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Opportunity Title: Independent contractor position for Trial Respondent Parent Counsel (RPC)
Location: Statewide
Department: Office of Respondent Parents’ Counsel (ORPC)
Posted Date: 01/15/2021
Closing Date: 06/30/2021
Contact Information
Name: Jena Fleiner
Title: ORPC Office Manager
Brief Description

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

Salary: $80 per hour on an independent contractor basis

Location: Statewide, with special emphasis on the following counties: Adams, Alamosa, Arapahoe, Archuleta, Costilla, Conejos, Denver, Dolores, Eagle, El Paso, Grand, Huerfano, La Plata, Las Animas, Logan, Mesa, Moffat, Montezuma, Morgan, Routt, San Juan, Teller, Weld

Agency Statement:

The Office of Respondent Parents’ Counsel (ORPC), a Colorado state agency, is accepting applications from experienced attorneys in Colorado to represent indigent parents in dependency and neglect proceedings. The ORPC also accepts applications from new attorneys who are interested in associate positions.

Position Purpose and Objectives/Definition of Work:

Family defense attorneys, commonly known as Respondent Parent Counsel or RPCs, contract with the ORPC to represent indigent parents in court proceedings where their parental rights are at risk. 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. Join the next social justice movement by applying to become an independent contractor that specializes in family defense!

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.

Reports To:

Family defense attorneys through the ORPC are independent contractors.  RPC practice is governed by Chief Justice Directive 16-02, attorney practice standards, and the ORPC contract.


The ORPC works with attorneys that have experience in a wide variety of legal fields including dependency and neglect, criminal work, juvenile defense, domestic relations, immigration, disability, special education, and more. All applicants are encouraged to apply.

Minimal Educational / Professional Qualifications:

Juris Doctor

Preferred qualifications:

We are seeking applications from family defenders wanting to work across the state, with special emphasis in the following counties: Adams, Alamosa, Arapahoe, Archuleta, Costilla, Conejos, Denver, Dolores, Eagle, El Paso, Grand, Huerfano, La Plata, Las Animas, Logan, Mesa, Moffat, Montezuma, Morgan, Routt, San Juan, Teller, Weld. Significant courtroom experience that includes trial and complex litigation. Excellent communication and client engagement skills. Applicants backgrounds in education, nursing, and mental health are encouraged to apply. We encourage diverse applicants, including applicants of color and those with Native American heritage, to apply.

How to Apply:

Fill out the application here:  Applicants will be contacted for remote interviews depending on jurisdictional need and availability. We are accepting applications on a rolling basis year-round. Only complete applications will be reviewed. We will reach out to schedule interviews only for those applicants whose experience and qualifications meet our current jurisdictional needs. If you have questions, please contact the ORPC Office Manager, 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.
NOTICE! All prospective employees of the Colorado Judicial Branch are subject to background investigation prior to hiring.

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