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File #: 21-0980    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Discussion Items Status: Passed
File created: 8/18/2021 In control: Council Work Session
On agenda: 8/31/2021 Final action: 8/31/2021
Title: Indigent Parental Defense Compensation - Exigent Request
Attachments: 1. Staff Report, 2. Lokken Funding Request, 3. SLCo-1, 4. Budget Adjustment 22685 - ILS_YE01 Parental Defense

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Indigent Parental Defense Compensation - Exigent Request



Requested Agenda Item Description: Salt Lake County contracts with Lokken & Associates, to provide court representation in Salt Lake County to indigent parents or guardians who are facing allegations of abuse/neglect or termination of parental rights before the Third District Juvenile Court and the Third District Court. Lokken has 3 attorney vacancies. With only 6 attorneys remaining, Lokken is operating at a 33% deficit in attorney workforce. Lokken needs a minimum of 9 trial attorneys to continue to provide high quality statutorily mandated services to our Salt Lake County community. Turnover rate is 180% since 2018.

Current employee salaries are well below minimum starting salaries for AG, GAL, DA or LDA: Attorney General and Guardian ad Litem starting salaries range from $70,000 to $80,000, and the Salt Lake County District Attorney and Salt Lake Legal Defenders Association ranges from $70,000 to $72,000.  An attorney salary at Lokken & Associates is approximately $50,000. Lack of competitive starting or ongoing salary halts the hiring process or forces the hiring of less than ideal candidates.


Requested Action: Discussion - Vote Needed


Presenter(s) (with titles): Karen Crompton, Director of Human Services; Lisa Lokken, President & Owner of Lokken & Associates, PC 


Time Needed: 20 MINS


Is this Item Time-Sensitive and/or Requesting a Time-Certain? No


Requesting Staff Member: Ina Landry, Human Services Department Assistant


Are Supporting Documents Needed for this Agenda Item Request? Yes


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