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Opportunity Title: Respondent Parent Counsel
Location: Statewide
Department: Office of Respondent Parents' Counsel
Posted Date: 02/28/2019
Closing Date: 03/31/2019
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Brief Description

Office of Respondent Parents’ Counsel 2019 Application Period

Be part of the next social justice movement!  Family defense attorneys, commonly known as Respondent Parent Counsel or RPC, under the Office of Respondent Parents’ Counsel, represent indigent parents in court proceedings brought against them by the county child protection services agency.  RPCs work on behalf of parents threatened by state intervention with the temporary and/or permanent loss of the custody and rights to their children.  RPCs are dedicated to protecting the fundamental right to parent by advocating for parents’ due process rights, access to appropriate services, and constitutional right to parent their children. 

The Office of Respondent Parents’ Counsel (ORPC), a Colorado state agency, is accepting applications from attorneys across the state of Colorado to represent indigent parents in dependency and neglect proceedings. The ORPC’s mission is to protect the fundamental right to parent by providing effective legal advocates for indigent parents in child welfare proceedings. This right is protected when a parent has a dedicated advocate, knowledgeable about child welfare laws and willing to hold the state to its burden.   The ORPC offers comprehensive training and litigation support; mentoring; access to Westlaw, paralegals, investigators and experts; a motions bank, and a listserv.  Start your own law firm and let the ORPC support your practice!   The ORPC pays RPCs $80 per hour on an independent contractor basis. 

The application requires the online submission of a résumé, writing sample consisting of a substantive motion written in the last three years (preferably an appellate brief, if applying for the appellate list), references, disciplinary history, and essay questions.  


The application will be available starting March 1, 2019.  The application deadline is March 31, 2019 at 5pm. 

Getting Started on Your Application

To access the online Respondent Parents’ Counsel 2019 Application after March 1st, please visit the following page of the ORPC website:    

You must have a Colorado Attorney Registration Number to apply.  If you are a graduating law student interested in this work, please contact Ashlee Arcilla, the ORPC Deputy Director, at

Required Attachments to Prepare in Advance

You will be required to upload electronic documents to the online application form.  Required documents for new applicants are listed below.  The ORPC recommends that you upload all documents in PDF format.  You will be required to upload your documents when prompted on the online form—you may not e-mail or mail documents separately

All new applicants must be prepared to provide:

  • A résumé describing your legal experience and any related child welfare experience;

  • A list of two professional references.Please notify your references that the ORPC may be contacting them;

  • A redacted writing sample such as one substantive motion, preferably from a dependency case;

  • Preferably an appellate brief if interested in appellate representation.

Detailed Job Information
NOTICE! Each person employed must present identity and employment eligibility verification.
NOTICE! Employees hired after March 1, 1988, must be on the payroll direct deposit program.
NOTICE! Disabled applicants: If you have a mental or physical impairment, which limits one of your major life activities (e.g. walking, hearing, seeing, speaking, breathing, or learning) and require special accommodations for testing or interviewing, it is your responsibility to notify the office scheduling the interview or test at least 3 working days before the interview or test date. If you need special accommodations at the work site, you must notify the hiring authority.
NOTICE! All prospective employees of the Colorado Judicial Branch are subject to background investigation prior to hiring.

INFORMATION ALERT: Judicial Department employees may not hold office in a political party, nor may they promote one political party or candidate over another in partisan political elections. Employees may hold not-partisan public office provided that there is no conflict of interest or appearance of impropriety with the duties performed for the Judicial Department. In all cases, it will be within the discretion of the Chief Judge of the judicial district to determine whether such a conflict exists. Employees shall seek the prior approval of the Chief Judge before seeking or assuming any such office. Work related to any office held may not be performed on Judicial Department time. Membership on a board or commission that requires registration or party identification as a qualification is not considered to be partisan political office.
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