Request for Qualifications


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 six months. Authority for this program is set forth in RCW 13.34.100(6) and RCW 2.53.045. OCLA seeks applications from individuals or firms willing and capable of providing standards-based legal representation for legally free children in Spokane County to begin July 1, 2019. OCLA expects to engage the selected contractor to assume a full-time attorney caseload of approximately 80 cases with an approximate annual compensation of $120,000. If interested, follow the application procedures below.


The following qualifications are required:

  • Licensed member in good standing of the Washington State Bar Association
  • 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


Applications will be accepted until positions are filled. To apply, email a letter of interest identifying your qualifications, a resume, and three references to:

Jill Malat, Program Manager
Office of Civil Legal Aid

OCLA reserves the right to amend this solicitation and to refrain from contracting with any and all applicants. The solicitation does not obligate the State of Washington or OCLA to contract for the services specified.