Washington State Assistant Attorney General - Social and Health Services Division in Seattle in Seattle, Washington
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The agency is highly respected for the quality of its legal work and the professionalism and ethical standards of its staff and leadership. The AGO's dedicated team of 500 attorneys and 700 professional staff often cite the AGO's broad mandate, offering challenging, diverse work in the public interest as reasons to join the office -- and opportunities for professional growth, along with a collegial atmosphere, as reasons to stay. The AGO greatly encourages, celebrates and values diversity, appreciating that a workforce composed of those from different backgrounds and experiences creates an inclusive environment, strengthens positive relationships with the local community and brings new perspectives and approaches to fulfill its mission of providing excellent, independent and ethical legal services to the State of Washington and protect the rights of its people.
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The Washington State Attorney General's Office's Seattle Social and Health Services (SHS) Division has an opening for an attorney Team Leader. SHS Division consists of 29 attorneys and 22 support staff. The division provides legal representation to the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) in King County. The primary client agency for this position is the DSHS Children's Administration, which files dependency and termination of parental rights cases arising from allegations of child abuse and neglect by the child's parent, guardian or custodian. The division also handles litigation related to licensed facilities, such as foster homes, child care facilities and adult family homes, cases involving the protection of vulnerable adults, and appeals of both juvenile and non-juvenile cases.
The current opening is team leader for the termination team. This position carries a termination caseload and supervises six attorneys who do both dependency and termination litigation. The assignment includes attorney-of-the-day coverage on juvenile court calendars, reviewing discovery, interviewing witnesses and otherwise preparing for trial, writing and responding to motions and providing case-specific advice to client agency social workers. There may be opportunities for additional activities, such as appellate work, training and participation in practice improvement projects.
This position also involves supervising, training and mentoring attorneys of varying experience levels, particularly in the area of termination of parental rights under RCW 13.34.180 and other permanency litigation such as Title 13 guardianships, relinquishments, open adoption agreements, contested adoptions and non-parental custody orders. In addition, this position has oversight responsibility for all permanency case processing in the division. This includes training client agency social workers, reviewing referrals for legal sufficiency, advising Children's Administration on specific cases, monitoring paralegals who draft petitions, assigning new cases to attorneys, ensuring that new cases are filed within expected timelines and serving as a resource to team and division attorneys on juvenile permanency issues.
The position is located in downtown Seattle and court appearances are in Seattle and Kent.
This is a fast-paced, high-volume practice characterized by unpredictable schedules, highly emotional situations and emergent issues. The work of the division is of critical importance, and the staff of the division, all of whom are talented, dedicated, compassionate and highly collegial, serve an essential role in the protection of the state's most vulnerable people.
The successful candidate should:
- Demonstrate an interest, competency and commitment to creating and maintaining a positive team by implementing good management and team building skills;
- Have a strong demonstrated commitment to public interest law;
- Have a solid understanding of juvenile dependency and termination law, particularly in the area of permanency;
- Have termination trial experience or significant juvenile litigation experience;
- Have excellent communication skills;
- Possess excellent writing and oral advocacy skills;
- Have the ability to multi-task and stay highly organized;
- Have the ability to deal with an emotionally difficult subject matter;
- Be flexible and able to quickly adapt to changing situations; and
- Be a team player and be able to deal with people of diverse backgrounds with respect and professionalism at all times. Applicants must have graduated from a law school accredited by the ABA or completed the WSBA's Rule 6 Law Clerk Program and be licensed to practice law in Washington state. The AGO seeks applicants who are committed to public service as demonstrated by an applicant's background, talents, attitude, and enthusiasm for public law practice. The AGO greatly encourages, celebrates and values diversity, appreciating that a workforce composed of those from different backgrounds and experiences creates an inclusive environment, strengthens positive relationships with the local community and brings new perspectives and approaches to fulfill its mission of providing excellent, independent and ethical legal services to the State of Washington and protect the rights of its people. Supplemental Information
AGO salaries are based on experience, qualifications and are commensurate with comparable positions in the AGO. A competitive state benefits package is also offered which includes a choice of medical/dental insurance plans, retirement, life and basic long-term disability insurance. In addition, there are non-financial benefits that include working in a collaborative and supportive work environment where professional development and work-life balance are highly valued.
Interested applicants must apply by hitting the "apply" button above. In addition to the on-line application, one must upload, via the system:
- A letter of interest;
- Law school transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable); and
- Writing sample.
To learn more about this opportunity before applying, we encourage you to contact Division Chief Mary Li at MaryL1@atg.wa.gov or (206) 464-5417. The deadline for receipt of all application material is March 26, 2018.
*Honoring diversity, equity and inclusion means that as an agency, and as individuals, we are committed to ensuring that all employees and volunteers enjoy a respectful, safe and supportive working environment. Only by fostering the inclusion of people from all backgrounds, cultures and attributes, can AGO employees and volunteers achieve their fullest potential and best advance the goals and mission of the AGO. *
The AGO is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation/gender identity, age,disability, honorably discharged veteran or military status, retaliation or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Persons requiring reasonable accommodation in the application process or requiring information in an alternative format may contact Tracy Robinson at 360-586-7693. Those with a hearing impairment in need of accommodation are encouraged to contact the Washington Relay Service at 1-800-676-3777 or www.washingtonrelay.com.
Salary: Depends on Qualifications
Location: King County - Seattle - Downtown Business, WA
Job Type: Exempt
Department: Attorney General's Office
Job Number: 2018-02573
Closing: 3/26/2018 11:59 PM Pacific
Agency: State of Washington
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