60,000 to $93,634, depending on experience. We also have excellent benefits. To apply, please e-mail Brook Reinhard, Executive Director, at attorneypersonnel@lanepds.orgInclude a resume and cover letter.  We will be reviewing materials and may begin conducting interviews before the closing date, so the sooner you submit your application, the better. Final closing date on this position is February 3, 2020.

Applicants must be members of the Oregon State Bar in good standing. We would strongly prefer to hire a TPR-qualified attorney, but we’re most interest in your work ethic and…

Location

1143 Oak Street, Eugene, OR 97401

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