EBFD attorneys represent clients from their first appearance in Juvenile Court to their last. Parents in these cases face allegations by DCFS ranging from neglect to abuse of children, including substance abuse, untreated mental illness, domestic violence, homelessness, lack of childcare, and other issues affecting parents’ ability or resources to care for children. Our attorneys provide dedicated, zealous, client-directed legal defense while addressing underlying issues that bring families into the system. Attorney collaboration with in-house social work and mentor parent staff enhances achievement of client goals. These teams work to reduce foster care entries, shorten lengths of stay in foster care, promote frequent and high quality visiting arrangements, and ensure that families receive services that are well-tailored to expediting safe and lasting reunification. Attorneys joining EBFD can expect intensive, interdisciplinary training on California juvenile dependency law, trauma-informed practices, and litigation skills. EBFD is dedicated to maintaining a diverse, supportive, and sustainable work environment, and to equitably providing ongoing professional development for all staff.
Seeking applicants with a range of levels of experience, from junior to seasoned attorneys, to fill new positions in our expanding attorney staff. Must be members of the California Bar or awaiting admission and have excellent litigation skills, including strong written and oral advocacy ability. Spanish speakers are strongly encouraged to apply, as well as applicants with other second-language proficiency. Applicants must demonstrate professionalism, as well as self-reflective interpersonal and communication skills. Staff must possess an ability to work as part of a team, and a desire to embrace both the exhilaration and challenges of a new and innovative legal practice in a complex and quickly evolving field. Value is placed on relevant experience in dependency or juvenile law as well as connected disciplines, e.g., criminal defense, civil legal services, disability rights law, civil rights law, and immigration defense, among other areas.
Attorneys are in court almost daily, where they frequently conduct hearings and trials, often on an expedited timeline. Attorneys are expected to provide diligent and zealous representation, including litigating contested issues, filing motions, and litigating interim writ appeals, as well as conducting out-of-court advocacy and settlement negotiation. Attorneys must possess the organizational skills necessary to maintain an active, high caseload and the willingness to participate in developing and implementing systems that promote efficient case management. Staff Attorneys will work closely with the EBFD interdisciplinary staff, as well as relevant community partners, to provide holistic assistance on collateral issues affecting clients’ dependency matters. Staff Attorneys may also participate in systemic advocacy, supervise law school interns, and engage in coalition-building efforts with aligned community-based agencies. Attorneys are expected to maintain updated case data, client legal notes, and legal files.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
Salary is commensurate with experience, ranging between $64,000 to $100,000. Competitive benefits package will include health and dental coverage and generous paid time off.
HOW TO APPLY
Please email a cover letter, resume, and one writing sample to email@example.com. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until positions filled.
East Bay Family Defenders is an equal opportunity employer. We believe in access and inclusion of multiple dimensions of diversity, including race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, and disability. We are committed to implementing equitable practices and promoting diversity at all levels of our organization.
About East Bay Family Defenders
East Bay Family Defenders (EBFD) is a cutting-edge, interdisciplinary family defense practice. Our mission is to keep families together and minimize the time children spend in foster care. We represent all parents, and some children, in cases filed by the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) in Alameda County Juvenile Dependency Court. We opened our doors on September 1, 2018. We are hiring attorneys with a range of experience in Juvenile Dependency and/or related fields of law.
Our trauma-informed model provides legal defense, social work support, and peer mentorship to parents so that they can address their families’ needs with real solutions and successfully exit the child welfare system. We value diverse experience that equips staff for delivering the highest quality representation to our clients. We promote community-based preventive resources and restorative solutions that meaningfully strengthen families. We partner with a robust network of community-based providers and allied advocates, drawing upon their expertise to deliver meaningful and transformative support to our mutual clients.