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.
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.