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Legal Counsel for Youth and Children seeks an attorney
March 7, 2023 | Chinami Arai

King County, WA
Full-time, exempt

LCYC seeks a passionate, collaborative, and innovative attorney, committed to social justice and anti-racism, to provide holistic legal services to young people in King County – primarily dependency cases, possibly minor guardianship, BECCA proceedings, and/or juvenile defense, depending on the applicant’s qualifications. Applicants must be a member of the Washington State Bar Association and meet the minimum requirements of King County Department of Public Defense assigned counsel panel for dependency cases.
This position is based in King County. LCYC is a virtual non-profit. The attorney will work from home and meet with clients in the community, schools, and homes. The attorney will appear in court as required and attend various meetings, such as Family Team Decision Making meetings (both currently mainly virtually, subject to change). As part of our holistic advocacy, the attorney may also provide legal advice and advocacy on a range of civil legal issues such as orders of protection, housing access, eviction prevention, record-sealing, legal financial obligations, name and gender marker changes, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, and public benefits. Applicants do not need existing
expertise in all civil legal areas, but they do need to arrive at LCYC with a commitment to continual learning.
Working in collaboration with youth and community providers, the attorney will help identify and influence systemic barriers to youth access to justice. Additionally, the attorney will engage in ongoing trainings and conversation as LCYC advance’s its journey in becoming an anti-racist organization.

LCYC is an equal opportunity employer committed to having a diverse staff and board reflective of the communities we serve. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, those with lived experience, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and other underrepresented and historically marginalized groups. LCYC particularly values lived experience in our practice areas of child welfare, juvenile court, youth and family immigration, and youth homelessness.

This is a full-time salaried position that requires a willingness to work some evenings and weekends, as well as occasional travel within the state. LCYC exempt employees have some flexibility in setting their schedules each week. This flexibility allows staff to adapt the timing of their work week with the scheduling needs of representing youth. This flexibility also allows exempt employees to achieve better individual balance between work and home.
The salary range for the position is $69,000 – $90,100, depending on experience. Attorneys with ten or more years of experience are at the high end, with a salary of $90,100. Spanish speakers are eligible for an additional $3,000 annually, beyond their set salary. Supportive benefits include but are not limited to Flexible Time Away, medical, dental, life and disability insurance, 403(b) plan, and paid home office needs such as cell phone, laptop
computer, stand-up desk, and printer.

LCYC does not have a shared office space. All staff work from home offices. Travel for work is
compensated at the Federal reimbursement rate.

• At least one year of dependency experience as a public defender, assistant attorney general, or private practitioner; or have significant experience handling family law litigation or complex litigation.
• Active member in good standing of the Washington State Bar Association
• Demonstrated commitment to LCYC’s mission of protecting the interest and safety of youthinWashington by advancing their legal rights.
• Commitment to and demonstrated interest in engaging in culturally competent relationships and applying an anti-racist lens to program operations, community partnerships, and supporting young people.
• Demonstrated interest and ability in working with youth and families of diverse racial, cultural, socio-economic backgrounds and inspire their confidence.
• Ability to work independently and be self-motivated.
• Ability to communicate legal concepts, options, and potential outcomes in adevelopmentally appropriate manner with youth.
• Ability to work professionally with youth and diverse community partners, developing a relationship of trust and confidence.
• Ability to be flexible, adjusting to the needs of youth, community, and organization.
• Committed to continual learning and responsive to feedback.
• The applicant must have access to a car as the position involves some travel.
• Fluency in Spanish is highly valued.

The staff attorney in King County will undertake a range of duties including, but not limited to the list below.
• Provide holistic representation to youth in dependency, termination, guardianship, and extended foster care cases adhering to the state-wide Standards for Representation of Children and Youth in Dependency Cases (Updated 2022).
• Depending on the applicant’s qualifications, they may also be assigned to represent youth in juvenile defense cases, BECCA cases, and in minor guardianships.
• Provide youth with legal advice, referrals, mediation, and in-court representation as needed on a variety of legal matters including, but not limited to special education, orders of protection, housing access, eviction prevention, record-sealing, legal financial obligations, name and gender marker changes, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, and public benefits.
• Investigate each 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; examine and cross-examine witnesses; conduct hearings and trials.
• Participate in regular case staffings with an LCYC Supervisor.
• Participate in regular meetings with the Dependency Team, all staff monthly meetings, and an annual retreat with all LCYC staff.
• Staff cases, problem solve, and identify trends and systemic barriers as an active memberof LCYC.
• Participate in trainings to continually improve the advocacy provided to the youth LCYCserves.
• Track time and pertinent case data from intakes and closing in LCYC’s case managementsystem.
• Regularly participate in all staff meetings, trainings, identity group conversations, and project specific workgroups on equity and systemic racism.
LCYC’s services are community based; we meet youth in locations where they feel safe and can easily access. LCYC will continue to adapt our policies in line with public health recommendations and our legal responsibilities to young people we represent. All LCYC staff are required to provide proof of vaccination for COVID 19

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