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Staff Attorney 1 -- Legal Representation Project

The ABA Center on Children and the Law is seeking a full-time Staff Attorney to work with our Legal Representation Projects Team. The Staff Attorney will serve as the primary point of contact managing a new project titled “No More Legal Orphans,” which will focus on examining and challenging the concept of terminating parental rights under law. All applications must be submitted online. Please include a cover letter and resume in one document when uploading on the ABA site


The Center is currently seeking interns for fall 2024. We accept applications on a rolling basis., so please apply soon.

Interns support Center projects by assisting with research, writing and analysis, communications, and events. Efforts are made to match interns' interests and skills with appropriate projects and tasks. Applicants should identify one or two primary project areas of interest in their cover letter. 

Fall interns are usually law students who receive academic credit from their school for the internship.

Fall internships: During the fall , interns work full time for at least two (2) months (i.e., 8-week commitment). Fall interns are typically remote but may also be in-person in the ABA’s DC offices in Farragut Square. 

Internships are open to law students and graduate students (e.g., social work, psychology). In some circumstances, undergraduate students may also be eligible.  All applicants should express in their cover letter why they are especially interested in promoting access to justice for children, parents and families who are involved with the child welfare system. 

To apply, send a cover letter and resume via email to:

Steven Jessen-Howard ([email protected])

Partnership Opportunities 

The Center is always looking at new areas where we can grow our work by partnering with other organizations. These partnerships strengthen the field, deepen understanding of complex cross-cutting issues, and broaden our reach through relationship building.

Examples of partnership opportunities include: 

  • legislative advocacy 
  • policy reform
  • project advisory committee participation
  • co-sponsoring trainings or webinar presentations
  • ABA policy development and support 
  • joint publications