INCLUSIVITY SOCIAL WORK FELLOW

US Government, Office of the Alternate Defense Counsel

INCLUSIVITY SOCIAL WORK FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY

Do you identify as a member of the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) community? Are you interested in establishing a private practice focused on criminal defense social work after completing an employee-based fellowship? If you are passionate about advocating for individuals accused of crimes as a member of their criminal defense team, we have an amazing opportunity for you!

This fellowship presents an opportunity to make a meaningful difference for those committed to criminal defense social work while receiving valuable support from current OADC Social Workers to guide and train you on your journey to start and maintain your own private practice.

This two-year funded fellowship provides the ideal opportunity to lay the groundwork for launching your business as an independent contractor upon completion of the fellowship. With the innovative structure of this fellowship and the backing of the OADC team, you’ll receive support in establishing your forensic social work practice.

About Us: 

The Office of the Alternate Defense Counsel (OADC) is the legislatively created state agency responsible for providing client services and legal representation for indigent individuals  adults and youth) when the state has charged them with a criminal or delinquent act and the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender has a conflict of interest. The OADC accomplishes this by contracting with over 400 private attorneys and another 500 legal service providers (forensic social workers/clinical advocates, paralegals, investigators, legal researchers, case assistants, legal interns, etc.) to provide client services on an hourly basis. Our fundamental belief is that good holistic legal defense teams produce good results for our clients.

Mission Statement: 
The mission of the Office of the Alternate Defense Counsel (OADC), through the practice of holistic public defense, is to help adults and children who the government has charged with criminal and delinquent offenses. The OADC’s holistic practice model fosters ethical, informed, and standard-driven best practices in public defense. The OADC allocates resources in a manner intentionally designed to rebalance the disparate power wielded by the government in the criminal legal system. OADC advocates for every client’s inherent worth and dignity by centering the client’s lived experiences and voice to achieve the best legal outcome.

The OADC is dedicated to zealous, client-centered advocacy rooted in social justice, integrity, and humility. We recognize that we are working within a broken and racist criminal legal system. Public defense advocates play an essential role in challenging bias and disparity within the courtroom, within our offices, and within ourselves. Statistical data and experiences support that there is a disparate presence of violent policing, over-charging, and harsher sentencing outcomes for Colorado’s people of color and other vulnerable populations. The OADC is unwavering in its support of decarceration, the decriminalization of youth, and equity within the criminal legal system.

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