Policy Attorney


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 be the voice 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 8 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.


Position Responsibilities

The Policy Attorney will work on CLC’s policy initiatives, which will focus in the next few years on child welfare, children’s mental health and special education.   CLC’s policy work is outcome-oriented and involves legislative, budget, and administrative advocacy.   

The Policy Attorney will work closely with the policy attorneys on the team and work with staff in our core, direct services programs in order to implement strategies for improving the laws, policies and programs which affect our client community.  The Policy Attorney duties will include: drafting letters, memoranda, proposed legislation and other policy and legal documents; attending meetings and participating in collaborative projects with agencies, child advocacy and legal service groups;  lobbying the City Council, Mayor’s Office and agencies on policy initiatives; and identifying, researching and recommending strategy choices and positions for CLC.    


Requirements and Qualifications

The position requires a demonstrated commitment to ensuring that at-risk children have safe homes, a meaningful education and a healthy mind and body.  Experience working with youth, low income families or on special education issues is preferred.  An ideal candidate will have systemic advocacy experience; outstanding verbal and written communication skills; excellent research and analytical skills; demonstrated capacity to work independently; and demonstrated capacity to work collaboratively.  Three (3) to five (5) years relevant experience is required.  A J.D. is required.



$50,000-$53,000 depending on years of experience.

Application Instructions: 

No telephone calls please. Send resume, cover letter, three references and two-page writing sample to:  

Policy Attorney Search Committee

Children’s Law Center

501 3rd Street NW, 8th Floor

Washington, DC 20001

(202) 467-4949 (fax)



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.