Volunteer Opportunity: Brief Service Special Counsel


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 90 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.

Healthy Together is Children’s Law Center’s medical-legal partnership. Through Healthy Together, Children’s Law Center places lawyers on-site at community health clinics affiliated with Children’s National Health System, Mary’s Center and Unity Health Care. Our lawyers work side-by-side with pediatricians to help families find legal remedies for the issues underlying their children’s serious health problems.  The primary legal issues we handle are related to special education, health care access, housing conditions and public benefits.

Position Description

The Brief Service Special Counsel is the first point of contact for many of the families seeking legal assistance from Healthy Together.  The Special Counsel’s primary responsibility is to conduct intakes.  The Brief Service Special Counsel will also provide advice, counsel, brief service, and referral information to parents and caregivers in need of legal assistance in the areas of education/special education, health care access, housing conditions, public benefits, and other poverty law areas.  The Brief Service Special Counsel will also be responsible for recommending which clients should receive full representation from Children’s Law Center’s in-house staff attorneys or through referral to a pro bono lawyer.  The Brief Service Special Counsel works from Children’s Law Center’s main office in partnership with a team of lawyers and investigators.   

Requirements and Qualifications

  • Willingness to volunteer 15-25 hours per week
  • DC Bar membership or eligibility to waive into the DC Bar
  • Previous experience working with low-income families or experience in handling education/special education, housing, public benefits, or health care access cases preferred
  • Capacity to learn how to use an electronic case management system
  • Excellent interpersonal and legal skills
  • Persistence

Position is open until filled

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.

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 humble in order to most effectively achieve our mission and secure the best possible outcomes for our clients.

Application Instructions: 

Position is open until filled.

No telephone calls please. Send resume, cover letter, three references, and writing sample via mail, fax, or email to:

Brief Service Special Counsel Volunteer Search Committee

Children’s Law Center

501 3rd Street, NW · 8th Floor

Washington, DC 20001

202.467.4949 (fax)