Dependency Advocacy Center (DAC), a nonprofit family defense organization, provides free legal services to indigent parents and some children involved with Santa Clara County’s juvenile dependency system. Our parent clients face the removal of their children due to concerns of abuse and neglect. A myriad of issues are presented, including poverty, substance abuse, domestic violence, and mental health concerns.
Dependency Advocacy Center provides zealous legal 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.
Responsibilities and Duties
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.
• Member in good standing of the State Bar of California
• Knowledge and experience of juvenile dependency law preferred
• Experience in courtroom advocacy preferred
• Ability to work compassionately and respectfully with clients in crisis
• High degree of professionalism
• Ability to interact respectfully with judicial officers and adhere to the court’s schedule
• Demonstrated commitment to public interest issues
• Ability to flourish in a high-energy environment
• Ability to multi-task and be a productive team player
• Excellent verbal, interpersonal, writing, interviewing, and organizational skills
• Bilingual skills preferred
• Ability to work collaboratively as part of an interdisciplinary team of social workers and mentor parents
Salary: $80,000 annually. Medical, dental, and vision coverage available.
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