Family Law Specialist

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Legal
Posted on October 11, 2021
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King County Superior Court is accepting applications for Term-Limited Temporary Family Law Specialist positions.  These positions are anticipated to end on December 31, 2022.  These positions are benefits-eligible.

This posting is open until filled.

The responsibilities of this position include interviewing self-represented litigants, reviewing and researching cases and related statutes, drafting documents, and assisting litigants in a variety of ways.  The position supports the Family Court Operations and Ex-Parte Departments.

Who may apply:  These positions are open to all qualified applicants.  Applications may be placed on an eligibility list for future recruitments.

Work location:  Positions may be based in the King County Courthouse in Seattle and at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent.  Incumbents will also be required to work at other Superior Court facilities.

Work schedule:  This is a full-time position working 35 hours per week.  This position is hourly and overtime-eligible.  The work week is normally Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Variations from these hours may occur.

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 on-line 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)  Attach multiple documents/files in the resume attachment section.

Job Duties

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

Interview a high-volume of self-represented litigants to determine what steps are necessary to establish, pursue and complete their case.  Review and research case facts and issues; review files and documents and all other information relevant to the issues.  Provide procedural advice; review pleadings and documents for compliance with applicable law and any previously entered orders.  Perform support calculations as needed.

Review cases for the Guardianship and Probate Review Calendar.  Use discretion to draft court orders in guardianship, probate, trust and minor settlement cases for Ex-Parte Commissioners' review.

Ensure that litigants are in compliance with their case schedules, statutes, and state and local court rules for Status, Non-Compliance, Non-Parental Case Review and Final Decree calendars.  Relay key information to the Court Commissioners to clarify circumstances of litigants' cases.

Perform research of statutes, cases and local rules regarding family law, probate and guardianship matters.  Draft instructions and create and develop alternative methods for presentation of instructions/information.

Facilitate communication between judicial officers, court staff, and the public.  Screen requests for contact with judicial officers, and respond to various questions from attorneys, litigants, other staff and the general public.

Participate in various Superior Court committees; network with various legal programs in the county, state, and nationwide.

Perform other duties of a similar nature and level.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Associate's degree and five years of experience in court procedures and processes, or Bachelor's and two years; or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.

Court-related experience, specifically in the area of Family Law is preferred.  Knowledge of court rules, procedures and processes in all aspects of domestic relations and guardianship/probate law is desirable.  Must have excellent written and oral communication skills, and experience working with diverse populations and dealing with volatile clients.  Must possess knowledge of interviewing techniques, and be able to disseminate complex information to litigants of various educational and social levels.

Must be proficient with various computer software applications including Microsoft Office programs and database management.  Must have knowledge of and ability to learn specialized software applications.

Supplemental Information

Special requirements:  The ability to reliably travel throughout the County is required.  Finalists are subject to the Washington State Patrol criminal background check and a reference check.  Criminal background records are not automatically disqualifying.

Please note:
As of December 6, 2021, King County Superior Court employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Your response to questions regarding your vaccination status will be reviewed as part of Superior Court’s hiring process.

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.

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
  • 10 paid 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.

This application requires a separate cover letter and resume, in addition to completing the "work history" section of the application. Applications without a separate resume and cover letter will be considered incomplete. Have you attached a separate resume and a cover letter?
  • Yes
  • No
Please indicate your highest level of education.
  • Did not graduate from high school or obtain GED
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Some college
  • Associate's Degree
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Master's Degree
How many years of experience do you have working in a court-related field?
  • None
  • Less than one year
  • At least one year, but less than two years
  • At least two years, but less than five years
  • At least five years, but less than ten years
  • Ten or more years
How many years of experience do you have working in the area of Family Law?
  • None
  • Less than one year
  • At least one year, but less than two years
  • At least two years, but less than five years
  • At least five years, but less than ten years
  • Ten or more years
How many years of experience do you have providing customer service to the public in a high-volume, fast-paced environment?
  • None
  • Less than one year
  • At least one year, but less than two years
  • At least two years, but less than five years
  • At least five years, but less than ten years
  • Ten or more years

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