Are you looking for an opportunity to help children who are most in need of advocacy and to build rewarding relationships with young clients while moving them from crisis to a stable future?
The Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County's Foster Children's Project offers a work environment that encourages creative thinking and a collaborative approach where attorneys work with social workers, paralegals and supervisors to find the best outcomes for their clients. The office is a hybrid office/remote work setting and offers an excellent work/life balance.
Attorneys from the Legal Aid Society's Foster Children's Project represent children primarily in front of the circuit court (juvenile division) in dependency proceedings. Attorneys advocate for services for children with mental health, behavioral, educational, physical health and other needs. Attorneys are in court often but this position only rarely involves formal litigation. You will draft legal documents and advise clients as to their legal rights. Attorneys visit clients in their placements, foster homes, group homes, detention center, school, hospital or any other placement facility. Some intermittent travel is necessary.
The attorney is supervised by and reports directly to the Supervising Attorney. The attorney’s work is evaluated by the Supervising Attorney. Works under general and minimal supervision. Work schedule is as follows: generally Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. with occasional evening or weekend work.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Represents clients before administrative and judicial tribunals in a full range of civil legal matters.
- Shepherds cases through juvenile court process, enforces statutory time frames on behalf of client, litigates as necessary to enforce forward progress on client’s case. Conducts interviews of clients at the office or elsewhere.
- Investigates and develops cases, including conducting necessary interviews and consulting appropriate agencies and resources.
- Counsels and advises clients in legal matters.
- Negotiates on behalf of clients.
- Drafts letters, memos, pleadings, briefs, and other legal documents and written materials.
- Develops specialized skills and knowledge in at least one (1) area of law handled by the Legal Aid Society.
- Remains current on new developments in the law which affect Legal Aid clients.
- Performs legal research.
- Maintains accurate and complete records and files regarding cases.
- Makes referrals and follows up referrals of clients to appropriate alternative or additional sources of assistance.
- Develops and maintains relationships with social service agencies.
- Develops and maintains relationships with the Palm Beach County Bar Association.
- Assists in the development and execution of community education projects and activities.
- Serves on community, bar, and county committees where feasible.
- Attends staff and other meetings in the community as assigned.
- Maintains confidentiality of all information handled.
- Complies with all agency policies and procedures.
- Works with other staff members to form a positive, supportive team atmosphere.
- Keeps accurate accounting of time spent on each client’s case through Legal Server.
- Must work the days and hours to perform all assigned responsibilities and tasks, and be punctual and timely in meeting all performance requirements, including but not limited to, attendance standards and work deadlines.
- Must maintain courteous, professional and effective working relationships with employees and clients of the organization.
- Assists the Executive Director and/or supervisor with special projects, assignments and any additional duties as deemed appropriate or as needed.
- Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) from A.B.A. accredited law school.
- Member of the Florida Bar.
- Excellent verbal and written skills.
- Knowledge of the Florida and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
- Dependability, initiative, motivation, and concern for interests of clients.
- Strong, positive interpersonal skills.
- Good judgment and organization.
- Must pass Level 2 background screening and internal conflict check process.
- Knowledge of child welfare system and juvenile law strongly preferred.
- Ability to work independently and responsibly
- High ethical standards.
SALARY RANGE: Salary range $52,000 to $62,000 depending on experience. Full benefits package in addition to salary (health, dental, vision, 401K, disability, life insurance).
APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE: Send resume and cover letter by Friday, December 3, 2022.
The Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Inc., is an Equal Opportunity Employer. EOE ADA
Job Type: Full-time
Pay: $52,000.00 - $62,000.00 per year
- 401(k) matching
- Dental insurance
- Employee assistance program
- Flexible spending account
- Health insurance
- Health savings account
- Life insurance
- Paid time off
- Professional development assistance
- Vision insurance
- 8 hour shift
- Monday to Friday
- Florida Bar license (Preferred)
Work Location: One location