Children’s Law Center (DC) – Staff Attorney Position

June 27, 2014

Children’s Law Center (CLC) (Washington, DC) invites applications for a full-time Brief Service Staff Attorney to work with CLC’s Healthy Together to begin immediately.

CLC’s Healthy Together is a medical-legal partnership for DC’s children.  CLC partners with Children’s National Health System and Mary’s Center to help vulnerable children and their families overcome barriers to good health by holding agencies, landlords, and schools accountable for inappropriate school programs, the failure to provide medically necessary services, and illegal, unhealthy housing conditions. 

Position Description/Duties

The Brief Service Staff Attorney is the first point of contact for many of the families seeking legal assistance from CLC’s medical legal partnership, Healthy Together.  The primary responsibility of this attorney is to conduct intakes with potential clients.  The Brief Service Staff Attorney will 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 as needed.  The Brief Service Staff Attorney will also be responsible for recommending cases for extended representation.  The Brief Service Staff Attorney will work out of CLC’s main office, though may also be needed to work in one of our medical or community settings, as well.    

Requirements and Qualifications

  • Experience in legal services or other community lawyering
  • Commitment to working with low-income clients
  • Experience in handling education/special education, housing, public benefits, or health care access cases preferred
  • Intellectual aptitude and curiosity
  • Excellent analytical ability
  • Strong writing ability
  • Persistence/diligence
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Spanish-speaking proficiency required
  • DC Bar membership or eligibility to waive into the DC Bar required
  • Car, driver’s license and auto insurance required

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.

Applications should include a cover letter, current resume, legal writing sample and list of three references. Applications reviewed on a rolling basis.  Position is open until filled.   

No phone calls.   Applications should be submitted to:

Healthy Together Staff Attorney Selection Committee
Children’s Law Center
616 H Street NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC  20001
jobs@childrenslawcenter.org
(fax) (202) 467-4949 

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