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ProfileAttorney Duties: Provide competent, effective legal services to clients in accordance with the Kansas Rules of Professional Responsibility by maintaining high professional and ethical standards, always being mindful of the obligation to the client, the court, and the profession. Strong commitment to civil rights and a passion for advocating on behalf of persons with disabilities. Communicate effectively, with or without reasonable accommodation, including by phone, TDD/TTY, and the Kansas Relay. Zealously advocate for people with disabilities in institutions, nursing homes, state hospitals, ICFs/MR, group homes, schools, and private homes. Develop expertise in specialized areas of disability law and legal procedure. Travel throughout the state when necessary to investigate, prepare, or argue a case. Work the hours necessary to meet professional standards for each client and each case. Work as a member of a team. Assist and supervise advocacy staff.16. Accept and implement constructive criticism and feedback concerning his/her work. Perform other duties and projects as assigned by a supervisor which are not direct legal services to a client but serve mission to provide protection and advocacy services on behalf of Kansans with disabilities. Implement tasks assigned by a supervisor in a timely and effective manner. Ensures that the work of meets and conforms to all agency policies/procedures, adopted priorities, and the requirements of our federal programs. Will quickly and proactively work with management to notify and correct any potential instances where questions arise regarding adherence to this requirement. Presentations to client groups and other advocacy groups – make presentations on behalf of on various agency issues. Effectively manages the billing targets assigned by the Deputy Director – Administrative Division. Works proactively to ensure maximization of grant resources through active management of their targets. Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director or the Executive Director’s Designee. VOCA Clients and Cases – When an Attorney is approved to serve clients or cases with Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funding, such Attorney will coordinate and (if necessary) report to the VOCA Attorney/Coordinator. To ensure effective services and adherence to the VOCA grant rules, the VOCA Attorney/Coordinator will provide day-to-day oversight and supervision of the VOCA cases and the employees serving those cases. The direct supervisor for the VOCA Attorney/Coordinator is the Deputy Director of the Legal Division. For all VOCA cases, the Disability Rights Attorney will serve under and take direction from the VOCA Attorney/Coordinator and will be responsible to follow all the requirements of the VOCA grant and provide effective VOCA services to VOCA eligible clients, including but not limited to: educating clients about their disability concerns, issues and rights in order to assist victims to stabilize their lives after victimization and restore a measure of security and safety for the victim; educating clients about their rights as crime victims, their right to participate in the criminal justice system, and their right to crime victims compensation; identify and develop the client’s individualized post-victimization goals and objectives; provide services such as information, referral, case management, advocacy or legally-based advocacy assistance; provide legal services; and, as needed, engage in outreach and education to inform crime victims of their rights.
Qualification and Experience
QUALIFICATIONS: JD Degree from an accredited law school. Active license to practice law in both state and federal courts. A Kansas law license is preferred. Taking the Bar exam in February 2018 is accepted. However, the ability to practice law in Kansas for clients of by virtue of being granted reciprocity for having an active license to practice law in another state or the District of Columbia is acceptable. Must be able to practice law in Kansas. PREFERENCES: Knowledge of disability law, including the ADA, Rehabilitation Act, Fair Housing Amendments Act, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Medicaid, Medicare, and HCBS Waivers. Protection and Advocacy experience or other related public interest law experience. Litigation experience. Appellate court experience. Excellent verbal/oral communication skills, with or without reasonable accommodation. Proficient legal writing skills. Competent computer skills to prepare briefs, memos, letters, etc. without assistance from support staff. Proficient computer skills to communicate by email and research using internet resources such as Westlaw. Possess or develop litigation skills, including, drafting pleadings, motion practice, discovery, depositions, and jury/court trials in federal and state court. Possess or develop appellate advocacy skills, including, oral argument and brief writing in the state and federal appellate courts.
Disability Rights Center of Kansas, Inc.
3745 S.W. Wanamaker
Topeka, KS 66610