Attorney, Unified Family Court

King County   Pioneer Square, WA   Full-time     Legal
Posted on May 25, 2023
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$92,474.20 - $117,535.60 Annually


Seattle, WA

Job Type

Regular, Full time, 35 hrs/week

Job Number



KCSC - Superior Court


Family Court Ops

Opening Date


Closing Date

6/7/2023 11:59 PM Pacific



Bargaining Unit

Z5 : Superior Ct Guidelines


King County Superior Court is accepting applications for a full-time Attorney in Unified Family Court. This position is eligible for benefits.

This position is responsible for providing pro se parties with assistance and direction throughout the court process. The incumbent is responsible for appraising, improving, developing, and implementing the mechanisms used to move clients through domestic cases and make recommendations on improving program access and process. The incumbent is responsible for conducting mandatory training for pro se parties; conducting judicial officer training; attending status conferences and pretrial calendars to identify cases in need of assistance; conducting mediation/settlement conferences and drafting pleadings to facilitate resolution of cases.

Who may apply: This position is open to all qualified applicants.

Work location: This position is located at the Patricia Clark Children and Family Justice Center in Seattle, Washington. The incumbent may be required to work at other court facilities.

Work schedule and terms: This full-time position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and is not eligible for overtime. The work week is normally Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Variations from these hours may occur, including early mornings, evenings, and weekends as needed.

The work associated with this position will be performed through a hybrid work schedule of onsite and remote work. Employees must reside in Washington State and within a reasonable distance of their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team that is redefining how we work as we transition to the department's hybrid environment.

Additional materials required: Please include a resume and cover letter describing how you meet or exceed the requirements for this position. These materials are supplemental to your application. You must still completely fill out the online application with your relevant education and work experience. Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you include relevant information only on the resume or cover letter, or if you reference "see resume" on your application.

Please note that you can attach multiple documents to your application. Your options are:
1) Copy and paste one or more documents into the text resume section of the application.
2) Attached multiple documents/files in the attachment section.

Job Duties

The following duties are not intended to represent the entire functional capacity of the position at the task level.

Establish guidelines for processing pro se cases in Family Law. Review, streamline and simplify processes used to better serve the public with particular emphasis on clients with low to moderate income. Evaluate and create uniform standards, forms, and templates.

Work with judicial officers, members of the family law bar section, and others to establish guidelines, templates, checklists, and other resources to increase standardization and efficiencies in creating court documents such as parenting plans, child support orders, findings, conclusions, and decrees in family law and guardianship actions. Make recommendations and implement final processes.

Assess and recommend processes to best facilitate a resolution to pro se litigants, focusing on resolution early in the process.

Ensure ongoing development and presentation of the Family Law Orientation, a mandatory seminar for pro se parties in Title 26.09 actions.

Draft pleadings and write agreements independently or at the direction of judicial officers. Review legal documents for the content. Complete legal research, synthesize legal issues and information and report to judicial officers.

Create, review, and update training materials on family law and Unified Family Court procedures and programs.

Provide legal research and tutorials to judicial officers.

Train and supervise volunteer attorneys.

Provide assistance to one or both parties in dispute, including conducting mediation/settlement conferences as necessary.

Prepare pro se parties for representing themselves at hearings and trials.

Provide training to program staff on issues of family law.

Participate in various projects and court committees.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Three to five years' experience as a practicing attorney and active membership in good standing in the Washington State Bar Association. Three to five years of relevant experience in family law or dependency preferred, specifically experience in the areas of domestic violence, substance abuse, child abuse/neglect, and mental health issues. Mediation and/or negotiation skills and/or experience training adult learners is also highly desired.

Supplemental Information

Special requirements: The ability to reliably travel throughout the county is required. Finalists must successfully pass a criminal background investigation and reference check. Criminal background records are not automatically disqualifying.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement:
King County Superior Court employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are a successful candidate for the position you applied for, the Court will send you a conditional offer letter.

As a condition of employment, prior to a final offer of employment, you will be required to:
  • submit proof of vaccination, or
  • have an approved request for medical or religious exemption and an approved accommodation. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.
People are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of vaccination by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Selection process: Application materials will be screened for qualifications and the most competitive candidates will be invited for interviews.

Union membership: This position is not represented by a union.

King County Superior Court is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer
No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay, or other forms of compensation.

If you have questions regarding this position, please call King County Superior Court Human Resources at 206-477-1536.

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being. Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:
  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 12paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page .

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy. If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails. Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.

NOTE: Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position.Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.

For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.