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Opportunity Title: Family Defenders - Office of Respondent Parents' Counsel
Location: Colorado
Department: Office of Respondent Parents' Counsel
Posted Date: 06/23/2020
Closing Date: 07/31/2020
Contact Information
Name: Jenna Fleiner
Brief Description

***This is a courtesy posting for the Office of Respondent Parents' Counsel.***

Calling all Family Defenders – join the next social justice movement! The Office of Respondent Parents’ Counsel (ORPC), a Colorado state agency, is accepting applications from attorneys in Northern Colorado, Northeastern Colorado, and Denver to represent indigent parents in dependency and neglect proceedings. Family defense attorneys, commonly known as Respondent Parent Counsel or RPCs, contract with the ORPC to represent indigent parents in court proceedings brought by county child protection services. 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.

This is an opportunity to contribute to this social justice movement by litigating, collaborating, and advocating to strengthen Colorado families. ORPC is aware that children of color are disproportionately removed from their families. As a result, parent clients are often people of color. Currently, the demographics of respondent parent counsel of do not reflect the diversity of clientele. The parents of Colorado would appreciate diverse voices in their representation. With that in mind, attorneys of color or native heritage are encouraged to apply.

The ORPC offers comprehensive training and litigation support, including jury trial assistance and billing help; mentoring; case law updates; access to Westlaw Edge, social workers, investigators, and experts; a motions bank; case consults; 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.

We are seeking applications from Family Defenders wanting to work in the following counties: Denver, Kit Carson, Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington, Weld, and Yuma.

The application period will be open from June 22, 2020, through July 31, 2020.

Getting Started on Your Application

To access the Application Form, please click the following link:

You must have a Colorado Attorney Registration Number to apply.

Required Attachments to Prepare in Advance

You will be required to upload electronic documents to the online form (link above) depending on the type of application you are submitting.  The required documents are listed below.  The ORPC recommends that you save each document on your computer, in PDF format.  You will be required to upload your document(s) when prompted on the online form—you may not e-mail or mail documents separately. 

All applicants must provide:

  • A cover letter and résumé describing your D&N experience;

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

  • One substantive motion, preferably from Dependency & Neglect case;

Additional Information

You will be prompted to submit the names and contact information for any attorneys who are your associates, as well as any support staff, including social workers, who will be available to assist you in your respondent parent representation.


For all other questions concerning the application or RPC work please contact Jena Fleiner at

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.
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