Provides attorney representation and case support services to indigent parents, custodians and legal guardians involved in child dependency and termination of parental rights proceedings in Skagit County. Eventually the attorney may rotate into one of the criminal divisions, such as District Court, Juvenile Court or Superior Court depending upon qualifications determined by the Director. Upon approval, additional monthly compensation for Spanish proficiency.
Essential Functions include:
Strong legal research and writing skills and a firm grasp of the constitutional requirements of due process.
Ability to incorporate emerging ideas from child welfare research and literature into litigation strategy.
Ability to think and act independently and advocate for clients’ rights in the face of opposition from entrenched interests.
Handle Superior and/or District Court proceedings based upon level of skill, knowledge and experience as determined by the Director.
Meet with clients to obtain information that is relevant to the defense of their case, which may include obtaining information that is relevant to the issue of release from confinement or a reduction of bail; to determine the client’s goals of the litigation; to discuss possible defenses and trial strategy; and to provide legal information and advice. Attorneys maintain communication with clients in person, by phone, by e-mail, or by mail throughout the course of the representation to keep their clients informed regarding the status of their case.
Conduct or direct investigation that is appropriate for each case, including, but not limited to, interviewing State and defense witnesses, obtaining records, consulting with expert witnesses, and visiting alleged crime scenes.
Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the cases assigned to him or her; develop an understanding of the possible sentences or outcomes of the litigation, including immigration and other collateral consequences; and develop an understanding of the law that is relevant to the case through legal research. Attorneys prepare and file appropriate motions, including, but not limited to, motions to dismiss, motions to suppress evidence, motions to compel discovery; and motions to compel services.