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WA Office of Civil Legal Aid (OCLA) Seeks Children’s Representation Program Counsel
March 15, 2024 | Erin Stewart

The Office of Civil Legal Aid (OCLA) is an independent agency in the judicial branch of state government. Recognizing that “the provision of civil legal aid services to indigent persons is an important component of the state’s responsibility to provide for the proper and effective administration of civil and criminal justice,” the Washington State Legislature established OCLA in 2005 to manage the then-small state investment in civil legal aid services to low-income people in Washington State. In the years since, the Legislature has greatly expanded the scope of OCLA’s responsibilities.

OCLA’s CRP team is currently comprised of a Program Manager; two Program Counsel; a Training Coordinator; and two dedicated Administrative Support members. The CRP is looking for an equity-minded, collaborative, and self-directed individual with a passion and commitment to justice for children and youth involved in the child welfare system to join our team as its newest Program Counsel.

Program Counsel serve many important functions in the CRP. Primarily, Program Counsel work with the Program Manager and the CRP team to develop and implement effective strategies for contracted attorney technical support, oversight, and accountability. Program Counsel also help support the design and implementation of our growing statewide program for children and youth appointed counsel pursuant to RCW 13.34.212(3), as well as serve on various committees and workgroups concerned with improving the child welfare system.

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