ASSISTANT PUBLIC DEFENDER CHILDREN’S DEFENSE DIVISION
Do you want to be a top-notch litigator fighting on behalf of children to secure a better future for them?
The Miami-Dade Public Defender’s Office (PD-11) seeks a zealous, experienced, and dedicated litigator to represent children in its new and transformational One Child, One Attorney
initiative. Our law firm is a nationally recognized leader in indigent and children’s defense. Our team members are committed to our law firm’s mission and core values of a culture of excellence, client-centered representation, and tenacious advocacy.
Trial experience and outstanding legal research and writing skills preferred. Potential starting salary for an attorney with at least 3 years’ experience handling progressively more complex felony cases, may be $65,000, or higher depending on experience, qualifications, and available funding.
OVERVIEW OF THE POSITION
The One Child, One Attorney
initiative is an innovative vertical representation model wherein assigned attorneys advocate for their young clients in all related court matters. The model leads to meaningful and lasting attorney-client relationships and continuity of representation across cases throughout the client’s childhood.
The One Child, One Attorney
initiative has five major components – 1) vertical representation on individual cases as well as continuous representation (the same attorney defending the same child across court divisions) in delinquency, dependency, Baker Act, and adult court, 2) specialized juvenile attorneys on long-term assignment to the Children’s Defense Division, 3) expanded legal and social service linkages to connect clients and their families to evidence-based assessments and treatment, 4) National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) best practices Florida-specific immersive attorney training program, and 5) data-informed practices.
For the One Child, One Attorney
initiative, PD-11 expects to hire and retain experienced, highly skilled, specialized, well-trained attorneys to serve on long-term assignment in the Children’s Defense Division. These attorneys provide exceptional comprehensive representation to the “whole” child in multiple case categories from appointment through case closure. Attorneys work in a team-oriented environment. Attorneys must be able to balance a child-centered approach to representation with advocacy to address systemic inequity and the collateral consequences that lead to deeper system involvement. In essence, we have reimaged what children’s defense can and should be and we are looking for top trial lawyers committed to children to join our team.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Advocate for and represent children and young people in all aspects of delinquency, dependency, Baker Act and direct file cases;
• Advocate and represent clients in detention and other facilities;
• Identify and advocate for solutions to systemic issues – including but not limited to disproportionate minority contact with the juvenile justice system, challenges faced by LGBTQ clients, gender-based disparities, unconstitutional police practices, the school to prison pipeline, and the immigration consequences of an arrest;
• Work collaboratively with social workers, case managers, mental health and educational professionals to assist clients and their families in matters related to housing, education, school discipline, mental health, and other matters affecting the child-client or the child’s case;
• Investigate, develop, and litigate novel and cutting-edge legal arguments;
• Competently, independently, and resourcefully manage a full caseload;
• Communicate in an open, constructive, and professional manner with clients, family members, attorneys, supervisors, team members, and judicial and community partners.