Field Staff Attorney - NE

Omaha, NE
Full Time
Job #: FIELD03545
Initiates weekly communication with Saint Francis program and administrative leadership on the design, development, implementation, and monitoring of programs, services, and practices, particularly regarding legal risks and trends, court performance, and relationships with court personnel

  • Regularly initiates review of the quality of Saint Francis court reports, Saint Francis courtroom performance, and Saint Francis relationships with court partners.
  • Regularly monitors and addresses legal risks and trends, courtroom dynamics, local practices, and practice expectations in courts located in assigned counties, conveying the same to Saint Francis program leadership
  • Elicits formal and informal feedback from Judges, Guardian ad Litems, District/County Attorneys, Parent Attorneys, DHHS, CRB, CSOs, and CASA, through regular contact.
  • Builds and maintains positive working relationships with courts and court personnel including Judges, Guardian ad Litems, District/County Attorneys, Parent Attorneys, DHHS, CRB, CSOs, and CASA.
  • Initiates positive and professional working relationships with court personnel and program leadership/Saint Francis employees and maintains the same.
  • Facilitates ad hoc or standing judicial meetings or other meetings with court partners on a regular basis.
  • Provides timely responses to inquiries and requests for assistance by court personnel on case specific matter.
  • Provide timely legal advice on complex cases to Saint Francis field staff.
  • Acts as liaison between court personnel and Saint Francis on complex cases.
  • Responds timely to legal matters and appears in court on behalf of Saint Francis regularly.
  • Conducts research and writing as needed or assigned
  • Initiates collaboration with Saint Francis program and administrative leadership to ensure that Saint Francis staff receive necessary legal training, performance feedback, and legal support.
  • Monitors developments in federal and state child welfare and related statutes, case law, and regulations and trains staff on changes.
  • Provides formal and informal training and education on complex or emerging legal issues to Saint Francis program and administrative leadership.
  • Informs Vice-President of Legal Services of critical legal matters, trends, opportunities, and events; participate in strategic assessment, planning, and implementation as a member of the Legal Department
  • Keeps Vice-President of Legal Services informed of weekly activities
  • Partners with Saint Francis program and administrative leadership in assessment, planning, and interventions around specific challenges that create opportunities for strategic interventions around legal and court priorities and practices.
  • Initiates regular conversations with Saint Francis Performance Improvement and Quality Assurance staff to work with Saint Francis field staff on improving contract outcomes

Education Required:
  • Doctorate or better.
Experience Required:
  • 1 year: 1 year child welfare legal experience

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