Attorney for The Child Trial Team Litigation Supervisor (Co-Borough Director)
For a career path that is both challenging and rewarding the Litigation Supervisor/Co-Borough Director at The Children’s Law Center’s (“CLC”) is part of talented team dedicated to the representation of children in custody, guardianship, visitation, child welfare and other connected matters. During CLC’s twenty-four-year history, we have represented over 100,000 children in New York City, in both the Family Courts and the Supreme Court Integrated Domestic Violence part. Our clients depend on CLC to ensure that their voice in heard in a court proceeding about their life.
Under the leadership of the Executive Director, the Litigation Supervisor Co-leads a borough office in collaboration with members of the borough leadership team, the citywide Co-Borough Directors and other members of the CLC Leadership team. The Litigation Supervisor/Co-Borough Director is charged with effectuating the mission of CLC by providing ongoing and trial skills development that ensures client-centered representation through competent, sensitive, zealous and timely advocacy. The Litigation Supervisor/Co-Borough Director will provide legal and managerial leadership to ensure that staff maintains a high standard of representation, teamwork, and client services.
- Experience with or demonstrated comfortability with representing youth.
- Analyzes legal issues, develops legal strategies and supervises the implementation of said strategies.
- Supports staff by providing them with the tools they need to effectively perform their jobs through onboarding, mentoring, on-the-job training, continuous feedback, supervision and coaching.
- Recognizes the specific needs of each supervisee and develops staff member’s skills and knowledge through modeling of case handling, case supervision, and second seating trials to assure high quality practice.
- Encourages interdisciplinary partnerships with social workers, paralegals and client services staff through modeling collaborative, trauma informed and holistic approaches to each case.
- Models professional interactions within and outside the organization.
- Ensures, as part of the supervisory review, critical, thoughtful reflection and qualitative discussions occur between supervisors and staff.
- Responsible for knowing and keeping abreast of the law, current trial skills, working with staff on case preparation and trials.
- Knowing and communicating current CLC policies and protocols in a clear and timely manner and providing staff with ongoing training and the tools necessary for their professional development.
- Demonstrated ability to oversee the day-to-day operations of a trial office.
- Monitoring and addressing caseloads needs.
- Ensuring the expectation of timely case updates in CLC case data repository, Legal Server, are met.
- Ensures that reports, relevant metrics are gathered on the macro and micro level and utilizes metrics to advance the mission of CLC.
- Collaborates with CLC Executive team point person and borough team counterparts, to assess and evaluate office and court needs.
- Identifies and suggests resources that may address those needs.
- Fosters and encourages teamwork and communication within and across teams.
- Displays comfort using technology in the practice and is able to coach and encourage staff and leaders to do the same.
- Responds to client, court, community and staff concerns and appropriately cascades information to appropriate leadership team members and staff.
- Represents CLC in meetings with other stakeholders and in the community, and appropriately cascades information.
- Other duties as required and necessary to fulfill the mission of CLC
Key Qualifications and Competencies:
- Admitted to practice law in New York State
- Minimum four years legal practice experience; preferably in family and/or juvenile law.
- Demonstrated litigation skills.
- Strong interviewing, advocacy, practice and cultural competence skills.
- Demonstrated commitment to public interest and policy.
- In-depth knowledge of family court, custody, domestic violence and child welfare.
- Demonstrated cross-functional teaming experience finding solutions to complex situations.
- Effective communication (written and verbal), time management, and organizational skills.
- Curiosity and eagerness to continue to learn new skills, grow professionally and take an optimistic approach to new challenges.
- Demonstrated attention to detail along with outstanding initiative, analytical, critical thinking and problem resolution skills.
- Proven ability to work independently with excellent judgment, diplomacy, professionalism and the ability to prioritize, track and manage multiple requests simultaneously, and meet deadlines.
- Demonstrated skills as a regular user, of software, technology, and online resources including knowledge of databases, legal research, Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook including calendaring, task, etc.), Internet searches, etc.
- Demonstrated ability to exercise complete discretion when working with confidential and sensitive information.
Please be preapred to spend 20-25 minutes on application process.