Job Title: Senior Family Reunification Attorney
Reports to: Co-Director
Supervise: Family Reunification Attorneys, Social Workers
Status: Exempt

The Senior Family Reunification Attorney will supervise the Family Reunification Department of A New Way of Life Reentry Project (ANWOL), which helps reunite formerly incarcerated parents with their children by providing direct representation in California’s family courts and probate courts, as well as providing “support person” advocacy in dependency court proceedings and support letters or advocacy at criminal court hearings for parents with outstanding charges. 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.

The position is geared toward those with 5+ years of experience, although others will be considered. The position is in-person and 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:
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
Attend DCFS Child and Family Team meetings as parents’ “support person”
Coordinate with ANWOL social workers regarding housing, social services referrals, counseling, visitation monitoring, or other services that may support a client’s reunification
Supervise attorneys appearing as advocates at criminal court hearings and/or prepare letters of support to advocate for reduced sentences
Help parents with terminated parental rights with outreach to adopters and with preparing post-adoption visitation agreements
Assist with the launch of a family reunification legal clinic at Century Regional Detention Facility

Policy Work:
Supervise family reunification policy and maintaining 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
Publish articles and opinion pieces relating to family reunification issues
Help to expand our family reunification model to reentry homes in other states

J.D. and admission to the California bar
Preferably, 5 + years of experience practicing in family court and/or probate court and familiarity with the Los Angeles dependency court and child welfare system
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 by sending cover letter and resume to: