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Trial Attorney, Family Services Division (#18-007, Closing: 11/24/17)

Friday, November 3, 2017

Family Services Division
Office of the Attorney General

Salary range: $94,915 – $112,155
Closing: 11/24/17

This position is in the collective bargaining unit represented by AFGE Local 1403 and you may be required to pay an agency service fee through direct payroll deduction.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES: The Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia is seeking a trial attorney for the Family Services Division, Child Protection Section to represent the Child and Family Services Agency (“CFSA”) in child abuse and neglect matters before the Family Court, assist with the development and implementation of a specialized neglect court focusing on the commercial sexual exploitation of children (“CSEC”) and serve as the Division’s subject-matter expert. The attorney’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Development of protocols pertaining to CSEC cases;
  • Assist with drafting a memorandum of understanding between stakeholders, including D.C. Superior Court, Department of Behavioral Health, and Child and Family Services Agency;
  • Attend court staffings, court hearings, and all meetings related to the CSEC specialty court;
  • Attend MDT case review regarding children with identified CSEC concerns;
  • Advise CFSA and OAG regarding compliance with federal and local human trafficking legislation and participate in the DC City Council process as needed;
  • Contribute to OAG’s efforts to educate the public and community-based organizations about CSECrelated issues; develop written materials and curriculum for such purposes;
  • Conduct periodic trainings for CFSA and OAG staff;
  • Represent FSD on the D.C. Human Trafficking Taskforce and all CFSA CSEC committees;
  • Work collaboratively with OAG’s Public Safety Division to identify crossover issues impacting all children served by CFSA;
  • Represent CFSA at juvenile court hearing as needed;
  • Handle all aspects of neglect litigation, from petitioning through the achievement of permanency; and
  • Provide advice and counsel to social workers and other CFSA professionals regarding compliance with local and federal law.

QUALIFICATIONS: The candidate should have the following qualifications:

  • Significant litigation experience (5-10 years preferred);
  • Substantial knowledge of family law including child abuse and neglect, termination of parental rights, and adoption;
  • Exceptional legal research, writing, and oral advocacy skills;
  • Experience conducting training or public outreach;
  • A demonstrated commitment to work in child welfare; and
  • Experience with specialty courts and an understanding of CSEC issues (strongly preferred).

ELIGIBILITY: The candidate must have a law degree and be an active member in good standing of the bar of any jurisdiction at the time of application. If you are not a member of the District of Columbia Bar, you must be sworn into the District of Columbia Bar within 360 days of your initial appointment with the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia. 

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