Legal Counsel for Youth and Children (LCYC) seeks to improve the lives of Washington's children by providing them with legal counsel and advocacy. LCYC is in search of a staff attorney to zealously advocate for some of Washington’s most vulnerable children. LCYC represents children in dependency matters and juvenile offender proceedings. Our staff attorneys must build professional and trusting relationships with youth, counsel youth in a developmentally appropriate manner, and provide superb legal advocacy in and out of court.
Job Title: Staff Attorney
Employee Classification: Paid hourly, overtime-exempt professional. The position begins as part-time and requires a build-up of cases. The position may remain part-time or gradually increase to full-time if desired.
Employee Reports to: LCYC Executive Director
Employee Serves: Children in Washington
- Provide zealous advocacy to child clients through the King County Office of Public Defense Conflict Counsel Panel at all phases of dependency proceedings, and/or juvenile offender matters
- Engage children in the court process through regular in-person attorney-client meetings. Interview and counsel children on their legal rights, options and the potential consequences of decisions. Assist children in preparing for and participating in trial, motions or review hearings.
- Assess and strategize on how to best meet the child’s legal goals. The child’s goals may be met through an arranged team meeting, negotiations, or by motion of the court. Advocacy may extend to realms of family law, immigration, education, and beyond.
- Communicate and collaborate with other people involved in the case such as parents’ attorneys, siblings’ attorneys, Court Appointed Special Advocates, Assistant Attorney Generals, social workers, therapists, foster parents, family members, probation counselors, educators and other service providers.
- Investigate the case and subpoena witnesses as appropriate; analyze facts in light of relevant legal considerations; conduct legal research; prepare litigation strategy; prepare legal memoranda, motions and briefs; argue legal motions and pleadings; litigate evidentiary hearings; examine and cross-examine witnesses.
- Meet weekly with LCYC’s Executive Director to staff cases.
- Join LCYC’s team for monthly staff meetings to review current internal and external affairs.
- Participate in trainings to continually improve the advocacy provided to the children LCYC serves.
- Keep case information and calendar updated LCYC’s online case management system and input case information into LCYC’s tracking database
- Active Member in good standing of the Washington State Bar Association.
- Counsel in at least one dependency or termination trial.
- Additional trial experience in juvenile offender matters is preferred.
- Minimum of three years’ experience as a practicing attorney; work/externships/internships in juvenile dependencies, juvenile offender matters or a related child welfare, education or indigent defense field is strongly preferred.
- Ability to drive with valid driver's license, auto insurance, and access to use of an automobile as needed.
- Strong skills in legal research, analysis, writing, negotiations and oral argument.
- Ability to communicate legal concepts, options and potential outcomes in a developmentally appropriate manner with children. Ability to work professionally with children and develop a relationship of trust and confidence.
- Ability to understand and apply the Washington Rules of Professional Conduct in advocating for children with varying cognitive abilities.
- Demonstrated interest and ability in working with children and families of diverse racial, cultural, socio-economic and age backgrounds and inspire their confidence.
- Ability to work collaboratively with others – colleagues, other counsel, service providers, educators, Court Appointed Special Advocates, foster and birth families, and the judiciary.
- Ability to work under supervision and respond to training.
- Ability to work independently and be self-motivated.
- Comfort in using basic computer programs such as Word, Excel, and Adobe.
To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample and a list of three references to firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications must be received by Monday, September 28, 2015.
Final applicants will be interviewed the week of October 5th. Hiring will be contingent on satisfactory results of a background check. LCYC is committed to promoting an environment free of barriers and discriminatory practices for its clients, Board and staff.