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ProfileAttorney The candidate receives and reviews court documents and other information, and discusses with and advises clients regarding various issues, including defenses, legal motions, investigations, witnesses, evidence, agreements, trial strategy, disposition, and petitions for contempt or compliance. Conducts case investigations, including interviewing law enforcement personnel and witnesses, and/or DCS and CASA personnel, reviewing arrest and other reports, taking depositions and statements, and consulting with investigators, as necessary. Prepares and files pre-trial motions, such appearances, motions for discovery and other motions. Appears in court for initial, status and disposition hearings, pre-trial conferences, fact finding, review, and permanency hearings, bond reduction hearings, contempt and other hearings, discussing cases and negotiating agreements or case dismissal with attorneys as appropriate. Prepares for hearings and/or trials, including filing documents, preparing motions, pleadings, discovery responses, subpoenas, correspondence and witness lists, interviewing clients and witnesses, obtaining mental health or treatment documents, reviewing case law, consulting experts, preparing opening statements, arguments, evidence and trial exhibits, and preparing and filing appeals as necessary. Periodically prepares and presents oral and/or written reports to court regarding department activities and caseload, and assists in training CASA volunteers and staff about legal issues. Performs related duties as assigned. Must have Doctorate Degree in Jurisprudence with license to practice law in Indiana, including completion of course work, training, and experience as required by State Guidelines for CHINS/TPR, and appeals. Should have completion of continuing legal education credits as required. Thorough knowledge of Indiana Statutes concerning children in need of services (CHINS) and termination of parental rights (TPR) is required. Should have thorough knowledge of and ability to make practical application of federal, state, and local laws, standard procedures, rules of evidence, and rules of court. Ability to conduct legal research, thorough investigations and interviews, and effectively prepare and present cases in legal proceedings is required. Should have working knowledge of standard English grammar, spelling and punctuation and ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing with co-workers, other County departments, attorneys, court and law enforcement personnel, DCS and CASA personnel, witnesses, respondents and their families, and members of the public, including being sensitive to professional ethics, gender, cultural diversities, and disabilities. Should have the ability to understand, memorize, retain, and carry out written or oral instructions and present findings in oral or written form. Should have possession of a valid driver's license and a demonstrated safe driving record.
P.O. Box 134
Lafayette, IN 47902-0134