Employment/Volunteer Opportunities

DEPENDENCY ADVOCACY CENTER CONTRACT ATTORNEY

Job Description
DAC is seeking an attorney to accept cases on a contract basis. The number of cases the contract attorney will receive varies depending upon need. The attorney will be responsible for cases representing parents and/or children at all stages of the juvenile dependency process. The position requires regular court appearances and frequent client contact. Representation includes client interviews, providing ongoing assessments of the merits of cases, conferring with social workers, opposing counsel, and other service providers, appearing at all court hearings, preparing witnesses for trial, participating in mediations and presenting clients’ cases to the court during uncontested hearings and bench trials. The position requires that the attorney be able to work independently and have juvenile dependency experience. DAC will make available and expects the contract attorney to participate in trainings to build legal knowledge, strengthen courtroom skills, and develop a deeper understanding of relevant systemic and social issues.

Desired Qualifications

  • Member in good standing of the State Bar of California
  • Experience in juvenile dependency law and courtroom advocacy required
  • High degree of professionalism
  • Ability to interact respectfully with judicial officers and adhere to the court’s schedule
  • Ability to multi-task and work independently
  • Ability to work compassionately and respectfully with clients in crisis
  • Excellent verbal, interpersonal, writing, and organizational skills

Compensation
Compensation will be provided on a case by case basis pursuant to a fixed fee schedule to be discussed with the applicant during the interview process.

Application Process
Please send cover letter and resume via email to jobs@sccdac.org or via fax to 408-516-3812.

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DEPENDENCY ADVOCACY CENTER CONTRACT SOCIAL WORKER

Job Description 
DAC is seeking a social worker to accept cases on a contract basis. The number of cases the contract social worker will receive varies depending upon need. The social worker will assist parents being represented by DAC attorneys. The primary purpose of the social worker is to provide clinical expertise to support the legal position being presented to the court. This may include providing expert testimony in litigation, writing a report to the court on the parent’s behalf, and providing clinical assessment information. Furthermore, the social worker may provide help in navigating the system to those clients with heightened needs. The position requires that the candidate be able to work independently. DAC will make available and expects the contract social worker to participate in trainings to develop a deeper understanding of relevant systemic and social issues.

Desired Qualifications

  • Graduate degree
  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest issues
  • Ability to flourish in a high-energy environment
  • Ability to multi-task and be a productive team player
  • Ability to work compassionately and respectfully with clients in crisis
  • Excellent verbal, interpersonal, writing, interviewing, and organizational skills
  • Bilingual skills preferred
  • Experience working with individuals from multi-ethnic communities

Compensation
Compensation will be provided on a case by case basis pursuant to a fixed fee schedule to be discussed with the applicant during the interview process.

Application Process
Please send cover letter and resume via email to jobs@sccdac.org or via fax to 408-516-3812.

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DEPENDENCY ADVOCACY CENTER VOLUNTEER AND INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

DAC has had the good fortune to work with a number of exceptional law student, paralegal and high school interns. If you are interested in volunteer opportunities with DAC, please send your email inquiry to jobs@sccdac.org.

“The staff at Dependency Advocacy Center (DAC) are a truly unique group.  I’m inspired by their compassion and level of service that each team member provides daily.  The staff shares a message of advocacy, determination, and hope to motivate allies, professional partners, and families to work together to build stronger families.  DAC is not only a remedy for the problems associated with child maltreatment & neglect but offers a viable solution to helping families reunify while achieving stability and self-sufficiency.  DAC provides a holistic approach by using a multi-disciplinary team to increase family reunification and improve the quality of lives for families to thrive.

I’m incredibly grateful to have interned at Dependency Advocacy Center.  I gained a well-rounded learning experience in working with families, especially within the juvenile dependency system.  I have learned to assess the bio-psycho-social aspects of an individual and client, recognizing the client’s challenges and above all their support systems, strengths, and resiliency to overcome traumas and hardships.

I will forever by grateful to my Field Instructor Hilary, DAC staff, and the clients I served during my internship that have taught me the true spirit of determination, resiliency, persistence, and strength.  Thank you!”

-Y.C., San Jose State University School of Social Worker, MSW Intern 2017-18

“I’ve worked in many different areas of dependency law, from policy making at the Judicial Council, to representing the Agency with the County Counsel. No other environment provided the depth of personal interaction with clients and attorneys, and no other experience inspired me to pursue an area of law as much as my time with the Dependency Advocacy Center has.

I was able to meet real people and help them with their deepest struggles, as they were fighting to keep their family together. They were often battling very significant personal problems, but it was deeply moving to see how much they would accomplish, and the obstacle they could overcome, when motivated by love for their family.

The DAC attorneys are extremely intelligent and also abundantly compassionate. As advocates in the court room, they are effective and determined. As counsel for their clients, they are firm and direct about the work that must be done, but also encouraging and supportive. I was especially impressed with how supportive the attorneys also are of each other and their staff. The atmosphere of camaraderie in the office allows the attorneys, staff, and clients to share the burden of their difficult and emotional cases, and alleviate additional stress.

Working here would be an incredible opportunity for anyone interested in a meaningful and rewarding legal career.”

-T.G., USF School of Law, Summer Intern 2009