The Regional Service’s Division Vancouver Section has an immediate opening for an Attorney Team Leader. The position reports directly to Vancouver’s Section Chief, Jennifer Mankowski Dixon, and is one of two team leaders responsible for oversight of legal services provided in Clark, Cowlitz and Skamania Counties. The Vancouver Section is comprised of 15 AAGs, 3 paralegals, 7 legal assistants and 2 legal office assistants. The position is a full case carrying position, is responsible for the direct supervision of 5 AAGs, and is a member of the Vancouver's Management Team.
This position's caseload is mostly comprised of juvenile litigation cases that are, by their very nature, emergent and emotionally charged. The attorney will be required to work under pressure and stress and must often make prompt and timely evaluations of the facts and evidence and prepare persuasive arguments quickly. The attorney is responsible for all aspects of the assigned caseload, including reviewing the file, preparing for hearings/trial, submitting and responding to discovery, submitting relevant briefs, motions and other pleadings, considering settlement options, keeping the client and other parties informed and meeting all case schedule deadlines.
This position is also responsible for handling the subsequent appeals from their litigation caseload. This position also requires that the individual be able to assist other attorneys general in all forms of juvenile practice as needed. Cases assigned may also include contested adoptions under RCW Chapter 26.33, public disclosure/confidentiality issues, and some fair hearings appeals. The position handles matters brought in Clark, Cowlitz and Skamania counties. This position advises and represents the Division of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) in court proceedings and through appeal, requiring familiarity and knowledge of applicable rules, statutes, and procedures.
The successful candidate should have demonstrated ability in juvenile dependency and terminations, have experience litigating cases at Superior Court, presenting and defending motions, interviewing and presenting witnesses, providing client advice, and arguing before the Court of Appeals. Additionally, this position requires familiarity with the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) and a demonstrated ability to foster teamwork and collaboration and promote a positive work environment that recognizes and respects all employees.
Applicants must have graduated from a law school accredited by the ABA or completed the WSBA's Rule 6 Law Clerk Program and be licensed to practice law in Washington state. The AGO seeks applicants who are committed to public service as demonstrated by an applicant's background, talents, attitude, and enthusiasm for public law practice. The AGO greatly encourages, celebrates and values diversity, appreciating that a workforce composed of those from different backgrounds and experiences creates an inclusive environment, strengthens positive relationships with the local community and brings new perspectives and approaches to fulfill its mission of providing excellent, independent and ethical legal services to the State of Washington and protect the rights of its people.