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Juvenile Law Center
Juvenile Law Center advocates for rights, dignity, equity and opportunity for all youth in the child welfare and justice systems.
Founded in 1975, Juvenile Law Center is the first non-profit, public interest law firm for children in the country. Through litigation, appellate advocacy and submission of amicus (friend-of-the-court) briefs, policy reform, public education, training, consulting, and strategic communications, we fight for children who come into contact with the child welfare and justice systems. Widely published and internationally recognized as leaders in the field, Juvenile Law Center has substantially shaped the development of law and policy on behalf of youth. We strive to ensure that laws, policies, and practices affecting youth advance racial and economic equity and are rooted in research, consistent with children’s unique developmental characteristics, and reflective of international human rights values. Current issues can be found here. Juvenile Law Center is committed to advancing equity both internally and in our advocacy work. We recognize the urgency and necessity of actively building and supporting diverse leadership at Juvenile Law Center and in the field more broadly. We are committed to actively recruiting and hiring from communities most impacted by our work. Applicants working to advance equity and who identify with these impacted communities are strongly encouraged to apply and self-identify during the application process.
The staff attorney will work on projects in many of our work areas, collaborating in a highly collegial atmosphere with attorneys, communications, development, and operations staff, and in partnership with colleagues around the state and country. The work will include litigation, policy advocacy, public education, media advocacy, legal and non-legal research and writing, training, technical assistance, coordinating state or national reform efforts including organizing and facilitating meetings, and other duties as assigned. The job will require some travel in Pennsylvania and nationally.
Essential Functions (include, but not limited to):
- Think strategically about opportunities to advocate for child welfare and justice systems that are
- developmentally appropriate, racially equitable, and supportive of youth, families and communities
- Engage in impact litigation and appellate advocacy to shape the field of youth law, including drafting memoranda, motions, and briefs as well as oral advocacy and trial participation as needed
- Engage in policy reform efforts, including analyzing statutes and regulations, drafting fact sheets and publications, and convening key stakeholders
- Provide public education at conferences, convenings, and meetings
- Provide technical assistance to lawyers, social workers, advocates, and other stakeholders on child welfare and youth justice issues
- Commitment to our mission and vision
- Strong research, writing, oral communication, and legal skills
- Highly collaborative, including ability to work effectively with external partners and internal colleagues; ability to build strong rapport and relationships; ability to work collaboratively alongside youth
- Strong sense of professionalism, including ability to manage multiple deadlines; strong work ethic and commitment to see assignments completed thoroughly and timely; flexibility to pitch in when needed; willingness to learn new skills and improve existing skills
- Previous experience with at least one of the following: impact litigation, appellate advocacy or policy analysis and advocacy
- A commitment to racial equity, including: a dedication to expanding analysis and knowledge about the role that racial inequity plays in our society and a commitment to building or deepening commitment to racial justice work.
Additional Skills and Experiences Preferred:
- Demonstrated ability to think strategically about child welfare and justice systems that are developmentally appropriate, racially equitable, and supportive of youth, families and communities
- Experience using multiple lawyering strategies, including litigation, appellate advocacy, policy advocacy
- Demonstrated skills in racial justice advocacy, including: a demonstrated understanding of the role of racial inequity in movement-building, a demonstrated ability to effectively manage across difference, an ability to integrate understanding of racial equity concepts into work projects by addressing structural implications and disproportionate impacts of laws, policies, and practices.
- Insights into the justice and child welfare systems that bring a new perspective to Juvenile Law Center, which may be based on personal experience in the system, personal experience as a member of a marginalized group, and/or deep knowledge of a relevant body of law. Juvenile Law Center has a commitment to professional development and will actively support candidates in further developing their skills in these areas.
The Staff Attorney reports to the Senior and Managing Attorneys in all aspects of Juvenile Law Center’s litigation and policy advocacy strategies and programs.
- J.D. required
- At least three years of experience in juvenile and criminal justice, child welfare, or a closely related field
Salary is commensurate with experience. The minimum starting salary for this position is $62,000. Juvenile Law Center offers excellent health care benefits, disability insurance and life insurance.
Send cover letter describing interests and experience, a resume, list of three references and a writing sample in a single PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org. In your cover letter, please let us know how you heard of this position. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Statement on Diversity and Inclusion:
Juvenile Law Center’s mission is to advocate for rights, dignity, equity, and opportunity in the child welfare and justice systems. The diversity of our staff is critical to fulfilling this mission.
Juvenile Law Center is committed to cultivating an inclusive space that affirms and celebrates the backgrounds, learned and lived expertise, whole identities, and individual perspectives of our staff. We are committed to the diversity of our staff as it pertains to race, color, ethnicity, class, sex, marital or parental status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, size, disability, religion, national origin, and/or child welfare or juvenile or criminal justice involvement, including prior record of arrest, adjudication, or conviction. Applicants of all backgrounds and experiences are encouraged to self-identify during the application process.
Juvenile Law Center is an equal opportunity employer.
QUALIFICATIONS OF THE IDEAL CANDIDATES
The ideal candidates will be exceptionally effective litigators, strategists, and communicators with an unrelenting commitment to justice on behalf of immigrant communities. While no one candidate will possess all of the qualifications listed below, we expect that successful candidates will embody many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:
- Exceptional litigation skills and at least seven (7) years for the Senior Supervising Attorney, five (5) years for the Senior Staff Attorney, and two (2) years for the Staff Attorney of federal complex litigation or comparable legal experience;
- Ideal candidates for Senior Supervising Attorney will also have at least two (2) years of experience managing a team and have demonstrated ability to develop, mentor, and retain high-performing and diverse teams of attorneys;
- A sincere commitment to social justice and a keen awareness of the relationship between impact litigation, policy advocacy, and social change;
- Initiative, vision, creativity, and a demonstrated willingness to take calculated risks in crafting and executing strategies with the absolute drive to succeed;
- A deep personal commitment to diversity and inclusion; proven success in engaging with diverse communities; lived experience that informs an authentic understanding of the challenges faced by vulnerable communities and a sophisticated understanding of the historical nature of structural power differences with a lens into how that impacts social justice efforts today;
- Demonstrated knowledge of immigration law and current policies, trends, litigation strategies and tools being applied to combat unjust immigration policies across the country, or a personal demonstrated commitment to advancing the rights of immigrant communities;
- Experience applying analytical skills to public policy issues, including an ability to synthesize and summarize large amounts of information and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue;
- Excellent communication skills, including research and writing, interpersonal and public communication skills, and an ability to translate vision and strategy into external messaging;
- Excellent interpersonal skills, including maturity, keen judgment, the ability to facilitate challenging conversations and quickly read interpersonal dynamics, and the ability to work with people from a wide array of backgrounds and perspectives and across projects;
- A positive attitude and successful experience working in a high-energy, fast-paced environment; excellent and consistent attention to detail and the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines;
- A natural intellectual curiosity and personal drive for self-reflection, improvement, and learning;
- Patience, a sense of humor, gravitas and a high tolerance for ambiguity; the ability to adapt quickly to change; an optimistic outlook, a natural orientation towards collaboration with the self- confidence to move forward in areas of uncertainty or where there is not necessarily agreement;
- The ability and willingness to travel regionally;
- Spanish language proficiency strongly preferred; other language skills relevant to the Southeast will be considered; and
- Admission to the Florida Bar or willingness to sit for the next Bar Exam
Advancing Real Change (ARC), Inc. is seeking a Director of Investigation for its office in
The Director of Investigation will lead and conduct mitigation investigations on behalf of ARC,
Inc. clients, provide direct supervision to frontline life history investigators and record
collection specialists, assume a leadership role in both external and internal training activities,
and participate as a member of the management team to help develop and advance a
broader strategy for change. Additional details on position requirements and responsibilities
are available at the end of this posting.
Who we are (and are not)
ARC, Inc. is a growing nonprofit organization dedicated to doing big things. Our team goes
above and beyond to ensure that our clients receive the quality defense to which they are
entitled. We believe strongly in human dignity and its potential as a force for change in the
criminal legal system. We seek to provide our staff members with the compensation, support,
and flexibility that will enable them sustain this effort over time. As teammates, we respect
each other’s diverse contributions to the work.
ARC, Inc. is neither a private firm nor a government agency. If you are looking for a 9-to-5 job,
if you take a checklist-style approach to mitigation, or if you are anything less than 100%
committed to the inherent dignity of our clients and the work involved in carrying that
message forward, we are not a fit for you.
What we offer
The salary for this position will be between $60,000 and $68,000. Benefits include an annual
contribution of $3,250 toward health and dental coverage (can be applied to our group plan
premium or received as a taxed stipend), an employer-matched retirement plan beginning in
early 2019, support of up to $1,000 per year to take advantage of professional development
opportunities, and a $50/month stipend to defray transit or parking costs. Our leave policy
includes no annual limit on, or pay deductions for, time off. It is our hope that staff members
will use this time to balance periods during which cases or other projects require extensive
and sustained work.
Most importantly, we offer the opportunity to work in an environment that acknowledges that
your ultimate responsibility is to our clients and that will provide every support we can to help
you meet that commitment. By accepting a position with us, you are accepting a role in
creating systemic change and all the challenges that come with that goal.
What you will offer
The ideal candidate for this position will bring:
- -5 or more years of experience with mitigation, including at least 3 years in the context of capital defense,
- commitment to upholding and promoting mitigation best practices, as outlined in the ABA Guidelines for Mitigation Function of Defense Team in Capital Cases and in the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth Guidelines for the representation of child clients,
- the ability to provide expertise, mentorship and support to mitigation and records specialists at different stages of their professional development,
- mindfulness of what is needed to work across cultural differences of all kinds,
- resilience in the face of difficult work,
- creativity in responding to challenges and developing strategies, and eagerness to work as part of a team of mission-driven individuals from diverse backgrounds.
The Director of Investigation is a full-time position based in ARC, Inc.’s office in Baltimore, MD.
This position reports directly to the Executive Director and has supervisory responsibility for
both life history investigators and record collection specialists. The responsibilities of the
As lead investigator on a case
- developing and maintaining strong client relationships,
- identifying, locating, and interviewing witnesses who are knowledgeable about the client at every phase of their life, and developing ongoing relationships as needed,
- obtaining and analyzing documentary evidence relevant to the client’s life history,
- managing case budget, timeframe, and other resources,
- assisting in identifying and working with experts,
- drafting clear and concise memos covering a variety of topics,
- fostering productive working relationships with members of the defense team,
- consulting with attorneys to develop theories of the case and case strategy,
- organizing and administering the case file, and completing other tasks needed for the success of the case.
As a member of the management team
- ensuring quality of supervisees’ memos and other written materials,
- helping supervisees to further develop client and witness interview skills,
- provide ongoing guidance regarding prioritization, problem-solving, and case strategies on supervisee cases,
- leading supervisee performance evaluation and development processes, helping to train ARC, Inc. staff and acting as a resource to the ARC, Inc. team as a whole,
- participating in management decision-making and planning,
- presenting at trainings and providing consultation on cases with external teams, and
- performing other duties as dictated by the needs of the office.
Those wishing to apply for this position should first ensure that they meet the following
minimum requirements: 5+ years mitigation experience, a 4-year degree, clear written and
oral expression, driver’s license (or ability to obtain one), willingness to travel, and familiarity
with issues in mental health, mental disability, trauma, racial justice, poverty, and other
Additional qualifications that are preferred but not required include a relevant post-graduate
degree, a second language (preferably Spanish, Arabic, or French), and proficiency with case
management programs, databases, or other software.
This position is required to qualify for a private investigator’s license; if you meet other
qualifications but are unsure of your eligibility for a license, you are encouraged to contact
our team for further discussion.
Those meeting the minimum requirements should submit a cover letter, resume, contact
information for three references, and a brief (3 – 5 page) writing sample to Executive Director
Elizabeth Vartkessian at email@example.com. Successful applications will convey the
applicant’s fit with the position as described, motivation in pursuing mitigation as a career,
and previous experience with direct supervision or related tasks.
The Legal Action Center (LAC) seeks a part-time Manager of Human Resources in its New York City office to develop and administer LAC’s employment-related policies and procedures and manage all human resource activities, such as employment, benefits, training, and employee services. This is a new position to perform and expand upon duties previously conducted by the Chief Financial Officer.
About the Organization: LAC is a private, not-for-profit law and policy organization with offices in New York City and Washington, D.C. LAC is the only organization in the country whose sole mission is to fight discrimination against people with criminal records, substance use disorders, and/or HIV/AIDS. LAC effectuates its mission, through policy advocacy, training and technical assistance, impact litigation, and legal services.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Manage all aspects of the recruiting, interviewing, hiring, promotion, and on-boarding process. Includes maintaining data on recruitment activities, applicant flow, interviews, hires.
- Develop and implement orientation and training programs for all new and current personnel, working closely with managers. Arrange for the provision of needed outside training on topics such as supervision, management, cultural competency, and racial justice and equity in the workplace.
- Direct and implement the performance review process.
- Address and resolve employee concerns, grievances and incidents in concert with management.
- Collaborate with management and outside legal counsel in developing revising, and implementing personnel policies/practices and related documents.
- Provide guidance to management about human resources matters.
- Work with management to develop and implement strategies incorporating a racial justice and equity lens into LAC’s human resources practices.
- Oversee personnel transactions such as hires, promotions, benefit plan changes, performance reviews, and terminations, and supervise staff who work on administration of those functions.
- In conjunction with legal counsel, identify legal requirements and government reporting regulations affecting human resources and ensure policies, procedures, and reporting are in compliance.
- Oversee the maintenance of records required by law, funders, or oversight organizations.
- Keep records of benefit plan participation such as medical insurance and pension plan.
- Plan and manage implementation and administration of agency benefit programs, such as health, dental, life, and disability insurances, pension plans, and leaves of absence.
- Work closely with LAC’s outsourced human resources and benefits
- Perform related duties, special assignments and projects as required and/or needed.
- The position will report to the Director/President.
Bachelor’s degree (B.A) in management, human resources, psychology or related area from a four-year accredited college or university.
Experience and/or work Skills Required:
- Minimum of five (5) years’ experience in human resources, including in a non-profit organization.
- Knowledge of applicable laws and regulations.
- Proven experience helping to maintain a diverse and inclusive workforce.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Outstanding interpersonal skills.
- Computer literacy, including proficiency in Windows environment, word processing, spreadsheet and database software.
Professional designation/accreditation, such as Professional in Human Resources awarded by the Society of Human Resources Management
Compensation and Benefits:
Salary is commensurate with experience.
Please email a cover letter and resumé (no calls) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled, but please apply as soon as possible. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.
The Legal Action Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Members of LAC’s stakeholder populations are strongly encouraged to apply.