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Temporary Attorney - Parental Defense

Company name

Organization Type

Government

Job Type

Attorney

Date Last Verified

Dec 05, 2021

Valid Through

Mar 20, 2022

Posted on

Jul 30, 2021

Location

Bel Air, MD, United States

Employment Type

Contract, Full-time

Industry

Legal
Practice Area
Family Law >> Family Law
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Temporary Attorney - Parental Defense
The candidate will protect clients Constitutional rights to raise and rear their children. Defend clients against allegations of neglect and/or abuse. Zealously and compassionately advocate on behalf of clients at every stage of the proceeding. Engage in motions practice, legal research, and writing. Obtain, organize, and review voluminous records and documents to assist with preparing a defense. Develop and maintain client relationships over the extended life of the case. Collaborate with PDD social workers, criminal defense attorneys, parent advocates, and others as part of a multidisciplinary defense team. Ensure clients are consistently heard and respected. Be non-judgmental and empathetic of clients who present with challenges and/or barriers. Effectively and compassionately communicate with clients, colleagues, and service providers to ensure optimal outcomes for clients. Continuously seek professional and personal development through training, continuing legal education, and trial skills courses. Defend parents and legal guardians in cases in which the State initiates legal action to separate a family in Child In Need of Assistance/Termination of Parental Rights (CINA/TPR) proceedings. Represent parents and/or legal guardians whose children have been removed or are at risk of being removed from their care and custody by the State. Representation includes adversarial proceedings from the initial Emergency Shelter Care Hearing to the Termination of Parental Rights (TPR) trial.

Qualification and Experience

The candidate should be a critical thinker with demonstrated ability to apply legal analysis in an area of the law that may be unsettled. Must be willing to challenge the system with a healthy sense of outrage and be persistent in the face of ambiguity or outright resistance to the position. Must be able to handle crises, a variety of personalities, and multitask in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment. Must have strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively with people with different backgrounds and lived experiences. Must have the ability to thrive in a fast-paced, diverse environment. Strong organizational, legal and administrative skills necessary to handle a high caseload are required. Prior experience in litigation including, CINA/TPR, Criminal, Civil, Juvenile, or Family Law is desired (experience may include internships, law school clinical programs, or any other relevant experience). Must have strong communication and client advocacy skills. Be an active membership in good standing in the Maryland Bar.

Note: This is a contract job that would run until June 30, 2022 with the possibility of extension thereafter.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
Maryland Office of the Public Defender
Mary E.W. Risteau District CourtMulti-Service Center
2 South Bond Street
Bel Air, MD 21014

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