“Join a great team empowering the voices of Alameda County's foster youth!”
EBCLO seeks a full-time transition-aged youth attorney. The TAY Attorney will be responsible for a full caseload representing children and young adults aged 16-21 at all stages of juvenile dependency proceedings pursuant to Welfare & Institutions Code § 300. The position requires court appearances in all three dependency courtrooms, some trial work and regular client contact. Representation includes client interviews; providing ongoing evaluation and investigation of the cases; preparing for and participating in all hearings; participating in mediations, child and family team meetings, and other alternative dispute resolution efforts. The TAY attorney also participates in monthly Independent Living Program provider meetings, College Bridge Collaborative meetings and other transition-aged youth stakeholder meetings. The TAY attorney is responsible for keeping other staff attorneys informed about changes in law or policy related to TAY clients and community based resources for TAY clients. It is also expected that the attorney will provide advocacy for juvenile dependent clients in other legal areas, including education, as appropriate. The TAY attorney will be charged with developing and leading an EBCLO Youth Advisory Board. The TAY attorney will also be responsible for collecting data and fulfilling grant reporting responsibilities related to EBCLO’s advocacy for TAY clients as well as participating in researching and writing new grant proposals to support EBCLO’s TAY program.
EBCLO attorneys perform a variety of specialized legal practice functions, including some combination of the following: Law and motion court appearances, including writs in the Court of Appeal; independent legal research and writing, law library and legal database management; performance of support tasks requiring special knowledge and training; client and witness interviews, performance of other legal practice tasks and all related work.
On assignment by East Bay Children’s Law Offices, represent clients in dependency matters under Welfare & Institutions Code § 300.
Interview clients, advise clients on legal rights, legal proceedings, and appropriate decisions regarding child placement; make preliminary evaluation of conflict.
Take appropriate legal steps to best represent clients; advise clients on the proper course of action; represent clients at all phases of dependency proceedings, engage in client, lay witness and expert witness contact.
Consult with clients seeking re-entry into foster care and prepare and litigate re-entry petitions.
Order investigation of the case and subpoena witnesses determined to be helpful to the case; analyze facts in light of relevant legal considerations; conduct legal research; prepare litigation strategy, prepare legal memoranda, motions and briefs, and argue specific legal motions and pleadings; litigate evidentiary hearings; examine and cross-examine witnesses and challenge their qualifications; argue their case
Conduct contested and non-contested appearances, hearings, and trials for parties in juvenile court proceedings, and seek appropriate appellate relief from decision of the Juvenile Court by preparing and arguing writs and notices of appeal.
Attend Child & Family Team meetings for TAY clients.
Visit homes and other placements for children and youth, evaluating and reporting on the same as required; correspond and communicate with interested parties such as relatives, judges, community based service providers and social services personnel with regard to placements, the status and legal rights of clients; and handle all legal steps needed to protect client’s interests.
Participate in TAY related stakeholder meetings within the county and statewide.
Track outcomes of TAY clients and provide reports to funders.
Research and write new proposals for funding of TAY program.
Participate in regular meetings with EBCLO staff and participate in general office upkeep duties, including computer data entry of case information.
Appear before public and private groups to make presentations and answer questions on the functions of EBCLO.
Active Member in good standing of the State Bar of California. Candidates awaiting November 2018 bar results are encouraged to apply. Candidates who do not pass will be eliminated from consideration.
Strong written and verbal skills.
Demonstrated interest and ability in working with children and youth, and with low-income diverse ethnic communities.
Ability to work independently and be self-motivated.
Ability to drive with valid driver's license, auto insurance, and access to use of an automobile.
Knowledge and Abilities:
• Philosophy and practice of indigent defense.
• Scope and character of California statutory and constitutional law, including California Welfare and Institutions Code, Code of Civil Procedure, Evidence Code, and related case law.
• Legal principles and procedures followed in the handling of dependency including rules of evidence, rules of court, trial litigation, and appellate procedure.
• Basic personal computer systems.
• Research from published and electronic legal source materials.
• Terminology common to forensics, psychology, substance abuse, child development, family law, and juvenile law.
• Legal source materials.
• Perform legal research quickly and with initiative.
• Work effectively with colleagues and representatives of other agencies.
• Follow written and oral instructions.
• Prepare written legal arguments in a logical and concise manner.
• Legal research, including the interpretation of codes, statutes, procedures and forms.
• Summarize and evaluate complex documents and factual situations.
• Understand and apply legal principles to factual situations.
• Communicate effectively with teenage and young adult clients, lay witnesses, expert witnesses, child welfare workers, co-workers, and other lawyers and Judges.
• Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.
• Elicit, analyze, and apply legal data and evidence.
• Perform in a stressful environment.
• Appropriate decision making.
• Interpersonal sensitivity and flexibility.
• Establish working relationships with clients of diverse racial, cultural, socio-economic and age backgrounds and inspire their confidence.
• Utilize advanced litigation techniques, preserving the trial record by making timely and appropriate objections and motions, with demonstrated facility in writ procedures.
• Present legal arguments clearly, logically, and effectively in oral and written form.
• Handle legal correspondence and procedures with tact and accuracy.
• Maintain records, logs, and case files and prepare reports.
SALARY: Starting at $61,000 annually
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.
TO APPLY: Send cover letter, resume, and a list of three references to: firstname.lastname@example.org Please specify “Staff Attorney” in subject line. The majority of EBCLO’s clients are low income youth of color. To best serve our clients, we are constantly striving for a work place which supports diversity, inclusion and equity and in which differences are acknowledged and valued. In your cover letter, please address how your personal background or experience, professional or otherwise, have prepared you to contribute to our commitment to cultural humility and diversity amongst our staff. Please think broadly about your response to this question, applying various aspects of your life and personal experiences.
The East Bay Children’s Law Offices is an equal opportunity employer, a drug-free workplace, and an ADA accessible facility. The East Bay Children’s Law Offices values and promotes diversity. Applications invited regardless of race, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, age or disability.
The East Bay Children’s Law Offices, Inc. (EBCLO), a nonprofit organization, provides free legal representation to children and youth who are the subject of abuse and neglect proceedings in Alameda County Juvenile Dependency Court and by appointment to children in probate guardianship proceedings in the Alameda County Probate Court.
The mission of the East Bay Children’s Law Offices, Inc., is to protect and defend the rights of children and youth through effective, vigorous and compassionate legal advocacy. EBCLO strives to provide a voice for children in court and to promote positive outcomes for them.