Request For Qualifications To Represent Children Throughout the State

STATE OF WASHINGTON
OFFICE OF CIVIL LEGAL AID
CHILDREN’S REPRESENTATION PROGRAM
1112 Quince St. SE
MS 41183
Olympia, WA 98504

REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS
OF ATTORNEY REPRESENTATION FOR CHILDREN
IN DEPENDENCY PROCEEDINGS

 

The Washington State Office of Civil Legal Aid (OCLA) Children’s Representation Program (CRP) currently provides state funded attorney representation and case support services to dependent children who have been legally free as to both parents for at least 6 months. OCLA is requesting applications for full or part time attorney services in every county in the state.

The contract caseload for a full time attorney is approximately 80 cases with an approximate annual compensation of $120,000. Part-time attorney position compensation is pro-rated based on a percentage of a full time caseload at the rate of $1500 per case or $750 for commonly represented siblings. If interested, follow the application procedures below.

QUALIFICATIONS

 The following qualifications are required:

  • Licensed member in good standing of the Washington State Bar.
  • Ability to meet OCLA Children’s Representation Program Standards for Attorneys.
  • Provide legal representation consistent with the practice, caseload and training standards as outlined in Meaningful Legal Representation for Children and Youth in Washington’s Child Welfare System.
  • Participate in OCLA’s case activity and outcome tracking requirements and use OCLA’s Case Activity,  Reporting and Oversight System (CAROS).
  • Participate in OCLA sponsored trainings.
  • Maintain liability insurance.
  • Commitment to and history of providing excellent representation to children and youth.
  • Able to communicate well with children and youth; be familiar with RCW 13.34 and court rules pertaining to  dependency cases.
  • Awareness of and ability to effectively bridge Ethnic, Racial, Cultural, Language and other barriers that clients face.
  • Spanish language skills a plus.

Application Procedure
Applications will be accepted until positions are filled. To apply, email a letter of interest identifying your qualifications, caseload capacity, a resume, and three references to:
Jill Malat, Program Manager
Office of Civil Legal Aid
Jill.malat@ocla.wa.gov

OCLA reserves the right to amend this Request for Qualifications and reserves the right to refrain from contracting with any and all applicants. The request for qualifications does not obligate the state of Washington or OCLA to contract for the services specified.