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OCLA Seeks Children’s Representation Program Counsel
April 15, 2021 | Alison Pagan

The Washington State Office of Civil Legal Aid (OCLA) is an independent judicial branch agency that manages and oversees state appropriations for civil legal aid in Washington State. RCW 13.34.100(6) provides for the appointment of attorneys to represent children in all dependency cases six months following termination of parental rights. Attorneys contracted to represent legally free children must comply with specific practice, training, and caseload standards developed by a Children’s Representation Work Group in 2010 and are currently being revised.

RCW 13.34.100 (6) (c) (iii) and RCW 2.53.045 assign administration, oversight, and state contracting responsibility to the Office of Civil Legal Aid (OCLA). OCLA intends to hire a half-time Program Counsel to assist the Children’s Representation Program (CRP) Manager in implementing, monitoring and effectively supporting the provision of legal representation for children as required by current law and as it may be expanded in coming years. This position has the potential to become full-time at a later date.

For more information, including how to apply, click here: Children’s Representation Program Counsel