Job Title: Family Reunification Attorneys (2 Open Positions – Direct Services and Public Policy)
Reports to: Co-Director / Family Reunification Program
Supervise: Legal Externs, Social Workers
Status: Exempt

The Family Reunification Attorneys will work in the Family Reunification Department of A New Way of Life Reentry Project (ANWOL) with the goal of reuniting formerly incarcerated parents with their children by providing direct representation in California’s family courts and probate courts, as well as providing direct and/or supportive representation in dependency court proceedings. In addition, the Attorney may contribute to civil rights impact litigation, family reunification local, state, and federal policy work, and family reunification legal clinics planned to occur in prisons in Los Angeles County.

Currently, there are two open positions geared toward those with 3 to 5 years of experience, although others will be considered. The positions will be based in our Montebello, CA office.

Primary Tasks:

Direct Pro Bono Representation in Family and Probate Court:
File or respond to requests for court orders and other filings in California Family Courts on behalf of previously incarcerated parents in order to pursue additional physical or legal custody rights and/or visitation
File and prosecute petitions to terminate guardianship on behalf of previously incarcerated parents or defend against petitions to appoint guardians in California Probate Court
Appear at hearings on behalf of previously incarcerated parents in Southern California counties
Conduct client interviews, collect evidence, and develop materials related to cases

Dependency Court Work:
Supervise our direct pro bono representation of previously incarcerated parents involved in dependency court actions at Edelman Children’s Court
Advise clients on completing case plans and navigating dependency court proceedings
Assist in coordinating social services, conferring with appointed attorneys and social workers, and obtaining support letters from social service providers
Coordinate with ANWOL social workers regarding housing, social services referrals, counseling, visitation monitoring, or other services that may support a client’s reunification
Conduct client interviews, collect evidence, and develop materials related to cases
Help parents with terminated parental rights form post-adoption contact agreements
Assist with the launch of a family reunification legal clinic at Century Regional Detention Facility

Policy Work:
Form or maintain relationships with other stakeholders and key policymakers
Advocate for the change of state and federal laws that deprive parents of their civil rights and due process, including the federal Adoption and Safe Families Act
Assist with organizing political summits
Help to expand our family reunification model to reentry homes in other states

Qualifications:

J.D. and admission to the California bar
Preferably, 3-5 years of experience (1) practicing in Los Angeles dependency court or (2) practicing in the area of federal public policy, regulations, and government affairs
3-5 years of experience practicing litigation in California, particularly in family courts, probate courts, or criminal restraining order hearings, also strongly considered
Understanding of the population to be served
Ability to maintain accurate and organized records
Strong communication, logic, and problem-solving skills
Self-motivated and able to set priorities and manage a variety of tasks
Regular access to a personal vehicle; some travel to local courts required
Formerly incarcerated individuals or individuals impacted by the criminal justice or child welfare systems are encouraged to apply

Salary and benefits: Competitive salary based on experience, with medical, dental and vision insurance benefits, life insurance, and 403(b) retirement plan.

Applications will be considered until the position is filled. Apply by sending cover letter and resume to: careers@anewwayoflife.org.