The staff attorney will be responsible for a full caseload representing parents and some children at all stages of the juvenile dependency process. The position requires extensive court appearances and daily client contact. Representation includes client interviews, providing ongoing assessments of the merits of cases, conferring with social workers, opposing counsel, and other service providers, appearing at all court hearings, preparing witnesses for trial, participating in mediations and presenting clients’ cases to the court during uncontested hearings and bench trials. The attorney will also participate in frequent trainings to build legal knowledge, strengthen courtroom skills, and develop a deeper understanding of relevant systemic and social issues.
Desired qualifications include:
Member in good standing of the State Bar of California
Experience in courtroom advocacy preferred
Demonstrated commitment to public interest issues
Ability to flourish in a high-energy environment
Ability to multi-task and be a productive team player
Ability to work compassionately and respectfully with clients in crisis
Excellent verbal, interpersonal, writing, interviewing, and organizational skills
Bilingual skills preferred
Experience working with individuals from multi-ethnic communities
Additional Salary Information: Depending on experience.
Dependency Advocacy Center (DAC), a nonprofit organization, provides free legal services to indigent parents and some children involved with the juvenile dependency system. DAC is the contract provider for these services in Santa Clara County, CA. Our clients face the removal of their children due to concerns of abuse and neglect. A myriad of issues are presented, including substance abuse, dom...estic violence, and mental health, among others.
Mission Statement: DAC provides zealous representation to indigent clients in the juvenile dependency system to promote timely reunification and preservation of families in a safe, healthy environment. DAC believes that every parent and child entering the dependency system has a right to be treated with dignity, compassion and respect.