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Guardian AD LITEM, 11th Circuit-Program Attorney- Duties: The candidate will work in a developing capacity, providing legal counsel and representation to a circuit court Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Program which advocates for the best interests of abused, neglected and abandoned children involved in dependency proceedings. The Program Attorney provides legal representation in court on behalf of the GAL Program, files pleadings and motions, and attends depositions, mediations and staffings with social service agencies concerning children represented by the GAL Program. Reviews case files to identify legal issues, and participates in the development and implementation of case strategies. The Program Attorney works cooperatively with staff and volunteers to implement a plan that will further the child's best interests. Must exercise discretion in dealing with confidential and extremely sensitive issues before the court. Provide legal advice and support to the GAL Circuit Director and to the GAL Program generally, and may assist in recruiting, training and supervising pro bono and contract attorneys working with the GAL Program at the discretion of the Supervising Attorney. Working relationships must be established with judges, the Office of the State Attorney, the Department of Children and Families and other social service agencies, community organizations, local law enforcement, attorneys, and the public. Work involves contact with people in stressful situations and with sensitive and confidential information. Work is performed under the supervision of a GAL Circuit Director and/or Supervising Attorney.
Qualification and Experience
Qualification:The candidate should have graduation from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association. Must be a member in good standing of The Florida Bar. Must have legal skills and knowledge sufficient to represent the GAL Program in legal proceedings as evidenced by admission to the Florida Bar and a member in good standing. Ability to develop an understanding of juvenile law and the GAL Program. Ability to advocate effectively in court on behalf of the GAL Program. Should have ability to utilize a personal computer, including using software programs such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
Deadline: 19 March, 2018.
Position Number: 21014042 Send resume and application. Apply online. No emails.
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