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Job Details

Child Protective Services Counsel II/III

Company name
San Joaquin County

2 yrs required

Stockton, CA, United States

Employment Type


Posted on
Sep 27,2019

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Approximate Salary    $9,325.33 - $11,332.53/month
Opening Date    9/18/2019 08:00:00 AM
Closing Date    10/12/2019 11:59:00 PM
Employment Type    Full-Time
Analyst    Jennifer Goodman


County Counsel is currently recruiting to fill a legal counsel position that is housed in the Human Services Agency.  This position is primarily responsible for providing legal services to the department in matters of adoption, child custody and placement and related civil issues where the chief goal is the protection of children who become clients of Child Protective Services staff.

This civil service position is exempt from FLSA and is not represented by a union.  Appointment will be conditional upon passing a pre-employment drug screen and Live Scan fingerprint.

NOTE: All correspondences relating to this recruitment will be delivered via e-mail. The e-mail account used will be the one provided on your employment application during time of submittal. Please be sure to check your e-mail often for updates. If you do not have an e-mail account on file, Human Resources will send you correspondences via US Mail.


Renders legal advice to Human Services social workers and other staff regarding a variety of civil matters where the custody and protection of children becomes a legal issue; trains social service staff in the proper preparation of cases for court.

Researches and analyzes existing laws and regulations, court decisions, pending legislation and a variety of other legal material related to wardship, dependency, adoption, placement and related issues.

Prepares and reviews briefs, memoranda, opinions and pleadings in a variety of civil matters involving children.

Represents Human Services Agency in court and before administrative bodies; examines and cross-examines witnesses; presents oral arguments.

Attends public agency meetings as legal representative; explains legal requirements and restrictions to agency members.

Coordinates with the District Attorney's Office on cases involving children to ensure cases are handled appropriately and that civil matters are not handled as criminal matters; may negotiate dropping of potential criminal charges against a child where the severity of the charge and the welfare of the child permit.

May supervise clerical staff or lead other attorneys.



Membership in the California State Bar.

Experience:  Two years in practicing civil law, with emphasis on child protective issues.


Legal principles and their applications; legal research methods, court procedures; rules of evidence and procedures; administrative law and the conduct of proceedings before administrative bodies; and laws applicable to child protective services cases.


Analyze legal principles and precedents and apply them to legal and administrative problems; present statements of fact, law and argument clearly and logically in written and oral form; draft opinions, pleadings, rulings, regulations and legislation; and present cases in court and before administrative agencies.


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By mail or in person:

44 N. San Joaquin Street Suite 330

Stockton, CA 95202                             

Office hours:               
Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm; excluding holidays.

Phone:  (209) 468-3370

Company info

San Joaquin County

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