Employment and Internship Opportunities2018-08-21T08:16:29+00:00

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Respondent Parent Counsel

Office of Respondent Parents’ Counsel 2018 Application Period

Be part of the next social justice movement!  Family defense attorneys, commonly known as Respondent Parent Counsel or RPC, under the Office of Respondent Parents’ Counsel represent indigent parents in court proceedings brought against them by the county child protection services agency.  RPCs work on behalf of adults threatened by state intervention with the temporary and/or permanent loss of the custody and rights to their children.  RPCs are dedicated to protecting the fundamental right to parent by advocating for parents’ due process rights, access to appropriate services, and constitutional right to parent their children.

The Office of Respondent Parents’ Counsel (ORPC), a Colorado state agency, is accepting applications from attorneys across the state of Colorado to represent indigent parents in dependency and neglect proceedings. The ORPC’s mission is to protect the fundamental right to parent by providing effective legal advocates for indigent parents in child welfare proceedings. This right is protected when a parent has a dedicated advocate, knowledgeable about child welfare laws and willing to hold the state to its burden.   The ORPC offers comprehensive training and litigation support; mentoring; access to Westlaw, paralegals, investigators and experts; a motions bank, and a listserv.  Start your own law firm and let the ORPC support your practice!   The ORPC pays RPCs $75 per hour on an independent contractor basis.

The application requires the online submission of a resume, writing sample consisting of a substantive motion written in the last three years, references, disciplinary history, and essay questions.


Getting Started on Your Application

Use this link to apply, renew or verify your contract.  The application deadline is March 31, 2018 at 5pm. 

You must have a Colorado Attorney Registration Number to apply.

Required Attachments to Prepare in Advance

You will be required to upload electronic documents to the online application form.  Required documents for new applicants are listed below.  The ORPC recommends that you upload all documents in PDF format.  You will be required to upload your documents when prompted on the online form—you may not e-mail or mail documents separately.

All new applicants must be prepared to provide:

  • A resume describing your legal experience and any related child welfare experience;
  • A list of two professional references. Please notify your references that the ORPC may be contacting them;
  • A redacted writing sample such as one substantive motion, preferably from a dependency case;
  • A brief or petition if interested in appellate representation.


For any questions regarding completing the online application or the application process, please contact Mario Gjurekovec, the ORPC IT and Administrative Specialist, at mgjurekovec@coloradoorpc.org.

For any other questions regarding RPC practice or working as an independent contractor through the ORPC, please contact Ashlee Arcilla, the ORPC Deputy Director, at aarcilla@coloradoorpc.org.



Job Location: Denver, Colorado

Salary Range: $6,529 – $8,823 per month

Release Date:  August 20, 2018

Apply By: August 31, 2018, 5:00pm

Employment Type: Full Time


The Office of Respondent Parents’ Counsel (ORPC) provides legal representation for indigent parents in child welfare cases in Colorado.

Respondent Parents’ Counsel (RPC) play a critical role in achieving the best outcomes for children in child welfare cases by protecting the legal and due process rights of parents, presenting balanced information to courts, and promoting the preservation of family relationships. To learn more, visit https://www.coloradoorpc.org/.


The Office of Respondent Parents’ Counsel invites qualified applicants to apply for the position of Staff Attorney – Training Director.  The staff attorney:

  • Assists in the development of minimum practice standards and core competency areas for contract RPC attorneys in dependency cases.
  • Serves as lead attorney coordinating, managing, and executing all ORPC trainings including development of:
    • A core competency training curriculum for new RPC lawyers focused on knowledge of state and federal regulations, social science research, trial skills, negotiation skills, and evidence-based representation.
    • A comprehensive, state-wide, client-directed training program for experienced RPC attorneys
    • The Annual ORPC Conference.
    • Smaller half or single-day trainings and webinars around the state.
  • Utilizes adult learning theory techniques to develop and execute all training content.
  • Develops and implements an effective training evaluation and surveys attorneys regarding training needs.
  • Manages and oversees the ORPC annual training budget, including researching and applying for outside grant funding.
  • Manages all administrative components of ORPC trainings including purchasing supplies, making travel arrangements, scheduling meetings, developing training registration forms, and maintaining ORPC training resources and materials in an accessible format.
  • Collaborates with the Case Strategy Director and Appellate Director to train lawyers statewide on litigation and advocacy strategy.
  • Attends committee meetings and collaborates with other child welfare stakeholders on matters impacting the ORPC’s broader policy goals.
  • Uses his or her judgment and analytical problem-solving and communications skills to identify potential solutions to legal and other problems.
  • Helps the ORPC conduct an annual attorney application review and evaluation of ORPC contractors.
  • Supports the other ORPC staff with projects and tasks.
  • Occasional travel across the state of Colorado and some out of state travel may be required.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Preference will be given to applicants with both private practice and government agency experience. The following are additional important qualifications: passion for dependency law, significant respondent parents’ representation training and knowledge, experience coordinating and executing training and adult educational programs, knowledge of adult learning theory principles, and experience developing course curriculums.  This position reports directly to the ORPC Deputy Director.


This job requires that the applicant be an attorney who is licensed to practice law in Colorado or who can be licensed within six months. Must have experience in family defense, child welfare law, or a related defense field.  Preference will be given to applicants who have a working knowledge of the Colorado Children’s Code and Juvenile Rules of Procedure.  Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each of the above essential functions satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, ability, physical, and environmental conditions required of the employee on the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to sit and reach with hands and arms and perform repetitive motions with wrists, hands, and fingers. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment:

This position is subject to many interruptions and may require handling multiple calls, inquiries, and job priorities at once. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


NOTICE! Each person employed must present identity and employment eligibility verification.

NOTICE! Employees hired after March 1, 1988, must be on the payroll direct deposit program.

NOTICE! Disabled applicants: If you have a mental or physical impairment which limits one of your major life activities (e.g. walking, hearing, seeing, speaking, breathing, or learning) and require special accommodations for testing or interviewing, it is your responsibility to notify the office scheduling the interview or test at least 3 working days before the interview or test date. If you need special accommodations at the work site, you must notify the hiring authority.

NOTICE! All prospective employees of the Colorado Judicial Branch are subject to background investigation prior to hiring.


Direct application materials to Melissa Thompson, ORPC Executive Director.  Submit a cover letter detailing qualifications and experience for this position, a resume, and a list of three professional references by 5 p.m. on August 31, 2018 by filling out the application at the following link:


You may submit the required information through the online application only. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Please note application materials will not be returned. Successful applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview.  This position is eligible for benefits, including participation in retirement, health, dental, life/AD&D, and short-term disability plans and paid leave.

Faxed or mailed applications will NOT Be Accepted.  Be sure to follow the directions to apply.


The ORPC also accepts applications from law student interns, and social work interns.  If you are interested in a law internship, please email Carrie Ann Lucas at clucas@coloradoorpc.org.  If you are interested in a social work internship, please email Amy Kelso at akelso@coloradoorpc.org.