The Denver City's Attorney's Office seeks an associate level Assistant City Attorney for the Child Welfare and Youth Services Unit of the Department of Law's Human Services Legal Services Section. This Associate Assistant City Attorney provides legal representation to Denver Department of Human Services social workers and administrators in Dependency and Neglect and Juvenile Delinquency cases in state trial and appellate courts. In addition to appearing in court, the associate attorney attends collaborative, multi-disciplinary meetings to guide decisions for the treatment and placement of families, children and youth. We seek an attorney interested in Juvenile law. The attorneys regularly appear in all state courts, including Denver Juvenile Court.

Denver Human Services (DHS) promotes the well-being, protection and independence of Denver residents through its many services for low-income and at-risk families, children, seniors and other adults. DHS is the County-administered and State-supervised vehicle for providing assistance to people in need and/or to those who need protection from abuse and neglect in Denver which constitutes an approximate $300 million operation with approximately 1,200 employees. DHS serves approximately 175,000 people each year, in assistance programs including abused and neglected children and their families, and people who are elderly, homeless, disabled or otherwise in need. DDHS helps gather the financial and social resources to connect our clients to the community and enable them to live healthier, safer lives.

The Denver City's Attorney's Office is one of the largest law firms in Colorado, with over 230 employees. It may have the most diverse practice of any law firm in Colorado. Clients include the Mayor; the Auditor; the Clerk and Recorder; City Council; and all city agencies, departments, offices, boards, commissions and authorities. The City Attorney's Office is dedicated to providing an inclusive and diverse work environment in which every person has the opportunity to achieve the highest professional and personal development and is accorded the highest degree of dignity and respect.

Responsibilities for an ACA-Associate include:
  • Works with supervisor to prepare increasingly complex cases for trial such as those at federal district court and represents the City in those proceedings.
  • Conducts or assists with legal research.
  • Provides City agencies with legal advice including rules of evidence and rules of procedure.
  • Represents City agencies concerning administrative remedies and initiatives and interprets policy ordinances and charter requirements.
  • Drafts and prepares memoranda, motions, briefs and pleadings to be filed in judicial or quasi-judicial proceedings.
  • Assists attorneys working in specialized areas with research and related activities.
  • By position, provides agencies with formal legal opinions on matters involving lesser complexity and specialization.
  • By position, negotiates and prepares contracts, ordinances, leases, deeds, licenses, and other legal documents.
  • Any one position may not include all of the duties listed. However, the allocation of positions will be determined by the amount of time spent in performing the essential duties listed above.

About You
Preferred Qualifications:
  • The preferred candidates, in addition to having the required qualifications as listed in the section below, will be attorneys who have:
  • Experience handling Dependency and Neglect cases;
  • Experience/knowledge in juvenile law;
  • Mediation experience and/or a mediation certificate;
  • Experience in Youth Programs;
  • An undergraduate degree or minor in Social Work, Juvenile Justice, Sociology and Political Science;
  • A background working with neighborhood or restorative justice programs;
  • Experience with programs connected to the Dept. of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP);
  • A strong commitment to public service; and/or
  • Strong written and oral advocacy skills.

We realize your time is valuable, so please do not apply unless you have at least the following required minimum qualifications:
  • Education: Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree or Bachelor of Law Degree.
  • Experience: Two (2) years of experience as an attorney at law.
  • Education/Experience Equivalency: No substitution of experience for education is permitted.
  • License/Certifications: Possession of a license to practice law in Colorado from the Colorado Supreme Court at the time of application or possession of license from U.S. states that have a reciprocity agreement with the state of Colorado, excluding the following states: California, Delaware, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada, Rhode Island, and South Carolina. The preceding list of non-reciprocal admission jurisdictions is intended to be used only as a guide, as rules and regulations of every jurisdiction are subject to change at any time. Positions with the Denver City Attorney's Office are dependent upon the rules and regulations in place at the time of application and subsequent hiring.
  • Licenses and certifications must be kept current as a condition of employment.

Closing Date: 21st January, 2019
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