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Forensic Social Worker
 The Office of the Alternate Defense Counsel offers an exciting opportunity for skilled Licensed Social Workers (LSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW) to engage as independently contracted members of the criminal defense team representing adults and children who the government has charged with criminal and delinquent offenses.  Candidates will possess a strong orientation towards social justice and criminal defense. We are committed to affirming diversity and seek to provide a safe and welcoming environment.  While clinical supervision and training are offered, exceptional candidates will be self-motivated and possess strong organizational skills. Candidates will practice at the clinical and macro-level of the youth and adult criminal system, engaging with clients and their families to offer the best legal defense.


The mission of the Office of the Alternate Defense Counsel (OADC), through the practice of holistic public defense, is to help adults and children who the government has charged with criminal and delinquent offenses. The OADC's holistic practice model fosters ethical, informed, and standard-driven best practices in public defense. The OADC allocates resources in a manner intentionally designed to rebalance the disparate power wielded by the government in the criminal legal system. We advocate for every client's inherent worth and dignity by centering the client's experiences and voice to achieve the best legal outcome.

The OADC is dedicated to zealous, client-centered advocacy rooted in social justice, integrity, and humility. We recognize that we are working within a broken and racist criminal legal system. We also acknowledge that public defense advocates play an essential role in challenging bias and disparity within the courtroom, within our offices, and within ourselves. There is a disparate presence of violent policing, over-charging, and harsher sentencing outcomes for Colorado's people of color and other vulnerable populations. The OADC is unwavering in its support of decarceration, the decriminalization of youth, and equity within the criminal legal system.
Position: Forensic Social Worker
Organization: The Colorado Office of Alternate Defense Counsel
Location: Hiring in Mesa County, Pueblo County, El Paso County, Summit County, Eagle County,  CO 
United States
Salary: $44/hour, with the potential for increase based on skills, experience, and licensure. In addition, contractors will be reimbursed for mileage at the state rate of .48 per mile. Benefits not offered.
Posting Start Date: 8/6/2021
Date Posted: 8/5/2021
• Conducts work as a member of the defense team while adhering to the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct regarding client-attorney privilege and confidentiality.
• Assists the attorney/client team with the identification and collection of mitigation evidence to support mitigation themes, and advocates for alternative sentencing options when appropriate.  May assist in plea negotiations at the direction of the attorney.
• Identifies, locates, and interviews in person individuals relevant to mitigation in a culturally responsive manner and identifies and analyzes relevant records pertaining to mitigation. 
• Compiles comprehensive well-documented social history/mitigation reports for presentation to the defense team, experts, district attorneys, court or jury, treatment providers or others as appropriate.
• Assists the legal team in identifying and understanding major mental illness, intellectual and developmental disability, substance use issues, individual and transgenerational trauma, and neurological issues resulting from congenital or traumatic brain injury.
• Summarizes and provides experts with legal, medical, psychological, educational, and institutional records, at the direction of the attorney, to highlight relevant information for their review.
* Engages in intensive case management and resource identification to support the legal case with a focus on identifying alternatives to incarceration and detention. • Analyzes all relevant information and consults with the attorney on theories of mitigation and theory of defense to assist in presenting a comprehensive and cohesive case.
• May assist in crisis intervention or risk assessment with approval or direction from the attorney.
• May include overnight travel.

• Master’s degree in Social Work from an accredited college or university.  Candidates must have a License in Social Work (LSW) or obtain it within 90 days from the start of  contract in Colorado.  Candidates must maintain licensure and complete Continuing Professional Development requirements
• Must have a valid driver’s license, proof of insurance, and access to a working vehicle
• Must be willing to work non-traditional work hours

• Applying theories and practices of social work practice
• Ability to assess implications of physical, mental health, substance use issues, and neurological conditions on development across the lifespan
• Experience providing direct services to court-involved and/or incarcerated young people
• Ability to establish effective working relationships with clients, families, witnesses, court and institutional personnel, experts, and colleagues. 
• Motivational, strengths-based interviewing and culturally responsive practice
• Excellent written and oral advocacy skills
• Ability to work in a multidisciplinary legal team
• Self-directed organizational and time-management skills with the ability to meet sometimes short deadlines.
• Familiarity of the juvenile and criminal justice systems
• Knowledge of adolescent development and trauma
• Empathy to the needs and histories of people and children with criminal records
• Ability to function under institutional pressure in detention centers and prisons
• Ability to coordinate complex services involving multiple barriers
• Ability to understand the complexities of client-attorney privilege and confidentiality
• High level of initiative, enthusiasm, and motivation
• Professional curiosity and interest in furthering professional training and education
• Proficiency in standard software applications such as Word, Excel, Acrobat, and Power Point; internet access and email required.
• Bilingual proficiency.  English/Spanish desired

Apply Directly at https://fs2.formsite.com/OADC/usmqqv1dzz/index.html

Faxed or mailed applications will NOT Be Accepted.  Be Sure to follow the directions to apply.
Status: This listing expires on: 11/3/2021
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The Colorado Office of Alternate Defense Counsel

Hiring in Mesa County, Pueblo County, El Paso County, Summit County, Eagle County,  CO 80203
United States
(303) 515-6930
Claire Polini, claire@coloradoadc.com