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Child Advocate Attorney - 2383512

  • Location MS, USA
  • Salary $95k/year - 120k/year
  • Job Type Full Time
  • Posted July 9, 2024

We are seeking dedicated Child Advocacy Attorneys to provide critical legal representation and support across various functions. These licensed Mississippi attorneys will provide direct representation in court for legal cases through firm contractual relationships. Responsibilities include reviewing affidavits for orders in aid of investigations and participation in services cases for legal sufficiency, providing expertise, guidance, and instructions to child/family care investigations. Regular travel, including across regional boundaries, may be required to represent clients in multiple counties. The attorneys will offer guidance in family law, civil litigation, and relevant policies, monitor the progress of related court cases, and interact routinely with various stakeholders including caseworkers, supervisors, attorneys, and judges.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Advise investigations on orders in aid of investigation and required participation in services.
  • Counsel staff on legal matters, interpreting laws, regulations, and policies.
  • Advise county and district attorneys on legal matters.
  • Represent clients in court cases.
  • Prepare cases for trial and handle most trials.
  • Provide legal training to agency staff and the legal community.
  • Coordinate specialized legal efforts with appropriate experts.
  • Prepare or supervise the preparation of legal opinions, briefs, legal pleadings, and reports.
  • Perform duties to maintain unit operations.
  • Assist in formulating, establishing, and coordinating office systems.
  • Promote and ensure respect for cultural diversity.
  • Attend work regularly as per leave policy.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of family law and civil practice.
  • Ability to synthesize law, administrative rules, agency policies, and best practice recommendations.
  • Ability to convey complex legal ideas and instructions clearly.
  • Ability to develop and maintain professional relationships with staff and the legal community.
  • Interface with a client billing system and update billable time daily.

Registration or Licensure Requirements:

Licensed to practice law in the State of Mississippi, and in good standing with the State Bar of Mississippi.

Initial Selection Criteria:

Juris Doctor (JD) from an accredited law school.

Location:

This position offers a hybrid work environment, combining work from home and access to a provided office.

Compensation:

Target annual compensation is $95-120K depending on experience and hours billed.

Per diem for any travel in excess of 50 miles from the assigned office.

Benefits:

  • Eligible for 8 paid holidays.
  • Paid Time Off (PTO).
  • Standard health insurance (50% of employee-only premium).
  • Access to dental, vision, cafeteria plan, Aflac, and other optional benefits.

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