Two EBCLO Job Opportunities – Dependency Staff Attorney and Director of Social Work

East Bay Children’s Law Office (EBCLO) is hiring for two positions – Dependency Staff Attorney and Director of Social Work.

Dependency Staff Attorney Overview

EBCLO seeks a full-time dependency attorney. The Staff Attorney will be responsible for a full caseload representing children at all stages of juvenile dependency proceedings pursuant to Welfare & Institutions Code § 300. The position requires extensive court appearances, 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, team decision making meetings, and other alternative dispute resolution efforts. The attorney will participate in frequent trainings to build legal knowledge, strengthen courtroom skills and develop a deeper understanding of relevant issues, as well as participate in EBCLO regular team meetings. It is also expected that the attorney will provide advocacy for juvenile dependent clients in other legal areas, including education, as appropriate.

Dependency 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.

Click here to download a PDF with more information about the job and instructions on how to apply.

Director of Social Work Overview

This is a full time position. The Director of Social Work reports to the Executive Director and is a member of the Executive Team. The Director of Social Work will be responsible for investigating all aspects of probate guardianship cases, including interviewing clients, service providers and professionals, and gathering records and reports. The Director of Social Work will visit homes and/or school for children, evaluating and reporting on the home and the child as required. The Director of Social Work will provide the probate attorney with an independent assessment of the child’s situation and when required, prepare and present an alternative disposition to the court. The Director of Social Work will supervise the social work team assigned to juvenile dependency cases. In addition, the Director of Social Work will recruit, train, and supervise social work student interns.

The Director of Social Work will prepare written reports and testify in court as required by the attorney with whom the social worker is partnered.

Click here to download a PDF with more information about the job and instructions on how to apply.

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Now Hiring Director of Social Work

Want to join EBCLO management and lead our fearless team of social workers?  Plus, work directly with our probate guardianship clients?  This is the job for you!  Director of Social Work- Job Announcement 2019

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Training for Caregivers & Professionals!

EBCLO is co-hosting a training with Parents & Caregivers for Wellness next week in Santa Rosa.  The first day is designed specifically for parents and caregivers of children with mental health needs. The second day is designed for therapists, lawyers and other professionals who work with those children.  Join us!  Advocacy and Wellness Flyer 1-15-19 Navigating MH rights of children 1-16-19

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Sky Ranch Foundation’s Mike Donohoe Visits EBCLO

Many thanks to the Sky Ranch Foundation for generously continuing their support to East Bay Children’s Law Offices.  For the third year running, we were honored to host Sky Ranch Foundation Board Vice President Mike Donohoe at our offices last month and to introduce him to our new canine companion Aubrey.  Formed in 1961, and building on more than 57 years of tradition, Sky Ranch Foundation is committed to giving at-risk youth a second chance by identifying and offering grants to efficient and effective programs focused on improving the quality of help available to these youth.  We are grateful for their partnership.

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Spotlight on a Special CASA

By: Beza Sileshi, 2018 Summer Intern
On a typical day, Josh* and his CASA Danny Ceballos will drive around, listen to music, discuss the latest episodes of RuPaul’s Drag Race and even hit up a few wig stores. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is an organization of community volunteers who mentor foster youth and advocate for them alongside children’s lawyers.  Ceballos became Josh’s CASA about five and a half years ago when Josh was 10 years old. Josh was misunderstood and struggled to express himself, making it difficult for Josh to get paired with the right CASA volunteer at first, but that all changed when Danny came along.  “The relationship I have with Josh is so much more than that,” said Ceballos. Ceballos visits Josh every week, and recently took Josh to the beach for the first time in Josh’s life.
Going to the PRIDE Parade in San Francisco is an annual tradition for the pair.  Ceballos helps Josh learn to navigate the world as an LGBTQ+ youth, but he says Josh teaches him more than he teaches Josh. “He refuses to be pigeonholed, and he’s taught me what bravery is, without even knowing it,” said Ceballos. While Ceballos may teach Josh boundaries and life skills, Josh pushes Ceballos to wear a wig in public and to unapologetically be himself. Ceballos says there is so much to learn from kids a little outside the norm.  “Be a CASA because you can change a kid and you can change the world,” said Ceballos.  EBCLO is grateful to adults like Danny Ceballos who love and support our LGBTQ+ clients. We celebrate our LGBTQ+ clients this month, and always.
*not his real name
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EBCLO Board of Directors Appoints Kristin Mateer Executive Director

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am sorry to announce the resignation of Executive Director, Barrie Becker, who took over for EBCLO’s founding executive director, Roger Chan, in 2017. Ms. Becker’s last day at EBCLO was April 20, 2018. Ms. Becker will be remembered as a kind, generous leader who helped EBCLO through the latest disappointing round of state budget cuts by working to broaden our income base, including expanded foundation-based fundraising. She also spearheaded a recent staff reorganization and established a long-needed salary scale for EBCLO employees.  Ms. Becker leaves us to pursue new personal and professional opportunities.

Although we regret Ms. Becker’s departure, the Board of Directors is delighted to announce the appointment of co-founder and former Managing Attorney, Kristin Mateer, as EBCLO’s new Executive Director effective April 23, 2018. Ms. Mateer, a certified Child Welfare Law Specialist, has devoted her legal career to improving the quality of legal representation and services for children and youth in Alameda County’s superior court systems.  In 1998, after completing a post-law-school judicial clerkship, Ms. Mateer became a Dependency Attorney with the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office where she gained the reputation of being an intelligent, hard-working, vigorous advocate for indigent parents and children in child welfare proceedings.  When the Public Defender’s Office discontinued dependency practice in 2009, Ms. Mateer became a co-founder of EBCLO where she was instrumental in establishing EBCLO’s holistic representation practice on every level. Her duties included securing state funding, developing EBCLO’s organizational structure and by-laws, hiring attorneys, social workers and administrative staff, locating office space, and developing a comprehensive benefits package for EBCLO employees.   As Managing Attorney, Ms. Mateer expanded EBCLO’s scope of practice to include court-appointed representation of children in probate guardianship proceedings and has directed that practice since 2010.  While managing the probate practice, carrying a personal caseload including both dependency and probate clients, supervising staff attorneys, and working with other executive team members to maintain all aspects of EBCLO’s organizational structure, Ms. Mateer also developed and ran EBCLO’s individual giving campaigns, and produced EBCLO’s Annual Report.   Outside of EBCLO, Ms. Mateer finds time to be involved in numerous community activities, including serving as CASA Advisory Board Chair since 2011, and volunteering extensively at her daughters’ elementary school.  The Board fully expects Ms. Mateer to lead EBCLO brilliantly for many years to come.

Kathy Siegel, EBCLO Board chair person

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Now Hiring Staff Attorney

Come join our team!  There isn’t a better job out there!

EBCLO Job Announcement Dependency Staff Attorney (April 2018)

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Caregiver Resiliency Conference in LA this month!

East Bay Children’s Law Offices is a proud partner of Parents & Caregivers for Wellness.  It’s a project of the Mental Health Services Oversight & Accountability Commission striving to ensure that families are able to obtain the mental health services they need.  All types of caregivers are welcome.

For more information click here: Caregiver Resiliencey Conference

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EBCLO Lauded in Recognition of Court Adoption & Permanency Month

The Judicial Council hosted former EBCLO client and his adoptive parents when they proclaimed that November is Court Adoption and Permanency Month.  The Rockafellows’ ten minute presentation celebrates their new family, the tireless advocacy of Drew’s EBCLO attorney, Rob Waring, and even suggests they want to do it again.

To read more and watch the presentation click here.

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Calling all caregivers–a survey for you!

East Bay Children’s Law Offices is part of a Mental Health Services Oversight & Accountability Committee grant working with parents & caregivers statewide to improve services and support families and strengthen the voices of parents and caregivers in the process.  Are you a caregiver?  Please fill out this survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/oacparentcaregiversurvey

If you are interested in getting more involved, please contact Jessie Conradi at Jessie.Conradi@ebclo.org.

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