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The Washington State Office of Public Defense (OPD) Parents Representation Program (PRP) seeks an attorney for to indigent parents, custodians and legal guardians
June 16, 2023 | Chinami Arai

Issued:  June 15, 2023

Ends: Open Until Filled

The Washington State Office of Public Defense (OPD) Parents Representation Program (PRP) currently provides state funded attorney representation and case support services to indigent parents, custodians and legal guardians involved in child dependency and termination of parental rights proceedings in all Washington counties.  OPD is requesting applications for attorney representation in King County.

King County: One or more contracts, part-time caseload of up to 50% (up to 40 open and active dependency &
termination cases) until filled. Start date is negotiable.
The approximate caseload and annual compensation for a full-time attorney is 80 cases and between $169,000 to
$182,134. Part-time attorney position compensation is pro-rated based on a percentage of a full-time case load.
Compensation includes all overhead such as support staff, rent, and other costs of doing business. Compensation is
dependent on experience. If interested, follow the application procedures below.
PRP Purpose Statement: Ensuring a fair and equitable child welfare system by leading, administering, and
supporting the effective and efficient delivery of multidisciplinary right-to-counsel services for indigent parents facing state intervention in the parent-child relationship.

The following qualifications are required:
• Licensed member of good standing with the Washington State Bar
• Able to meet Washington State Supreme Court Standards for Indigent Defense
• A demonstrated commitment to parents’ rights, indigent defense, or social justice issues
• Experience or interest in how race, gender, national origin, disability, and class intersect to create disparities for individuals and families experiencing state intervention in their lives and a willingness to challenge the state when it exists.
• Provide representation with energy, enthusiasm and a commitment to trauma-informed, anti-racist, intersectional, non-judgmental, and truly holistic advocacy throughout the case
• Be familiar with RCW 13.34 and court rules pertaining to dependency and termination cases
• Be responsive to and communicate clearly with clients who are often under great stress
• Develop collaborative working relationships with other parties and all child welfare stakeholders
• Experience in the court for which you are interested preferred, but not required

For more information, click here.