Family Law Facilitator / Self-Help Center Attorney
Company: Kings County Superior Court
Posted on: September 4, 2020
Family Law Facilitator / Self-Help Center Attorney
Salary is commensurate with experience & is negotiable
The Superior Court of California, County of Kings, has one
full-time position (4-- to 5 days a week) for a Staff Attorney for
the Family Law Facilitator / Self-Help Center program; this
position is located at the Hanford Courthouse and is an independent
This is a Family Law Facilitator / Self Help Center Attorney
position under the general direction of the Presiding Judge or
Court Executive Officer. This professional level position is
responsible for the oversight and day-to-day operation of programs
providing legal services to litigants not represented by counsel.
The incumbent is responsible for all the work undertaken by the
Family Law Facilitator's Office and the Self Help Center.
The Family Law Facilitator provides services mandated by Family
Code 102. As the Family Law Facilitator, the incumbent facilitates
and expedites family law proceedings related to child support,
spousal support, paternity establishment and disestablishment, and
health care insurance and expenses.
As the Staff Attorney for the Self-Help Center, the incumbent
facilitates and expedites proceedings related to dissolution, legal
separation, nullity, parentage, child custody and visitation,
property division, step-parent adoption, domestic violence
restraining orders, probate guardianships, and answers to limited
civil actions, unlawful detainers, small claims, and
conservatorships. The incumbent also recommends, develops,
implements and coordinates all aspects of the Court's public access
and outreach efforts.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED
The Family Law Facilitator / Self-Help Center Attorney is appointed
by and reports to the Presiding Judge or designated judge and is
only supervised by the Court Executive Officer for any
administrative or non-judicial matters. Incumbent's immediate
supervision may be provided by the Manager of the Civil Division as
directed by the Court Executive Officer. The Family Law Facilitator
may direct and supervise subordinate staff. This classification may
help recruit, train and oversee staff and volunteers assigned to
the Family Law Facilitator's Office and Self-Help Center. If
funding is not provided or reduced, the Court Executive Officer
reserves the right to reduce the salary or eliminate the position
due to budgetary reasons.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES include, but are not necessarily limited
- Develop, plan, implement and administer a Family Law
Facilitator Program pursuant to Family Code Section 10000 et
- Responsible for the overall development, planning,
implementation and administration of programs designed to provide
support services to self-represented litigants in various areas of
family law (including guardianship and step-parent adoption) and
(to a lesser extent) in limited civil actions.
- Meet with Court officials, community-based legal service
organizations, and others to assess the need for and identify
services that will assist the Court in resolving all manner of
family law disputes and improve Court access for financially
- Develop and provide direct services to clients referred by the
Court or seeking assistance, including:
- Meet with litigants to mediate issues of child support, spousal
support, and maintenance of health insurance;
- Prepare support schedules based on statutory child support
guidelines and local rules governing the establishment of temporary
- Draft stipulations and orders addressing issues agreed to by
the self-represented litigants, including marital status
termination, paternity establishment, child support, spousal
support, property division, and establishment of guardianship;
- Pre-hearing calendar file review; preparation of support
schedules prior to and/or at hearings; and, preparation of
recommendations to the court regarding whether matters are ready
- Prepare formal orders and judgments consistent with the Court's
announced order in cases where both parties are unrepresented;
- Develop, plan, implement and administer self-help grant
- Assist the Court with research, providing information and
direction to litigants, and assisting the Court in being responsive
to the litigants' needs so that litigants are assured of obtaining
meaningful access to Family Court.
- Develop programs for the Bar Association and community
- Develop, train, and oversee staff and volunteers as
- Assists the Family Law Department as directed.
- Maintain records and prepare monthly and quarterly narrative
and statistical reports to the Court Executive Officer and to the
Judicial Council of California, that shall include budget reports,
a summary of project activity during the period covered, the number
of clients served, the types of services rendered, and any other
information required by the Court or the Judicial Council of
- Seek funding for and assist in the development of innovative
programs and community outreach that will assist self-represented
and financially disadvantaged litigants in gaining meaningful
access to the Court. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
- Local, State, and Federal laws, rules, and procedures.
- Family law procedure, child support establishment and
enforcement process, child support law, and operation of Uniform
State Child Support Guidelines.
- Basic understanding of legal and psychological issues related
to domestic violence.
- Principles and practices of organizations, administration, and
management of office personnel.
- Rules of evidence and conduct of proceedings in trial and
appellate courts of California and the United States and before
- Principles of family law.
- Principles, methods, materials, and practices of legal
- Process and procedures of various areas of the Court, including
procedures, forms, and documents used in court cases.
- Family Law software programs and data base information
- Project planning and management principles.
- Principles, methods, and processes involved in obtaining and
managing grants and contracts. Skills and Abilities to:
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with the
judicial officers, court staff, public and private agencies.
- Work independently.
- Present statements of fact and law.
- Plan and manage the work of support staff
- Work effectively, patiently, and directly with a diverse
population including those who are unable to read, have emotional
and cognitive limitations, those under duress due to legal,
financial and personal problems, those with learning and/or
physical disabilities or limitations, those who speak languages
other than English, and those clients who are confused, angry,
hostile, or frustrated with the legal system.
- Write clear and concise directions regarding filing and service
requirements; Communicate effectively with litigants, staff,
judges, attorneys, and other service providers.
- Perform other related duties as assigned.
- Proficiency in family law support software programs and in
family law forms.
- Bilingual skills in conversational Spanish are highly desired.
Education: Requires achievement of Juris Doctorate Degree and
active membership in the
California State Bar
Experience: Minimum of 5 years of post-Bar membership practice of
law, including family law
litigation and/or mediation experience
Substitution: Additional experience, skill, or background
appropriate to the community may be
substituted to fulfill the experience requirement as determined by
the Presiding Judge
or Court Executive Officer
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS & WORK ENVIRONMENT
The physical requirements described here are representative of
those that must be met by an individual to successfully perform the
essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be
made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the
essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the
individual is frequently required to use dexterity and coordination
utilizing hands to finger, handle or feel objects, use a computer
keyboard, view a computer monitor, handle files, single pieces of
paper, stacks of papers, and reference and other materials; reach
with hands and arms; and stoop and kneel. Hearing and speaking are
needed to listen effectively and to talk with individuals in person
and by phone. Specific vision abilities required by this job
include close vision, distance vision; color vision, peripheral
vision, depth perception, and the ability of adjust focus.
The individual is frequently required to sit, stand, and move from
place to place within the office. The employee is occasionally
required to lift and/or move objects weighing up to twenty-five
(25) pounds and reach for items above and below desk level. Lifting
of objects weighing in excess of twenty-five (25) pounds will
require team lifting. The noise and traffic level in the work
environment are similar to a busy business office.
Normal business hours of the Court: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday
through Friday. The Self-Help Center / Family Law Facilitator
office is open from 8:00 A.M. to 3:45 P.M. weekly..... click apply
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Keywords: Kings County Superior Court, Hanford , Family Law Facilitator / Self-Help Center Attorney, Legal , Hanford, California
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