Children’s Law Center (“CLC”) invites applications for a full-time Supervising Attorney to work with the Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) Education Project to begin immediately. Salary is $66,000 + comprehensive benefits package.
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 100 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.
The position of Education Supervising Attorney requires a combination of strong supervision skills and experience, organizational skills and legal advocacy skills and knowledge. The Education Supervising Attorney plays a lead role in shaping CLC’s education practice and litigation, gathering information about trends in our education case work, and in assisting the GAL Project Director in formulating and driving the education project’s vision.
Lawyers in our Education Project play an integral role in helping GALs secure educational supports for children who are the subject of abuse and neglect cases in DC’s Family Court. Lawyers in the Education Project primarily serve as consulting attorneys within CLC’s GAL program, providing brief advice and collaboration to support GALs with education-centric issues arising in their cases, including special education, school stability, discipline, and other legal issues specific to youth in foster care. In limited circumstances, the GAL Education Staff Attorneys may also provide direct representation to adult educational decision-makers on behalf of children involved family court cases.
The Education Supervising Attorney’s primary responsibilities are to ensure that the education team provides high quality representation, develop staff attorneys to be effective advocates and leaders, and continue to develop more effective models for education representation.
The Education Supervising Attorney will act as the primary supervisor for 2-3 education staff attorneys and is responsible for ensuring that their supervisees provide high quality representation to their clients and that those supervisees develop their legal abilities. Supervision tasks include being regularly available to supervisees, reviewing written work, actively participating in meeting preparation, and offering consistent feedback on performance. The Education Supervising Attorney will play a critical role in monitoring education staff attorney compliance with project-wide policies and analyzing the work being done throughout the project. They will also carry a small caseload and pod of GALs for education consults.
Requirements and Qualifications
• DC Bar membership or eligibility to waive into the DC Bar required
• 2 years-experience with special education law required
• Maryland Bar membership is a plus
• Supervising experience a plus
• Knowledge of DC education system a plus
• Knowledge of child welfare practice a plus
• Commitment to working with low-income clients
• Cultural humility
• Ability to spot issues
• Ability to problem solve and think creatively
• Strong independent judgement and decision-making
• Excellent interpersonal skills (teaming, building rapport, gathering information)
• Ability to multi-task
• Good time management and work/life balance
• Self-reflective, open to feedback and supervision
• Spanish-speaking proficiency a plus
• Valid Driver’s license required
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and the position is open until filled. No telephone calls please. Send resume, cover letter, three references and two-page writing sample via email to:
Education Supervising Attorney Search Committee
Children’s Law Center
501 3rd Street NW, 8th Floor
Washington, DC 20001
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.
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