Temporary Staff Attorney-1
up to six (6) months

Managerial/Professional Division

ACCOUNTABILITIES: To promptly and accurately prepare legal pleadings and materials relevant to dependent, abused, and neglected children. To work cooperatively with agency and legal department staff to advocate for minor children. Prepare materials relevant to court cases of dependent, abused and neglected children. Attend termination hearings and other routine related hearings as directed.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES: Prepares complaints, motions and requests for temporary custody, permanent custody, Planned Permanent Living Arrangement, terminations, show cause, extensions, etc. Conducts legal research on assigned issues, locates and reviews case and statutory law. Edits and proofreads documents.

Assists other attorneys and staff in preparation of litigation/negotiations and/or provides recommendations regarding legal advice to staff. Serves as a resource to attorneys and other agency staff on legislative changes. Provides information and recommendations on the requirements of child welfare law, agency procedures, and the preparation of legal documents such as complaints and motions. Gives presentations and procedural updates to other agency staff. Assists with special projects as assigned including the compilation of statistical information. Represents the Agency at termination hearings and other hearings as requested.

Communicates with court personnel on matters such as scheduling, assists with Journal Entry tracking, emergency hearings and ex parte orders, etc. Maintains system for tracking annual review hearings and terminations to ensure timely filing. Assists in orienting/training new employees regarding the Legal Department procedures and court proceedings.

NON-ESSENTIAL DUTIES: Performs other related duties as assigned.

ESSENTIAL BEHAVIORS: Accurate and timely preparation of legal documents which are clear and concise and provide facts necessary for the attorney to present the case in court. Be present for court hearings as requested. Responsibilities may include assisting attorneys in case preparation, conferences with agency personnel as well as preparation of legal pleadings. Knowledge of law (i.e., procedural and substantive); legal research methods; legal writing; interviewing; laws, rules, and procedures applicable to operations of Agency. Ability to perform legal research as requested. Ability to communicate verbally regarding legal issues. Ability to interact with government officials, clients, or public.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: License to practice law in the State of Ohio required. Previous litigation experience preferred; experience in juvenile law-related cases desirable. Familiarity with Juvenile Court proceedings and operations preferred. Must possess the ability to utilize computer technology to produce documents and access data, including Agency databases. Ability to handle a high volume of work. Must be a registered Notary in the State of Ohio. Must be knowledgeable in laws regarding dependent, neglected, and abused children. Demonstrated ability to model effective interactions and communication skills in cross cultural situations required.

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705 Adams St., Toledo, OH 43604

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