*Dependency Legal Services’ Job Announcement for Staff Attorney


Dependency Legal Services is a non-profit, interdisciplinary law firm dedicated to serving children and parents in child abuse and neglect cases. Our attorneys are court appointed to serve clients in Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Placer, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus and Yolo county dependency proceedings.  Dependency Legal Services is a dynamic law firm, with opportunities for growth, which values quality representation as well as quality of personal life.  (info@dependencyls.com). 


DLS seeks a full-time dependency attorney.  The attorney will represent children and/or parents in all phases of juvenile dependency proceedings pursuant to Welfare & Institutions Code § 300.  These cases involve allegations by Child Protective Services of child neglect or abuse.  Cases typically involve addressing issues such as substance abuse, domestic violence, and mental health in an effort to maintain or reunify families.  This is a high volume, fast-paced position which entails significant client contact, investigation, negotiation, legal research, drafting of motions, appellate work, participation in alternative dispute resolution meetings and frequent court appearances, including law and motion and trial work.  Extensive training includes California dependency law, client communication, and courtroom skills.  New attorneys are paired with an experienced mentor attorney in order to support professional development.


Applicants must be active Members in good standing of the State Bar of California or awaiting admission.  We welcome recently admitted attorneys as well as those with many years of experience.  This position calls for individuals with a strong desire to positively impact the lives of clients in crisis, including low-income parents and children from diverse backgrounds.  Strong written and verbal skills are critical as well as professionalism and interpersonal skills.  Spanish speakers are strongly encouraged to apply.  Successful candidates must enjoy multi-tasking, working collaboratively within a team-environment, while also providing strong advocacy.  We seek individuals who are able to work independently and are self-motivated.  A valid driver’s license or other transportation to attend hearing, home visits and out of office meetings is necessary.


Our attorneys are in court almost daily for law and motion matters or trials.  They are responsible for every facet of client representation including interviewing clients, explaining the law and standards of proof, and investigation of factual issues.  The work entails numerous collaborative meetings to resolve cases and remove barriers to successful outcomes.  Attorneys perform legal research, file motions, and prepare written briefs.  The work also entails trial preparation and conducting of bench trials.  Attorneys must have strong organizational skills in order to maintain a high case load in this fast paced area of law. 


Salary is commensurate with experience, ranging between $59,000 and $85,000.  We offer a competitive benefits package which includes health, dental, and vision coverage as well as a matching 401k plan.

Advokids is seeking a Fellow!

Advokids is looking for strong candidates for a fellowship with our office. Do you know anyone with a passion for fighting for children’s rights? Preventing further trauma to foster children? Interested in getting as much information as possible to lay advocates to empower them to protect children?

Please consider anyone you might know who is in their 3rd year of law school, or an attorney who wants to focus for the first time on public interest law. This is an Equal Justice Fellowship and the final candidate will receive a salary and benefits as well as training and support from Advokids’ highly trained legal and social work staff. This is a special opportunity to learn from some of the best child welfare attorneys in the country.

The position is near San Francisco in Corte Madera, and is full time for two years. The Fellow will have the opportunity to implement their own equal justice project, or work with us on one of our current priorities. The deadline to apply to Advokids is June 15, 2018.

Please contact Sarah Rock, Director of Strategy, (srock@advokids.org) with any questions or to make a referral. See Advokids’ website for more information. https://www.advokids.org/about/pro-bono-attorney-opportunities/career-opportunities/