Job Details

Family Law Attorney in Columbia, SC

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Company name

South Carolina Department of Social Services

Organization Type


Job Type


Practice Area

Family Law

Years of Experience

Min 2 yrs required


USA Columbia, SC

Date Last Verified

Mar 14,2018

Posted on

Mar 13,2018

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Attorney II The candidate, under general supervision, will provide professional legal services and representation for assigned county offices, area adoption offices, area Intensive Foster Care & Clinical Services (IFCCS) office, and regional Day Care licensing office, including representation in Family Court on issues relative to child protection, foster care, adoption, adult protection, and Economic Services. Will represent the agency in all matters pertaining to emergency or non-emergency removal of vulnerable adults and children; termination of parental rights, inspection warrants, in-home protective services, permanency planning, review of adults or children receiving services, and any appeals resulting from such actions. Ensure the utilization of the Legal Case Management System for documentation of legal activity in cases. Timely prepare, file, and serve or ensure the timely preparation, filing, and service of all pleadings, motions, orders, notices, rules to show cause, and other court documents related to representation of the agency in legal actions. Pleadings and proposed orders shall include all determinations required by state and federal law. Conduct case staffing meetings in a timely manner for the purpose of analyzing the legal status of the cases and otherwise advising staff on agency legal matters; prepare cases for court by conducting and responding to discovery, interviewing and preparing witnesses, and reviewing agency documentation and reports from other sources. Comply with agency policy and state/federal laws regarding the provision of notice of legal proceedings to appropriate parties to agency actions. Comply with agency policy and state/federal laws with respect to representing the agency in permanency planning hearings and termination of parental rights. Establish and maintain professional networks and attend training sessions in order to enhance individual professionalism; review legislation, statutory changes, and case law decisions and advise staff about the law; participate in regular agency meetings to discuss and analyze outcomes and determine areas needed for improvement; and conduct in-house training for other staff members.

Qualification and Experience

The candidate should have a J.D. degree or its equivalent from an accredited law school and 2 years of experience as a practicing attorney. Must be a member of the South Carolina Bar. Working knowledge of the laws of South Carolina is preferred. Considerable knowledge of state and federal laws relating to children and family services, general statutory, case, and common law is desired. Ability to interpret and apply law and judicial decisions is a plus.

Application Deadline: March 14, 2018.

Additional info

Job #: 74651 (L02). Position Number: P61082928.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
South Carolina Department of Social Services
1535 Confederate Avenue Extension
Columbia, SC 29201