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The CASA/GAL Attorney is responsible for the management and prosecution of files to which CASA Kane County is appointed as Guardian ad Litem (GAL) in the 16th Judicial Circuit, including but not limited to, the Abuse and Neglect and Juvenile Justice Courtrooms. He/she shall also represent the GAL in all related administrative matters as appropriate including but not limited to Administrative Appeals and Hearings. The CASA/GAL Attorney also represents the GAL in Probate Court.
The CASA/GAL Attorney shall be responsible for managing the input of data, materials and documents into OPTIMA, CASA Kane County’s case management software system. In addition, work collaboratively with the Director of Case Management/GAL Attorney, Advocate Supervision Team, and the organization’s volunteer GALs.
History – Mission – Direction of the Organization
In 1977, a Seattle Superior Court Judge named David Soukup was concerned about trying to make decisions on behalf of abused and neglected children without enough information. He conceived the idea of appointing community volunteers to speak up for the best interests of these children in court. He made a request for volunteers; 50 citizens responded, and that was the start of the CASA movement.
CASA Kane County began in 1988 and is 32 years in existence with 20 staff members, 25 Board of Directors, 40 Chairman Advisory Panel members and 200 plus active CASA/GAL volunteers. As a Guardian ad Litem organization, we are appointed to 100% of all abuse/neglect and probate cases in Kane County.
Mission Statement: CASA Kane County is Guardian ad Litem, nonprofit volunteer organization that advocates for the best interests of children in abuse, neglect and private guardianships cases within the Juvenile Court system.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Case management of CASA Kane County Case Files in Abuse and Neglect, Juvenile Delinquency and Probate Courtrooms.
- Preparation of motions, pleadings and other court documents in support of children we serve and CASA Kane County mission.
- Discovery preparation including interrogatories, requests for production, requests to admit, subpoena and FOIA requests.
- Analysis of files and team collaboration in order to problem solve and, where appropriate, bring matters into Court.
- Drafts articles published biweekly, monthly and quarterly related to case activity, changes in court procedures or protocols affecting Abuse and Neglect, Juvenile Delinquency or Probate Courtrooms.
- Review CASA Kane County CASA/GAL Reports for legal sufficiency and compliance with Illinois Rules of Evidence, Juvenile Court Act, Probate Statutory Requirements and Kane County General Orders.
- Facilitate effective case management using CASA Kane County software OPTIMA
- Manage and ensure timely delivery of CASA Kane County CASA/GAL Reports to Court and all parties of record on the case.
- Assist Volunteers and Staff in analyzing and making recommendation to the Court and Kane County Mediation Program as appropriate.
- Review Department of Children and Family Services’ investigation packets in a timely manner and determine whether hearings will be requested.
- Maintain Hotline/Investigation Calls log and follow up as necessary
- Participate in appeal requests in Department of Children and Family Service administrative hearings for open investigations involving current minors in care.
- Meet with Advocate Supervisors and Guardian Ad Litem volunteers before and/or after court to discuss cases and prepare volunteers for court appearances.
- Work directly with Advocate Supervisors and Guardian Ad Litem volunteers to achieve objectives and deliver positive outcomes for children in care in court.
- Attendance at monthly and quarterly courtroom meetings including the Quarterly Alliance Meeting, PEW, and Juvenile Justice Council Meeting as directed by the Director of Case Management.
- When needed, develop forms and other legal materials to maximize time and efficiency in the courtroom.
- When appropriate, present to CASA Kane County Staff, Volunteers and Board of Directors on the state of courtroom activity and other related matters.
- Assist in training sessions for CASA Kane County team members, board of directors, court personnel, legal colleagues and community partners as needed.
- Assist, qualify and support the initial interviewing for new CASA/GAL volunteers.
- Assist in education and training CASA/GAL volunteers.
- Attendance at weekly Programming Meeting.
- Attendance at CASA Kane County fundraising and stewardship events.
- Collaborate with CASA Kane County Staff in pursuit of our mission.
- D. from an ABA Accredited Law School
- Illinois License to Practice Law in Good Standing
- Strong litigation background with an emphasis on motion practice, pleading preparation and written and oral discovery
- 1 – 3 years of Trial and/or Evidentiary Hearing Experience – Extensive Deposition Experience will also be considered
- Exceptional legal and technical writing ability
- Solid courtroom presence with the ability to work collaboratively with our courtroom partners while maintaining focus on CASA Kane County’s Mission
- Ability to think and plan strategically and to lead and collaboratively implement change
- Ability to create a climate where people are motivated to do their best and to manage conflict effectively
- Ability to hold self and others accountable to performance standards and experience in effective resolution of staff performance challenges
- Ability to compile and analyze complex data for planning and reporting purposes
- Ability to work under time constraints, be goal-oriented and maintain productive and effective relationships with staff, volunteers and community supporters
- Excellence in communication, both written and oral
- Commitment to the values of diversity and inclusion
- Integrity, honesty and ethical conduct
- Dedication and passion for CASA’s mission
- Kane County Resident
- Experience in Child Advocacy and/or Welfare
- Passion for Children in the Foster Care System
- Bi-Lingual in English and Spanish
Physical Requirements and Work Environment
The CASA/GAL Attorney is expected to have daily transportation to attend offsite meetings, educational programming and conferences, recruitment, retention and fundraising events, etc. Occasional out-of-town overnight travel. He/she will spend some time in the office that could involve intermittent physical activities including bending, reaching, sitting and walking during working hours.
Annual Budget for Organization: $3,600,000. Organizations financial resources: foundation and corporate grants, special events, interest income, endowment income and earnings, annual contributions and major gifts.
- Performance Review Policy
- Vacation and Holiday Pay
- Health Insurance Plan
- Retirement Plan (403b) 3% match by CASA
Employee Classification Full time – exempt position.
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy Statement
CASA Kane County provides equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, CASA Kane County will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.
Inquiries and Correspondence
CASA Kane County
100 S. Third Street, #460
Geneva, IL 60134
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