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Attorney - Youth/Civil law

Legal Counsel for Youth and Children (LCYC) seeks a passionate, collaborative, and innovative attorney, committed to social justice and anti-racism, to provide direct representation, community outreach, and education to young people in Pierce County. Applicants must be licensed to practice law and in good standing in Washington State by September 2024. This position is based in Pierce County, WA. LCYC is a virtual non-profit – the attorney will work from home and spend their time in Pierce County, meeting with clients in the community and at court. The attorney will provide legal assistance for young people experiencing housing instability through (1) direct legal representation (2) legal advice and consultation, and (3) legal education to youth and community partners. Working in collaboration with youth and community providers, the attorney will help identify and influence systemic barriers to the elimination of youth homelessness. The attorney will be responsible for outreach, partner relationships and generating referrals in Pierce County. The attorney may also be practicing in underlying state Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) matters, dependencies, CHINS/ARY/Becca proceedings, and minor guardianships. The attorney will not need existing expertise in all the areas listed, but they do need to arrive at LCYC with a commitment to continual learning and adaptability. Applicants with at least 3 years of experience representing youth in either dependencies, minor guardianships, or CHINS/ARY/Becca proceedings are strongly preferred. Spanish speakers are also strongly preferred.

 

COMMITMENT TO INCLUSIVITY, EQUITY AND REPRESENTATION: 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 LGBTQIA+ 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 homelessness.

 

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS: This is a full-time, overtime exempt, salaried position that requires a willingness to work some evenings and weekends, as well as regular travel throughout Pierce County and occasional travel within Washington 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 employees to achieve better individual balance between work and home. The salary range for the position is $73,000 - $95,000, depending on experience. Salary range is on a 10- year scale based on experience as a practicing attorney. 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 laptop computer, work cellphone, 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.

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