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Agency Attorney - Level II The candidate will meet with Child Protective caseworkers to identify and analyze complex legal problems and issues. Will draft legal documents, including pleadings, motions and memoranda of law and fact by following generally acceptable legal procedures, forms and techniques in order to meet agency needs, goals and objectives. Represent the agency in Family Court on all aspects of child protective proceedings and other judicial proceedings including juvenile delinquency and Close to Home matters. Interview witnesses and other relevant parties to the litigation to determine admissibility of various types of evidence. Prepare and maintain case files and documents in advance of court appearances. Conduct legal research and regularly review relevant case laws and regulations to support legal opinions. Counsel Child Protective caseworkers and agency case planners on issues relating to permanency and well-being of children in foster care. Assist in the overall supervision of the Unit, including substituting for other legal staff in emergency situations and reviewing the work of the Unit. Assist in monitoring work flow, ensuring compliance with deadlines and preparation of reports and summaries. May train and oversee the work of Attorney Level Is and Attorney Internes, including during appearances in Family Court and Supreme Court. Perform complex legal research on issues that arise on cases and are relevant to the Unit.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate must have admission to the New York State Bar with 12 months of satisfactory US legal experience subsequent to admission to any State Bar or 6 months of satisfactory service as an Agency Attorney Interne (30086). Must remain member of the New York State Bar in good standing for the duration of this employment. Should also have 1 year of experience at Assignment Level I or 2 years of comparable legal experience subsequent to admission to the Bar, in the areas of law related to the assignment. Should preferably have knowledge and understanding of New York State child welfare laws, strong analytical thinking skills, and litigation experience.
Job ID: 332505
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