Opportunity: Contract GAL Attorney Advocate

Contract GAL Attorney Advocate

SALARY: Contract will be for a monthly flat rate, based on annual caseload. Currently the rate will be $2,823.50 per month, for 1-1-2017 – 6-15-2017.  This contract can be renewed for the upcoming fiscal year, July 1, 2017-June 15, 2018.

LOCATION: Judicial District 15A (Alamance County)

POSITION TYPE: Contractor – no benefits
(Beginning date: January 1, 2017)

DESCRIPTION OF WORK: The statewide Guardian ad Litem Program (GAL) provides legal representation of abused, neglected and/or dependent children in juvenile court proceedings. This advocacy is through trained volunteers, staff, and attorneys.  The Attorney Advocate is mandated by statute to protect the legal interests of children and represent their best interests in these proceedings.  The Attorney Advocate also counsels and meets with the GAL volunteers and staff on a weekly basis regarding the legal interests of child clients to promote their safety, well-being, and permanency.  The Attorney Advocate is expected to be in court for all DSS court sessions in Alamance County.

TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have a Juris Doctor degree with a license to practice law in North Carolina and be a member of the NC State Bar in good standing.  Strong litigation experience is required.  Experience in juvenile court is essential and candidates should have a thorough understanding of the North Carolina Juvenile Code and relevant case law.   Excellent oral and written communication skills are required.  Effective court advocacy is essential with good negotiation skills and the ability to draft any necessary motions or memorandum of law.  In addition to legal advocacy, successful candidates should have the ability to maintain effective working relationships and be available to meet with volunteer GALS and staff on an as needed basis.

HOW TO APPLY:  Submit a cover letter and resume by December 11, 2016 to:

Valerie Chaffin, GAL District Administrator at valerie.g.chaffin@nccourts.org

For more information contact Valerie Chaffin at 336-570-5278

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