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Staff Attorney The candidate provides legal advice and legal services to Central Office, County Offices and/or staff of DCS for Juvenile law matters relating to Child Welfare, Child Support and personnel matters and to represent and assist the Agency in administrative and/ or court matters. The attorney will be responsible for representing the State in Child In Need of Services (CHINS) cases, Termination of Parental Rights (TPR), Adoptions, Foster Care Licensing Actions, and other general legal issues relating to the safety of children. The incumbent will work closely with Family Case Managers to prepare for court hearings and may serve as legal counsel for internal employment issues. Responsibilities : Advises Department of Child Services staff on various program and legal areas as assigned; Drafts and reviews contracts and correspondence; Serves as a liaison to the Attorney General on litigation and tort claims matters; Drafts and reviews legislation and administrative rules; Performs legal research and writing assignments; Provides general legal support for Office of General Counsel; Oversees contract process for local office attorneys; Conducts legal trainings for Family Case Managers, attorneys and others as requested; Litigates Children in Need of Services and Termination of Parental Rights cases in State Courts representing the agency in such actions; Handles administrative matters and hearings as assigned; Organizes and manages caseload in preparation of hearings and/or litigation; Generates appropriate pleadings, motions and discovery, and responses; Delegates to and provides support for any legal support staff; Drafts appeals and appellate briefs; May be required to participate in committees, groups or teams such as screen out committees; May be required serve as local counsel for the Indiana Office of Attorney General on assigned cases; Performs other duties as assigned. Should have Doctorate of Jurisprudence. Admission to the Indiana State Bar is preferred. Should have strong legal research, writing and litigation skills. Must have strong communication and public speaking skills. Demonstrated knowledge and ability to apply relevant statutes, case law and rules is needed.
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