Legal Advice and Referral for KINSHIP CARE (LAARK) STAFF ATTORNEY
The King County Bar Association promotes and supports a diverse and collegial membership; works with the judiciary to achieve excellence, equity, and accessibility in the administration of justice; and benefits the community through public service and engagement in public policy.
Reports to the Statewide Kinship Care Legal Aid Coordinator. Co-manage and staff LAARK, a statewide phone line which consists of two staff attorneys and one part time assistant. The mission of LAARK is to provide guidance and legal advice to kinship caregivers on matters that relate to their ability to meet physical, mental, social, educational, and other needs of children and youth in their care. Topics include guardianship statutes, the child welfare system, and other issues relating to child custody. Kinship caregivers are relatives, such as grandparents, who are caring for children when their parents are unable to do so, and who encounter legal issues when providing this care. The position is remote with the potential option for attorneys working in the Puget Sound region to have access to our Seattle office if desired. Ideally seeking applicants to fill one LAARK attorney position located in western Washington and one LAARK attorney position located in eastern Washington.
Advocacy and Phone Line Management:
- Provide legal advice over the telephone or virtually to kinship caregivers, brief services (assistance or review on drafting court documents, limited legal services out of court);
- Option to provide limited representation as capacity allows;
- Provide information and referrals to relevant community or legal service providers;
- Work closely with the other LAARK phone line attorney and the LAARK admin assistant to manage case flow;
- Work closely with the Statewide Kinship Care Legal Aid Coordinator to develop relevant materials on legal issues facing kinship caregivers, and assist with expanding kinship care volunteer opportunities for attorneys;
- Provide consultation and mentoring to volunteer attorneys, as needed;
- Participate in trainings to continually improve the advocacy provided to kinship caregivers.
- Keep up with relevant law statewide, and court procedures in multiple counties in WA.
Administrative and Supervisory:
- Maintain case records and data;
- Provide reports for funding compliance as needed;
- Recruit and supervise interns, externs, and volunteers as needed;
- Perform other duties as needed.
Outreach and Collaboration:
- Partner with community-based agencies and other civil legal aid organizations statewide for case referrals;
- Engage with relevant stakeholders in improving services and supports to kinship caregivers;
- Collaborate with other Pro Bono Services programs and assist in program development and enhancement.
WHO YOU ARE
A team player who has the following skills:
- Demonstrated understanding of the impact of race, bias, discrimination, and differential treatment of communities disproportionately composed of BIPOC individuals, individuals who identify as LGBTQ or other sexual minorities, individuals with disabilities, immigrants, limited English speaking persons, and others who have been historically marginalized in the law and justice system;
- Good organizational and communication (written and oral) skills;
- Demonstrated ability to handle multiple tasks, prioritize, and meet deadlines;
- Demonstrated commitment to providing civil legal services to low-income clients;
- Demonstrated ability to work well in an environment exposed to secondary trauma;
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with diverse groups of people;
- Ability to provide limited legal advice and set boundaries with limited services clients;
- Ability to work independently and be self-motivated;
- Ability to engage with the community and partners to generate referrals;
- Proficiency with technology including Microsoft Office Suite programs and case management systems.
And who has the following education and experience:
- Licensed to practice law and in good standing in Washington state or taking the July 2022 Washington state bar exam;
- Experience in a relevant area of law such as family, dependency, or guardianship law is preferred, including representing kinship caregivers or youth in minor guardianships or nonparent custody;
- Experience or knowledge of court procedures and rules in multiple counties is preferred;
- Experience working with people from diverse racial, ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds;
- Knowledge of other areas of law affecting kinship caregivers including fair housing, public benefits, education rights, etc., is desirable.
Founded in 1886, KCBA is a membership legal organization with over 5,500 attorney members, over 55 staff and an annual budget of over $6,000,000. As an equal opportunity employer, KCBA is committed to upholding an equity and justice-based organizational environment for the public, the client communities it serves, its members, its Boards, its staff and its volunteers. This means the organization actively promotes mutual respect, acceptance, teamwork, and productivity among people who are diverse in work background; lived and professional experience; immigration status and citizenship; education; race and ethnicity; national origin; sexual orientation; age; indigenous group membership; religious preference; marital status; sensory, mental, and physical abilities; social class; gender identity; veteran status, as well as other differences relevant to equity and justice. The resulting diversity is both a source of organizational strength and a matter of fundamental human fairness.
Please note, one of KCBA’s programs supports attorneys working with parents and guardians of at risk children. As a result, certain convictions would make an applicant ineligible. The King County Bar Association requires all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. To meet this requirement, all employees must provide proof of vaccination approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If you need a reasonable accommodation for the application process, have questions regarding eligibility, or have vaccination questions, contact Len Roden at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is an exempt, full-time position. The position has the option to be fully remote or based in the Seattle KCBA office. Salary range is $70,000-$85,000 annually based on years of experience, with excellent benefits. Benefits include employer-paid healthcare, 401k plan with automatic employer contribution, subsidized transit pass, flexible spending account, professional development opportunities, paid vacation, sick leave, and more.
Priority will be given to those who apply by 5:00 p.m. on June 24, 2022 via email. For your application to be considered, please include a response to the following question in your cover letter: How do you think your personal background or experiences, professional or otherwise, have prepared you to contribute to our commitment to anti-racism and equity internally and externally? Make “Kinship LAARK Staff Attorney” your subject line and send your cover letter, resume, and three references to: HR@kcba.org.