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TeamChild Seeks Staff Attorney Pierce County Office
March 16, 2021 | Alison Pagan

TeamChild is seeking a full-time staff attorney in our Pierce County Office. This is an opportunity to be part of a collaborative team that is dedicated to client-centered legal advocacy and working to continually reflect and improve our client services and office and program practices. TeamChild’s three central strategies for practicing our mission and affecting change are direct representation, policy advocacy, and training and consultation. Staff attorneys participate in each of these strategies, with client representation as the primary focus. All TeamChild staff participate in fulfilling our commitment to organizational transformation through training, workgroups, retreats, staff meetings, and other internal collaborations. This position will be reviewed after 18 months and retention will be dependent upon funding, and organizational needs.


Direct Representation
● Work effectively with youth clients age 12 to 24 and continue learning and applying knowledge
about adolescent brain development and trauma informed approaches to working with young
● Maintain an appropriate client caseload based on statewide and local office guidance,
considering level of experience, complexity of current caseload, and other agreed upon
● Develop content expertise in substantive areas of law that we regular practice, including special
education, school discipline, McKinney Vento, CHINS, emancipation, dependency, post conviction
relief, juvenile court delinquency support, Medicaid, DDA eligibility, SSI eligibility, guardianship, civil
rights, and more;
● Present cases competently, as required by client needs and TeamChild’s commitments, in superior
court, administrative hearings, juvenile court, and possibly federal court and appellate court;
● Comply with RPCs in providing high quality legal representation;
● Maintain organized and clear client case files, consistently maintain timekeeping and case notes in
TeamChild’s web/cloud-based case management system, and close cases in a timely manner, based
on statewide and local office guidance;
● Collaborate with local office/program teams and program staff statewide on intake/screening
processes, case planning, case support, litigation planning, co-counseling, reviewing other attorney’s
work and closed cases, and other projects;
● Thoroughly review applicable funding contracts in order to understand deliverables and ensure

Training and Consulting
● Provide substantive training and consultation on a variety of legal areas to youth, families,
professionals, community members, and other lawyers;
● Participate in community engagement work, including but not only outreach activities, to develop
relationships and connect with the communities where you work;
● Build and maintain relationships with local and statewide partners and promote effective
collaboration with other legal aid, public defense and advocacy organizations;

● Opportunities to work on individual and collective policy advocacy areas as they are developed and
agreed to by TeamChild at the local, county, and statewide (sometimes federal) levels;
Organizational Transformation
● Participate in collaborative decision making processes about our work, priorities, and administration
and operations;
● Participate in retreats, planning meetings, regular staffings, and other collective agency work; and
● Continue learning about, developing, and applying anti-racist principles in work internal to
TeamChild as well as in our community and client work.

For more information, including how to apply, click here: TeamChild Staff Attorney – Pierce County