Attorney III
DeKalb County, GA 3 reviews - Decatur, GA

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Conducts factual and legal research and investigations. Prepares motions, pleadings, briefs and review summaries. Conducts pre-trial hearings, detention hearings, adjudication hearings, motion hearings and review hearings. Serves as lead Attorney. Duties vary within assigned Department.


Performs role of Duty Attorney as assigned including preliminary assessment and management of complainants, complaints and associated counsel.

Must possess knowledge of Georgia Supreme Court’s Attorney and Volunteer Guardian Ad Litem Aspirational Goals.

Must possess knowledge of A.S.F.A., federal guidelines regarding permanency planning.

Must possess knowledge of Official Code Georgia Annotated code sections relating to Juvenile Court and deprivation law.

May locate and coordinate therapeutic, educational, rehabilitative, and support services and resources for families and children.

Formulates recommendations for reunification and permanency planning.

Conducts preliminary, detention and review hearings.

Conducts adjudicatory and dispositional hearings.

Prepares hearing and appellate level briefs and pleadings as deemed appropriate by the department head.

Interviews, investigates and examines clients and witnesses.

Conducts legal research and prepares motions and pleadings for court appearances.

Identifies, evaluates and coordinates resources for client’s compliance with treatment and educational plans in furtherance of court orders regarding permanency.

May serve as department liaison to various court and community-based outreach and support service projects as directed by department head.

Serves as instructor for Continuing Legal Education seminars and various court and community-based program trainings, in the area of juvenile justice as directed by department head.

Assists with supervision of internship program, volunteer projects and support staff.

Stays abreast of recent changes in criminal law.

Reviews felony criminal cases in which formal charges have not been brought and determine if they should be.

Prepares reports and correspondence.

Conducts training for law enforcement, advocacy agencies and the public regarding changes/issues in the domestic violence law.

Provides on call advice for emergency domestic violence situations.

Checks criminal records and analyzes complex legal and/or factual issues.

Conducts jail pleas as appointed counsel.

Minimum Qualifications:

Juris Doctorate or L.L.B degree; three years of experience as an attorney. An equivalent combination of education and/or experience will be considered. Must be a member of the Georgia State Bar Association.

Supplemental Information:

Must possess knowledge of federal and state guidelines, legislation and case law regarding deprivation, child welfare and permanency.

Must possess knowledge of O.C.G.A sections relating to Juvenile Court, child welfare and deprivation law.

Must possess knowledge of Juvenile Court related rules, regulations and procedures.

Monitors and assesses client needs and makes recommendations regarding therapeutic, educational, rehabilitative and support services and resources for families and children.

Formulates recommendations regarding adjudication and disposition of deprivation matters and permanency efforts.

Conducts Extensive Field investigation and child interviews.

Evaluates resources and monitors client and guardian compliance with court orders regarding intervention, rehabilitation and permanency planning.

Completes assignments as directed by the department head and supervisory staff.

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