Children’s Law Center ("CLC") invites applications for a full-time staff attorney to work with the Guardian Ad Litem Education Project to begin immediately.
Children’s Law Center fights so every District child can grow up with a loving family, good health and a quality education. Judges, pediatricians and families turn to us to advocate for children who are abused or neglected, who aren’t learning in school, or who have health problems that can’t be solved by medicine alone. With 100 staff and hundreds of pro bono lawyers, we reach 1 out of every 9 children in DC’s poorest neighborhoods – more than 5,000 children and families each year. And, we multiply this impact by advocating for city-wide solutions that benefit all children. Learn more at childrenslawcenter.org.
Lawyers in our Guardian ad Litem Education Project play an integral role in helping GALs secure educational supports for children who are the subject of abuse and neglect cases in DC’s Family Court. Lawyers in the GAL Education Project primarily serve as consulting attorneys within CLC’s GAL program, providing brief advice and collaborating to support GALs with education-centric issues arising in their cases, including special education, school stability, discipline, and other legal issues specific to youth in foster care. In limited circumstances, the GAL Education Staff Attorney may also provide direct representation to adult educational decision-makers on behalf of children involved in abuse and neglect cases in DC’s Family Court. GAL Education Project Staff Attorneys must possess a dedication to promoting the educational outcomes of youth in foster care, and strong organizational, analytical, and leadership skills.
GAL Education Staff Attorneys work closely with CLC Guardian ad litems, CLC social workers, and investigators, as well as other Family Court attorneys and school system actors to advocate – formally and informally – to advance the best interests of clients with regard to their education. GAL Education Attorneys also develop resources and conduct trainings for GALs, Children’s Law Center staff, and external stakeholders on salient education topics.
CLC is committed to providing high quality representation. To achieve this goal, new attorneys participate in an intensive training course and receive close supervision during their first year of practice. In addition, CLC maintains reasonable caseloads and provides ongoing training opportunities for all attorneys.
Requirements and Qualifications
¨ DC Bar membership or eligibility to waive into the DC Bar required
¨ Maryland Bar membership is a plus
¨ Experience with special education law required
¨ Commitment to working with low-income clients
¨ Cultural humility
¨ Ability to spot issues
¨ Ability to problem solve and think creatively
¨ Strong independent judgement and decision-making
¨ Excellent interpersonal skills (teaming, building rapport, gathering information)
¨ Ability to multi-task
¨ Good time management and work/life balance
¨ Self-reflective, open to feedback and supervision
¨ Spanish-speaking proficiency preferred
¨ Valid Driver’s license required
Children’s Law Center has a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and cultural humility. Our aim is to maintain an inclusive, respectful and equitable workplace and ensure all employees are culturally competent in order to most effectively achieve our mission and secure the best possible outcomes for our clients.
Children’s Law Center is an equal opportunity employer. We provide equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibility, matriculation, political affiliation, physical or mental disability, medication, status as a veteran, tobacco use, or other classification protected by law.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and the position is open until filled. No telephone calls please. Send resume, cover letter, three references and two-page writing sample via email to:
Guardian ad Litem Education Attorney Search Committee
Children’s Law Center
501 3rd Street NW, 8th Floor
Washington, DC 20001