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Opportunity Title: STAFF ATTORNEY
Location: Denver
Department: Office of Respondent Parents' Counsel
Posted Date: 06/26/2020
Closing Date: 07/17/2020
Contact Information
Name: Jena Fleiner
Address:
 
Email: admin@coloradoorpc.org
Brief Description

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

Salary Range: $9,298 - $12,878 per month
Employment Type: Full Time
 

ABOUT THE ORPC
The Office of Respondent Parents’ Counsel (ORPC) is an independent agency within the State of Colorado Judicial Branch that is vested with the oversight and administration of legal representation for indigent parents in child welfare cases across Colorado. Respondent Parents’ Counsel (RPC) play a critical role in achieving the best outcomes for children in child welfare cases by protecting the legal and due process rights of parents, presenting balanced information to courts, and promoting the preservation of family relationships. To learn more, visit https://www.coloradoorpc.org/ .
 

ABOUT THE CARRIE ANN LUCAS FELLOWSHIP
On February 24, 2019, Colorado and the nation lost one of the most effective and strongest advocates for parents with disabilities, Carrie Ann Lucas, when she died at the age of 47. Ms. Lucas was the Case Strategy Director for the ORPC at the time of her death. Her untimely death was a crushing loss for both the disabled community and the legal community. Ms. Lucas lived with a rare form of muscular dystrophy for three decades. Though Ms. Lucas had planned to go into ministry, she changed course and went to law school after struggling to adopt her niece out of foster care due to discrimination based on her own disability. Ms. Lucas’ advocacy was instrumental in amending Colorado’s law to ensure that a parent’s disability cannot be the sole reason for denial of custody, adoption, foster care, or guardianship of a child and to ensure that parents with disabilities receive reasonable accommodations to allow them to reunify with their children. State Senator Julie Gonzales recognized when the legislature held a moment of silence in Ms. Lucas’ honor, “Carrie Ann Lucas is a testament to doing everything that you can with what you’ve got.”Part of Ms. Lucas’ immense impact was through her work at the ORPC, where she advocated for the rights of parents with disabilities. To honor Ms. Lucas’ memory and to ensure that her important work continues after her passing, the ORPC has created the Carrie Ann Lucas Fellowship.
 

GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES
ORPC Attorneys are required to work as a team to develop systemic policy initiatives and innovative approaches to the representation of respondent parents at both the trial and appellate levels of dependency cases. Attorneys perform a variety of duties including recruitment, hiring, and evaluation of respondent parent attorneys; litigation support and case consultation; development of attorney practice standards; coordination and execution of attorney trainings and resources; and a variety of administrative support functions for the ORPC.
 

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
The Office of Respondent Parents’ Counsel invites qualified applicants to apply for the position of Staff Attorney – Carrie Ann Lucas Fellow. The staff attorney:
• Works with the Deputy and Executive Director to maintain a list of qualified trial counsel available for appointment in dependency cases.
• Conducts research on permanency outcomes for children in the child welfare system with disabilities, access and barriers to services, and programs showing promise in permitting children to remain with parents with disabilities or reunifying with parents with disabilities.
• Provides individual case consults for attorneys who represent parents with disabilities and clients who are parenting children with disabilities.
• Creates and maintains a public Carrie Ann Lucas resource portal on the ORPC website, which will house resources available to parents with disabilities and those representing them.
• Develops and formalizes practice guidelines specific to trial and appellate representation for parents in dependency cases. Works collaboratively with the Executive Director, Deputy Director, ORPC staff attorneys, and RPC trial and appellate attorneys to develop and vet practice guidelines.
• Works collaboratively to develop and advance systemic trial advocacy issues.
• Monitors changes in case law, rules, regulations, and policies impacting respondent parent representation with special focus on the impacts to the disability community.
• Collaborates with the Training Director and Appellate Director to train lawyers statewide on litigation and advocacy strategy.
• Attends committee meetings and collaborates with other child welfare stakeholders on matters impacting the ORPC’s broader policy goals.
• Uses his or her judgment and analytical problem-solving and communications skills to identify potential solutions to legal and other problems.
• Helps the ORPC conduct an annual attorney application review and evaluation of ORPC contractors.
• Supports the other ORPC staff with projects and tasks.
• Occasional travel across the state of Colorado and some out of state travel may be required.
• Other duties as assigned.
 

DISTINGUISHING FACTORS
Preference will be given to applicants with both private practice and government agency experience. The following are additional important qualifications: expertise in dependency law and case strategy, significant respondent parents’ representation training and knowledge, and a passion for the advocacy of parents with disabilities. This position reports directly to the ORPC Deputy Director.
 

QUALIFICATIONS
This job requires that the applicant be an attorney who is licensed to practice law in Colorado or who can be licensed within six months. Must have experience in family defense, child welfare law, disability advocacy, or a related defense field. Preference will be given to applicants who have a working knowledge of the Colorado Children's Code, Juvenile Rules of Procedure, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Must have excellent communication skills.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each of the above essential functions satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the physical and environmental conditions required of the employee on the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
 

Work Environment:
This position is subject to many interruptions and may require handling multiple calls, inquiries, and job priorities at once. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
EEO/AA/ADA EMPLOYER
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.
 

HOW TO APPLY:
Complete the online application at the link below. Please direct application questions to Jena Fleiner, ORPC Administrative Specialist at admin@coloradoorpc.org. Submit a cover letter detailing qualifications and experience for this position, a resume, and a list of three professional references by 5 p.m. on July 17, 2020 by filling out the application at the following link: https://fs7.formsite.com/ORPCColorado/form32/form_login.html

You may submit the required information through the online application only. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Please note application materials will not be returned. Successful applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview. This position is eligible for benefits, including participation in retirement, health, dental, life/AD&D, and short-term disability plans and paid leave. Faxed, mailed, or emailed applications will NOT Be Accepted. Be sure to follow the directions to apply
 


Detailed Job Information
EEO/AA/ADA EMPLOYER
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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