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 employees 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.
Children’s Law Center’s unique Investigator Fellowship program aims to employ high-talent individuals by providing them with a range of experiences in a legal, non-profit setting. The two-year program consists of on-the-job experience and training. The program is appropriate for someone considering a legal, counseling, or social work career.
The investigator fellowship is for a set term of two years. After the completion of a two-year term, select fellows may be invited to extend their fellowship.
The investigator fellow will work with lawyers who represent children and teens involved in the child welfare system over the course of two years. The position involves assisting lawyers with all aspects of their representation, including locating and gathering records, serving subpoenas, interviewing witnesses, visiting schools, and locating appropriate social services for children. The investigator may prepare written reports and testify in court.
Requirements and Qualifications
The position requires considerable resourcefulness, creativity, initiative and tenacity, as well as tact and discretion. An ideal candidate will have strong communication and organizational skills, and an ability to gather information from a wide variety of persons and settings. Also, an ideal candidate should have the ability to prioritize and complete many tasks simultaneously and be culturally competent. Driver’s license required. Two-year commitment required. Previous experience working with low-income persons and children and/or teens is a plus. College degree and fluency in Spanish preferred.
Position is available to start in December 2019. Start dates are subject to change. This is a two-year fellowship with an option for extension.