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ProfileAttorney II Duties : Serves as legal counsel for the Division for Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) as part of the agencyâ€™s â€œmobile teamâ€. Represents the Division and develops legal strategies, interprets and applies Federal and state statutes, rules, case law, precedent, etc. in New Hampshire District, Family and Probate Courts, administrative hearings, and other legal forums. Reports to Regional Supervisor, (DCYF) Legal Services. Litigates on behalf of DCYF at trial in the prosecution of child abuse/neglect cases, Termination of Parental Rights proceedings, Central Registry appeals in Probate and Superior Courts, guardianship, exparte removal of children from unsafe living arrangements; various court petitions and pleadings. Represents DCYF in court, in pre-hearings and in administrative hearings including matters before the DHHS Administrative Appeals Unit, and other legal venues. Prepares cases for Court and supervises the work by DCYF Child Protective Service Workers (CPSWâ€™s) in the preparation of their cases for litigation in court and other proceedings. Confers with DHHS staff, outside attorneys, law enforcement, court personnel and judges in matters concerning DCYF court cases, pleadings, motions, actions. Ensures that DCYF CPSWâ€™s follow best legal practice through ongoing consultation and training. Acts as liaison between DCYF staff and Court personnel to ensure the appropriate use of DCYF and Court resources. Advises CPSWâ€™s and their Supervisors to ensure compliance with State and Federal law, rules, regulations, DCYF policy and court procedure; advises CPSWâ€™s and witnesses regarding proper judicial and administrative conduct. Plans legal strategies and procedures in accordance with Federal and State statutory and regulatory mandates. Advises DCYF on the development of policy and procedures. Advises the Regional Supervisor, DCYF Legal Services and DCYF staff on legal representation, litigation activity and associated administrative matters. Provides legal opinions on matters of Child Protection statutes rules, regulations and policy.
Qualification and Experience
Qualification : The candidate should have Juris Doctor degree from an American Bar Association recognized law school. Must have 4+ years of experience in the active practice of law. Must be a member of the New Hampshire Bar and in Good Standing. Must possess a knowledge of: judicial procedures and rules; common, statutory and constitutional laws of the state of New Hampshire; court and legal procedures; state and federal laws relating to Child Protection. Must have the demonstrated ability to prepare legal pleadings, briefs and memoranda; perform legal research; render effective decisions and deal tactfully with the courts, law enforcement officials, DCYF staff and management as well as the public.
Ref #40092. Job Id 11581.
New Hampshire Department of Health & Human Services
361 Lincoln St
Manchester, NH 03103