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Staff Attorney, Family Defense Practice

New York, NY
Full Time
08-19-2021
Description:
CFR has an immediate opening for a Staff Attorney in both our Manhattan and Queens offices. Due to COVID-19 we are currently working remotely and initial training and direct client work will continue virtually until we have more information from New York City about plans for reopening court and ACS.

Responsibilities:
  • Work as part of CFR’s interdisciplinary legal teams (comprised of attorneys, social work staff, paralegals and parent advocates) to provide our clients with high quality legal defense and meet objectives such as keeping children out of foster care, shortening lengths of stay for children in foster care, promoting quality visiting arrangements and insuring that families receive services that are well-tailored to expediting safe and lasting reunification
  • Represent parents in Family Court who are respondents in Article 10 and all related supplemental proceedings, including Termination of Parental Rights proceedings
  • Pursue interim appeals on behalf of CFR’s clients
  • Keep case data, client legal notes and files up to date
  • Participate in CFR’s policy initiatives
  • Work collaboratively with CFR’s Home for Good teams
  • Where appropriate, supervise law school interns

Attorneys joining CFR can expect intensive, interdisciplinary training on CFR’s Cornerstone Advocacy model, family court, the child welfare/family regulation system, client interviewing, and other critical skills. CFR is dedicated to providing ongoing professional development in best practices in all these areas in a variety of training forums for all staff.

Qualifications:
  • Applicants must be admitted to practice law in the State of New York and demonstrate strong interpersonal and communication skills, an ability to work as part of a team and a desire to share in both the exhilaration and challenges of a growing endeavor.
  • Prior experience with public benefits, housing, criminal defense or immigration is preferred.
  • Fluency in Spanish or other languages and experience with public benefits, education, housing or immigration is all desirable.
  • Individuals who apply should be able to demonstrate strong interpersonal and communication skills, a commitment to interdisciplinary representation of parents and a desire to share in both the exhilaration and challenges of a growing endeavor.

Salary:
Commensurate with experience; excellent benefits package.





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