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Are you interested in providing clinical supervision to forensic social workers in order to support their dynamic and innovative role on criminal defense teams?  Are you passionate about supporting, growing, mentoring, and developing OADC mission driven forensic social work in Colorado with social work students, recent social work graduates, and social workers working towards their LCSW Do you believe that holistic, team-oriented representation is essential for all people accused of criminal and delinquent acts 


If so, the Office of the Alternate Defense Counsel (OADC) offers an exciting opportunity for seasoned Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW)! OADC is looking for experienced LCSWs to engage as independently contracted clinical supervisors of MSW student interns Licensed Clinical Social Worker Candidate contractors working as members of criminal defense teams representing adults and children who the government has charged with criminal and delinquent offenses. While NASW Standards and Best Practices for Clinical Supervision provide a foundation for clinical supervision, qualified candidates will be well versed in the ethical and practice considerations that arise for interns and contractors while working as a member of criminal defense teams. Candidates will possess a strong orientation towards social justice and criminal defense and a desire to enhance the practice of others through a supportive and didactic relationship with their supervisees. We are committed to affirming equity and diversity and seek to provide a safe and welcoming environment. We strongly encourage people from underrepresented groups to apply. 




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. 


Organization: The Colorado Office of Alternate Defense Counsel
Location: Denver,  CO 
United States
Salary: $61/HR
Posting Start Date:
Date Posted: 3/16/2023


  • - Conducts clinical supervision on a consistent and adequate basis with at least 3 or more supervisees or student interns at any given time during the contract period. 

  • - Maintains own supervision records documenting hours of supervision with each supervisee seeking supervision for licensure purposes in accordance with all standards and procedures listed in the Mental Health Practice Act and Board of Social Work Rules 

  • -Signs all licensure paperwork in compliance with DORA upon request  

  • -Conducts work while adhering to the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct regarding client-attorney privilege and confidentiality  

  • - Manages all conflicts of interest between clients of supervisees, as well as clients on their own caseload. 

  • - Makes contact with attorneys on supervisees teams to notify them that the supervisee is in supervision  

  • - Seeks feedback about the work of the supervisee to identify strengths and areas of growth from attorneys. 

  • - Regularly engages in self-reflection to identify biases and encourages anti-racist practices in supervisees.  

  • - Participates in monthly and quarterly meetings to review supervision practices as they relate to the NASW Best Practice Standards of Clinical Supervision and their application to this unique work.  

  • - Sets standards by modeling boundary setting that promotes self-care and reduces burnout 

  • -All duties and skills necessary to carry a caseload of clients. 



  • Master’s degree in Social Work from an accredited college or university. Candidates must have a minimum of 2 years practicing in criminal defense and an LCSW. 

  • 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 




-Conceptualize and teach theories and practices of criminal defense social work, including identification and problem solving related to novel ethical dilemmas. 

-Ability to establish rapport and work with supervisees/interns as they present with unique learning styles. 

-Ability to foster independence in others while in a mentorship relationship. 

-Ability to establish a trusting relationship with supervisees/interns to support and enhance strengths, as well as allow for identifying and monitoring areas of growth in a supportive and effective manner.  

-Ability to mediate between supervisees and teams when appropriate (or if asked by supervisees) when conflict arises. 

-Ability to assess whether the work of supervisees meets core competencies for clinical social work practice in this unique field 

-Ability to manage time effectively to carry a caseload of clients as well as a caseload of supervisees/interns 

-Ability to assess implications of physical, mental health, substance use issues, and neurological conditions on development across the lifespan 

-Motivational, strengths-based interviewing skills 

-Culturally responsive practice and skills while serving underserved/underrepresented populations and associated issues 

-Excellent written and oral advocacy skills 

-Self-directed organizational and time-management skills with the ability to meet sometimes short deadlines. 

-Familiarity with the youth 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 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 

-An ongoing commitment to relevant issues and best practices regarding equity, diversity, and inclusion 

-Proficiency in standard software applications such as Word, Excel, Acrobat, and Power Point; internet access and email required. 

-Bilingual proficiency. English/Spanish desired 



This is a contract position that pays an hourly rate of $61/hour with the potential for increase based on other than English language proficiency. In addition, contractors will be reimbursed for mileage at the state rate. Contractors are expected to submit timely and accurate billing to the Office of the Alternate Defense Counsel. No benefits are offered. 


Contact Kevin Bishop, LCSW at kevin@coloradoadc.com or Claire Polini, LCSW at claire@coloradoadc.com for more information or with questions
Status: This listing expires on: 6/14/2023
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The Colorado Office of Alternate Defense Counsel

Denver,  CO 80203
United States
Kevin Bishop