Children Family Services Center
  • Charlotte, NC, USA
  • Full Time

Attorney Custody Advocacy Team                                                                                                   

Council for Children's Rights is seeking a full-time staff attorney to join its Custody Advocacy Program (CAP).  CAP attorneys represent the best interests of minor children who are caught in the middle of high-conflict custody cases.  These cases routinely involve highly sensitive issues such as mental health, substance abuse, domestic violence, alienation, and emotional/physical abuse.  The staff attorney will work closely with a volunteer attorney and volunteer custody advocate on each case to complete an investigation and subsequently resolve the dispute through settlement, or represent the child(ren)'s best interests in a custody trial. 

 

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume by December 21, 2018.  No calls or emails please.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Represent the best-interests of children in court-appointed, high-conflict custody cases.
  • Handle a caseload as distributed by the Director of CAP.
  • Oversee the volunteer attorney and custody advocate assigned to each case.
  • Work closely with the volunteers assigned to each case to conduct a thorough investigation, which includes parent interviews, home visits, records review, meetings with the child(ren), collateral calls/meetings, school visits and team meetings.
  • Direct settlement conferences involving pro se and/or represented parties.
  • Handle preparation for and litigation in periodic hearings and custody trials.
  • Be prompt and professional in all communications inside and outside of court.
  • Adhere to all Council for Children's Rights policies and procedures.

Qualifications:

  • Must be licensed to practice law in North Carolina
  • Four years of litigation experience.
  • Must possess strong communication skills and expertise in dealing with adults and children from diverse backgrounds who are in crisis situations.
  • Must be self-motivated and have the ability to handle a large caseload.
  • Must be able to work effectively within the team structure of CAP, across programs in the agency, and as a participant in a culture of philanthropy.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have a demonstrated commitment to child advocacy, experience in family law, and/or previous volunteer experience with CAP.

The Agency's policy is to provide equal opportunity in all terms, conditions, and privileges of employment for all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability or veteran status.

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