TRIAL ATTORNEY (Child Protection)

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200 I Street SE (4th Floor)
Washington, DC 20003
United States
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Organization name: 
Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia
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Position Description: 

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES: The Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia is seeking a trial attorney for the Family Services Division, Child Protection Section.

Attorneys in the Child Protection sections represent the District of Columbia on behalf of the Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) in child abuse and neglect cases in the Family Court of the D.C. Superior Court. There are four Child Protection sections. Attorneys in these sections handle all aspects of child neglect litigation on behalf of the District and CFSA, from petitioning through the achievement of permanency. Attorneys are responsible for petitioning new cases alleging child abuse or neglect, propounding and/or responding to discovery, filing and/or responding to pre-trial motions, participating in mediation, preparing witnesses to testify at trial, and presenting evidence at trial.

The attorneys also represent CFSA post-adjudication with the goal of ultimately securing a safe and permanent home for children through reunification, adoption or guardianship. In the post-adjudication phase of a neglect case, attorneys are responsible for representing CFSA at review of disposition, status and permanency hearings, participating in evidentiary hearings, filing motions and responsive pleadings. In addition, the attorneys provide advice and counsel to social workers and other professionals from CFSA regarding compliance with local and federal law, participate in team meetings as necessary, and work with various multi-disciplinary team members. Attorneys simultaneously maintain a trial caseload and post-adjudication caseload.

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The successful candidate must possess strong negotiation, litigation and analytical skills. A demonstrated commitment to work in the area of child welfare is preferred, but not required.

ELIGIBILITY: The candidate must have a law degree and be an active member in good standing of the bar of any jurisdiction. If you are not a member of the District of Columbia Bar, you must be sworn into the District of Columbia Bar within 360 days of your initial appointment with the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia.

To apply: 

HOW TO APPLY: Candidates should e-mail one PDF file which includes: 1) a cover letter (must include the vacancy number) specifically addressing relevant experience; 2) résumé; 3) list of three references; and 4) a writing sample to [email protected] by 11:59pm EST on May 17, 2017, addressed to Arlyntha Love, Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia, 441 4th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Submission deadline: 
Thursday, May 18, 2017