Guardian ad Litem Staff Attorney

Children’s Law Center (CLC) invites applications for full-time staff attorneys to work with the Guardian ad Litem program to begin Fall 2020.  Start dates are subject to change.  Staff Attorney salary is $50,000 + $1,000 per each year of post JD legal experience up to 3 years + comprehensive benefits package.
Children’s Law Center fights so every child in DC 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 nearly 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.
Lawyers in our Guardian ad Litem program represent children who are the subject of abuse and neglect cases in DC’s Family Court.  CLC attorneys provide child-centered advocacy to ensure their clients achieve permanency, maintain family connections, and receive the services they need to overcome the trauma that first brought them into the child welfare system. 
CLC is committed to providing high quality representation. To achieve this goal, new attorneys participate in an intensive training course before representing clients and receive close supervision during their first year of practice. In addition, CLC maintains reasonable caseloads and provides ongoing training opportunities for all attorneys. 
Staff attorneys work closely with CLC social workers, investigators and special education attorneys to advocate, formally and informally, to advance the best interests of clients with regard to their safety, permanency, physical and mental health and education.   
Requirements and Qualifications
  • Bar admission in any jurisdiction required by start date or sat for July 2020 bar exam
  • Eligibility to waive into DC Bar required
  • DC Bar membership required within 360 days of start date
  • Valid Driver’s license
  • Spanish a plus
  • Commitment to working with low-income clients
  • Cultural humility
  • Persistence
  • Ability to spot issues
  • Ability to problem solve and think creatively
  • Strong independent judgement and decision-making
  • Excellent interpersonal skills (building rapport, gathering information, teaming)
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Good time management and work/life balance
  • Self-reflective, open to feedback and supervision
Application Instructions: 

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. No telephone calls please. Send resume, cover letter, three references and writing sample (see instructions below) via email to:  

Guardian ad Litem Staff Attorney Search Committee

Children’s Law Center

501 3rd Street NW

Suite 800

Washington, DC 20001


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.