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Dependency Attorney

LCYC seeks a passionate, collaborative, and innovative attorney, committed to social justice and

anti-racism, to provide holistic legal services to young people in King County – primarily

dependency cases, possibly minor guardianship, BECCA proceedings, and/or juvenile defense,

depending on the applicant’s qualifications. Applicants must be a member of the Washington State

Bar Association and meet the minimum requirements of King County Department of Public Defense

assigned counsel panel for dependency cases.

This position is based in King County. LCYC is a virtual non-profit. The attorney will work from home

and meet with clients in the community, schools, and homes. The attorney will appear in court as

required and attend various meetings, such as Family Team Decision Making meetings (both currently

mainly virtually, subject to change). As part of our holistic advocacy, the attorney may also provide

legal advice and advocacy on a range of civil legal issues such as orders of protection, housing

access, eviction prevention, record-sealing, legal financial obligations, name and gender marker

changes, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, and public benefits. Applicants do not need existing

expertise in all civil legal areas, but they do need to arrive at LCYC with a commitment to continual


Working in collaboration with youth and community providers, the attorney will help identify and

influence systemic barriers to youth access to justice. Additionally, the attorney will engage in

ongoing trainings and conversation as LCYC advance’s its journey in becoming an anti-racist



LCYC is an equal opportunity employer committed to having a diverse staff and board reflective of

the communities we serve. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, those with lived

experience, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and other

underrepresented and historically marginalized groups. LCYC particularly values lived experience in

our practice areas of child welfare, juvenile court, youth and family immigration, and youth



This is a full-time salaried position that requires a willingness to work some evenings and weekends,

as well as occasional travel within the state. LCYC exempt employees have some flexibility in setting

their schedules each week. This flexibility allows staff to adapt the timing of their work week with

the scheduling needs of representing youth. This flexibility also allows exempt employees to achieve

better individual balance between work and home.

The salary range for the position is $69,000 - $90,100, depending on experience. Attorneys with

ten or more years of experience are at the high end, with a salary of $90,100. Spanish speakers

are eligible for an additional $3,000 annually, beyond their set salary.

Supportive benefits include but are not limited to Flexible Time Away, medical, dental, life and

disability insurance, 403(b) plan, and paid home office needs such as cell phone, laptop

computer, stand-up desk, and printer.

LCYC does not have a shared office space. All staff work from home offices. Travel for work is

compensated at the Federal reimbursement rate.


• At least one year of dependency experience as a public defender, assistant attorney general, or

private practitioner; or have significant experience handling family law litigation or complex


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

• Demonstrated commitment to LCYC’s mission of protecting the interest and safety of youth in

Washington by advancing their legal rights.

• Commitment to and demonstrated interest in engaging in culturally competent relationships and

applying an anti-racist lens to program operations, community partnerships, and supporting

young people.

• Demonstrated interest and ability in working with youth and families of diverse racial, cultural,

socio-economic backgrounds and inspire their confidence.

• Ability to work independently and be self-motivated.

• Ability to communicate legal concepts, options, and potential outcomes in a developmentally

appropriate manner with youth.

• Ability to work professionally with youth and diverse community partners, developing a

relationship of trust and confidence.

• Ability to be flexible, adjusting to the needs of youth, community, and organization.

• Committed to continual learning and responsive to feedback.

• The applicant must have access to a car as the position involves some travel.

• Fluency in Spanish is highly valued.


The staff attorney in King County will undertake a range of duties including, but not limited to the

list below.

• Provide holistic representation to youth in dependency, termination, guardianship, and extended

foster care cases adhering to the state-wide Standards for Representation of Children and Youth

in Dependency Cases (Updated 2022).

• Depending on the applicant’s qualifications, they may also be assigned to represent youth in

juvenile defense cases, BECCA cases, and in minor guardianships.

• Provide youth with legal advice, referrals, mediation, and in-court representation as needed on a

variety of legal matters including, but not limited to special education, orders of protection,

housing access, eviction prevention, record-sealing, legal financial obligations, name and gender

marker changes, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, and public benefits.

• Investigate each case; analyze facts in light of relevant legal considerations; conduct legal

research; prepare litigation strategy; prepare legal memoranda, motions and briefs, and argue

specific legal motions and pleadings; examine and cross-examine witnesses; conduct hearings and


• Participate in regular case staffings with an LCYC Supervisor.

• Participate in regular meetings with the Dependency Team, all staff monthly meetings,

and an annual retreat with all LCYC staff.

• Staff cases, problem solve, and identify trends and systemic barriers as an active member of


• Participate in trainings to continually improve the advocacy provided to the youth LCYC serves.

• Track time and pertinent case data from intakes and closing in LCYC’s case management system.

• Regularly participate in all staff meetings, trainings, identity group conversations, and project

specific workgroups on equity and systemic racism.

LCYC’s services are community based; we meet youth in locations where they feel safe and can

easily access. LCYC will continue to adapt our policies in line with public health recommendations

and our legal responsibilities to young people we represent. All LCYC staff are required to provide

proof of vaccination for COVID 19.


LCYC protects the interests and safety of youth in Washington by advancing their legal rights. We

accomplish our mission through direct legal representation, strong community partnerships, and

systemic advocacy. We have four program areas: child welfare, juvenile court, youth and family

immigration, and youth homelessness.

LCYC provides community-based, holistic legal advocacy to expand access to justice for young people

in Washington. LCYC was created and continues to evolve in response to the community’s needs. We

meet youth where they are—geographically, developmentally, emotionally, culturally, and

linguistically. We collaborate with the youth, family members, educators, service providers, and

other community partners to ensure that the legal and non-legal needs of the youth are met.

LCYC empowers youth by helping them understand and engage in complex legal systems that impact

their lives and their families. We help youth understand and assess legal issues, options, potential

consequences, and opportunities, before the youth determines the path forward.

LCYC is a team of supportive, creative, risk-taking, and flexible attorneys seeking to disrupt the status

quo. We are committed to continual learning. An essential part of that learning must be centered on

anti-racism within ourselves, our organization, and the systems we encounter as advocates for young

people. We are willing to fail forward, make mistakes and learn, and embrace change. We believe

humor and teamwork are critical to doing this sometimes incredibly difficult work.


Please submit a letter of interest, resume, brief writing sample, and list of three references to

Colleen Shea-Brown (she/her) at

For your application to be considered, please include a response to the following question in your

cover letter: How do you think your personal background or experiences, professional or

otherwise, have prepared you to contribute to our commitment to anti-racism and equity

internally and externally?

Applications will be received and considered until 5pm on Monday, March 20, 2023. Interviews will

be scheduled with selected applicants on a rolling basis through March 24th. The projected start

date for this position is May 1, 20

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