Center for Children’s Law & Policy – staff attorney opening

January 7, 2013

The Center for Children’s Law and Policy (CCLP) seeks a creative problem-solver, strong advocate, and experienced lawyer to join its office as a Staff Attorney.  CCLP is a nonprofit public interest law and policy organization in Washington, DC that works on reform of juvenile justice and other systems that affect troubled and at-risk children, and protection of the rights of children in those systems.  Our work covers a range of activities including research, writing, training, technical assistance, public education, media advocacy, administrative and legislative advocacy, and litigation.  CCLP staff work on three main areas of juvenile justice reform:  (1) reducing unnecessary and inappropriate incarceration of young people in trouble with the law; (2) for youth who are incarcerated, ensuring that they are held under safe and humane conditions; and (3) reducing racial and ethnic disparities affecting youth in the juvenile justice system.  Our website,, contains staff biographies and more information on our current projects.  The new Staff Attorney will work in these areas and will provide technical assistance to jurisdictions working to achieve these goals.


  • Minimum of three years experience working in juvenile justice, child welfare, or a closely-related field (e.g., civil rights);
  • Involvement with national, state and/or local juvenile justice reform efforts;
  • Excellent legal, analytical, verbal communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills;
  • Exceptional writing skills;
  • Ability to work with diverse groups of people;
  • Capacity to manage multiple tasks simultaneously, take initiative on identified goals, and meet deadlines;
  • Willingness to be flexible and adapt to varied environments;
  • Ability to travel regularly – 25% to 50% in some months — to states across the country.

Spanish language skills are a plus.   CCLP is an equal opportunity employer. Salary is dependent upon experience.  CCLP offers an excellent benefits package.  This position is currently open and will remain open until it is filled. 

Application Instructions

Please submit a cover letter describing your experience and interest in the position along with a resume, two writing samples, and three references using the contact information below. We prefer email submissions, but will also accept applications in hard copy.  Please, no phone calls. or Search Committee, Center for Children’s Law and Policy, 1701 K Street, NW, Suite 1100

Washington, DC 20006


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