A Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Attorney Advocate provides legal representation of abused, neglected and/or dependent children in juvenile court proceedings. The attorney advocate is mandated by statute to protect the legal interests of children and represent their best interests in these proceedings. The attorney advocate also counsels GAL volunteers and staff regarding the legal interests of child clients to promote their safety, well-being and permanency planning.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies:
Knowledge of: GAL Program policies and procedures, child neglect and abuse law, trial and appellate court process; GAL training materials; word processing; and computer systems to support duties and responsibilities.
Ability to: effectively advocate in court employing strong negotiating skills; draft motions or memoranda of law; advocate for the best interests of juveniles and for the best practice policies and procedures of the GAL Program.
Skills in: excellent written and oral communication skills; research skills using Lexis, internet, and the NC Courts website; or organization; expression of ideas and legal concepts orally and in writing; legal analysis; and skills in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with GAL Program staff and volunteer advocates.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:
Juris Doctor degree from an ABA accredited law school and active North Carolina Law License.
Management prefers candidates with five (5) years of legal experience, two (2) years of trial experience in juvenile court and a thorough understanding of the NC Juvenile Code and relevant case law.
Supplemental and Contact Information:
Applicants must complete an on-line application by clicking the above APPLY link. Mailed or faxed applications will not be accepted.
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Charmaine J Leeks
NC Administrative Office of the Courts
Human Resources Division
North Carolina Office of State Human Resources - 19 months ago