State of North Carolina
Salary Grade: Grade 23
The statewide Guardian ad Litem Program (GAL) provides legal representation of abused, neglected, and/or dependent children in juvenile court proceedings. This advocacy is carried out by a team of trained volunteers, staff, and attorney advocates. The role of the attorney advocate, as mandated by statute, is to protect the legal interests of children and represent their best interests in juvenile proceedings through the presentation of evidence and facilitation of settlements, when appropriate. The attorney advocate also advises GAL program supervisory staff and volunteers regarding the legal interests of child clients to promote their safety, well-being, and permanency. Assists in the training of GAL volunteers and staff to become effective advocates.
Primary responsibilities of this position include but are not limited to the following:
- Advocate for the best interests of the GAL child clients and assure protection of their legal rights in abuse, neglect, and dependency cases in district court in order to ensure the safety, well-being, and permanency of said clients.
- Maintain up-to-date knowledge of relevant law, including case opinions, statutory amendments, and relevant rules of court.
- Analyze constitutional and statutory issues; comprehend and apply relevant case law and pertinent legal authority to the facts of the case.
- Review, draft, issue, circulate, and serve court orders when entered.
- Examine and cross examine witnesses; present closing arguments.
- File appropriate motions, including staff case, drafting, filing, serving and scheduling motions for hearing.
Knowledge of: GAL Program policies and procedures, child neglect and abuse law, NC Juvenile Code and relevant case law; trial and appellate court processes, GAL training materials, word processing, and computer systems to support duties and responsibilities.
Skill in: written and oral communication; research using Lexis, internet, and the NC Courts website; organizing and expressing ideas and legal concepts orally and in writing; legal analysis; and establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with GAL program staff and volunteer advocates.
Ability to: effectively advocate in court; employ strong negotiating skills; draft any necessary motions or memoranda of law; advocate for the best interests of juveniles and for the best practice policies and procedures of the GAL Program.
Juris Doctor Degree from an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school and an active license to practice law in North Carolina.
Management prefers candidates with five (5) years of legal experience including two (2) years of trial experience in juvenile court and a thorough understanding of the NC Juvenile Code and relevant case law required.
No phone calls. Applicants who are no longer being considered will be notified by mail or e-mail sometime after the closing date.
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