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Purpose. Dignity. Action. Seeking Staff Attorney (Family Law)
April 22, 2024 | Erin Stewart

Purpose. Dignity. Action (PDA) (formerly The Public Defender Association) is looking for a Staff Attorney to provide legal services to individuals who have been diverted away from criminal system involvement to LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion/Let Everyone Advance with Dignity) services. PDA seeks an attorney, with experience representing parents in family law or dependency cases, who is motivated to help those most frequently harmed by existing criminal legal and social service systems, including those with disabilities, people of color, those living unsheltered, and survivors of past incarceration.

The Staff Attorney will assist LEAD participants who seek to reconnect with their children through a variety of family law procedures, typically after a period of disconnection caused by lack of access to housing, criminal legal involvement, and/or behavioral health. The Staff Attorney may also work on other types of cases in a widely-varied legal practice, ranging from criminal and eviction defense to immigration petitions and public benefits work. The most important characteristics applicants can possess are the ability to work independently and efficiently learn new
legal practice areas, strong legal research and writing skills, and strong instinctive advocacy ability. Qualified candidates will enjoy developing creative legal approaches to address the harms created by conventional responses to crime and public order issues.

For Full Job Description and to Apply: 
The position will remain open until filled. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Please submit the following via the ADP portal HERE.

● Letter of interest.
● Resumé.
● One legal writing sample, unedited by others.
● Names and contact information for three references.
NOTE that all materials will need to be uploaded as attachments in the ADP portal.
Applications will be considered once they are complete.