Supervising Attorney, Guardian ad Litem

$71,000 yearly
  • Children's Law Center
  • Dec 06, 2021
Full time Legal Nonprofit-Social Services

Job Description

Who We Are

At Children's Law Center, everything we do is focused on one thing - delivering better client outcomes for kids and families in DC. Our staff are empowered to open minds, shape decisions, and offer solutions. We encourage intellectual curiosity, innovation, diversity, and mutual respect.

 

Our greatest assets are our people. We strive to attract and cultivate a vibrant, creative, and diverse community. We recognize that people with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives fuel our ability to provide the best outcomes for our clients. Our staff drive Children's Law Center's mission with their leadership, result-orientated mindset, and commitment to cultural humility and centering the needs of our clients. We are looking for an individual who enjoys working in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment, likes to be challenged, and values the opportunity to make a difference.

 

Children's Law Center's success depends on recruiting and retaining individuals who possess and value these attributes.

 

Children's Law Center is currently operating remotely. This position will work from home until the organization returns to the office.

At Children’s Law Center, we prioritize the health and wellbeing of our clients, employees and their families and friends. All employees must be fully vaccinated and provide proof thereof as a condition of employment, unless the employee is approved for an exemption as an accommodation due to a disability or a sincerely-held religious belief.

 

Job Summary

Supervising attorneys each act as the primary supervisor for approximately 3-4 staff attorneys and are responsible for ensuring that their supervisees provide high quality representation to their clients and that those supervisees develop their legal abilities. Supervision tasks include being regularly available to supervisees, attending hearings, reviewing pleadings, active participation in trial preparation, and offering consistent feedback on performance. A supervising attorney will meet regularly with their supervisor to review case issues, spot supervision issues, and assess plans for assisting in the professional development of their supervisees. In addition to supervising staff attorneys, supervisors will maintain a caseload equal to approximately one-third of their workload. 

 

Supervising attorneys report to a senior supervising attorney. 

 

Supervisory Responsibilities

Supervision: formal advocacy and litigation  

  • Accompany their supervisees to court appearances for the first three months of new staff attorneys’ employment, and thereafter at the supervisees’ request or as required in the supervisor’s judgment.  
  • Review all written pleadings prepared by new staff during their six months of employment and as needed following that period.  
  • Provide feedback on court appearances as well as written material, including trial preparation.  

 

Supervision: CLC policy compliance  

  • Ensure that regular visits are taking place between GALs and their clients.  
  • Ensure that the GAL Project Supervision Standards are met. This includes entering a PIKA Supervisor Note in each of their supervisees’ cases every 45 days.  
  • Enter a Quarterly Supervision Note on 03/31, 06/30, 09/30, 12/31.  

 

Supervision: quality supervision meetings  

  • Conduct regular meetings with their supervisees to brainstorm case strategies and ensure quality of representation.  
  • Meet regularly with a senior supervisor to discuss issues and develop strategies for their cases and those of their supervisees and review supervising tasks and techniques.  
  • Monitor supervisees’ cases for TASIL issues and elevate issues to the Appellate Team and/or GAL Project Director and Deputy Director, accordingly.  

 

Supervision: professional development  

  • Set annual goals and review them quarterly to assist in staff development.  
  • Identify supervisee’s strengths and provide support and direction around professional development.  
  • Identify supervisee’s challenges and formulate plans, timelines and measures of success to address them.  

 

Supervision: program activities  

  • Attend biweekly supervisor meetings with the GAL Project Director and Deputy Director.  
  • Take a leadership role in case rounds, training, contract deliverables, or other program activities as requested.  

 

Duties/Responsibilities

Case Handling  

  • Carry a caseload of neglect cases.  

 

Organizational and Program Leadership  

  • Support the CLC management team in instilling a shared vision and shared values throughout CLC.  
  • Work with the GAL Project Director and Deputy Director to ensure effective communication and support across programs, including effectively cascading information and messaging to staff around program initiatives.  
  • Work with GAL Project Director and Deputy Director to instill a shared vision and values throughout the project.  
  • Ensure GAL team consistently provides high-quality direct legal service representation.  
  • Work with the GAL Project Director, Deputy Director, and senior supervising attorneys to develop and implement cutting edge legal strategy.  
  • Develop staff attorneys for promotion within the organization.  
  • Support the collection and reporting of case information to improve practices.  
  • Work with the GAL Project Director and Deputy Director to implement PIKA/Legal Server and project evaluation goals, and monitor compliance with GAL project policies.  
  • Support the work of the Policy Team where appropriate.  
  • Contribute to innovation in case work and trainings, both internally and externally.  
  • Serve as a volunteer at the DC Superior Court Self-Help Center.  
  • Serve as a Helpline Supervisor on a recurrent basis.  

  

Education/Experience:

  • Bar status required. 
  • JD, Bar exam completed and awaiting bar results. 
  • DC Bar membership.
  • Barred in another jurisdiction and immediately eligible to waive into DC Bar. 
  • Substantial experience (at least two years) in or with legal services, preferably with a background in child welfare. 
  • Prior litigation experience required. 
  • Driver’s license required. 
  • 1-2 years' experience supervising attorneys preferred. Supervising experience can include formal and informal supervision and/or formal mentoring. 

 

Salary and Benefits

The starting salary for this position is $71,000 annually and increases with relevant experience. Children's Law Center offers a generous benefits package that includes medical, dental. vision, and short and long term disability insurance; employer-provided retirement contributions; flexible spending plans; and vacation, sick, holiday, family and medical leave. Children's Law Center is a 501 (c)(3) organization. Employees with federal student loan debt can apply for Public Service Loan Forgiveness. For more information, go to https://myfedloan.org/borrowers/special-programs/pslf.

 

Application Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials in one PDF file: cover letter, resume, writing sample and 3 professional references.

Children’s Law Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunities for all applicants and existing employees. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to ancestry, age, color, disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, military or veteran status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and any other basis protected by federal, state, or local law, ordinance, or regulation. We invite you to visit us here to learn more about our organization and our career opportunities (https://childrenslawcenter.org/get-involved/careers/).

Children’s Law Center is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment. If you believe that you need accommodation to search for, or apply for, one of our positions please send an email to Jobs@ChildrensLawCenter.org. In your email, please include the accommodation you are requesting and the job title you are applying for. It may take up to three business days to receive a response to your request.