Senior Attorney Position

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Job Description for Senior Attorney - L11E106

The Center on Children and the Law is seeking a full-time Senior Attorney to work with our team to facilitate child welfare system change as part of our Permanency Barriers Project. The Senior Attorney will help manage a grant funded project and provide substantive legal guidance and support on other Center projects.  The Senior Attorney will be supervised by the Center Director and may supervise more junior attorneys and/or other staff.  The Senior Attorney will conduct legal research and writing, facilitate meetings with multiple child welfare stakeholders, speak and provide training and technical assistance on substantive child welfare topics including safety, permanency and well-being, legal representation, education, and kinship. The attorney may also work on grant development for new project areas.

Principal Job Duties

  • Guide legal system reforms and collaborative approaches to improving child welfare outcomes within states and counties.
  • Analyze laws, regulations, court rules and policies/policy proposals.
  • Develop policy and practice recommendations based on local engagement with child welfare legal system stakeholders.
  • Serve as principal ABA expert on a substantive area of law or public policy. Includes contacts with government entities.
  • Give presentations and trainings on legal and public policy issues. Design substantive content of events, develop model documents, and conduct trainings. 
  •  Conduct research and prepare trainings, write memoranda and articles, frequently for publication. 
  • Manage substantive legal projects. Oversee research, report-writing, and publication. Coordinate or support sub-groups and coordinate with external constituencies.
  • Manage consultants, attorneys and interns on staff.
  •  Research, draft, write and review legislative and regulatory texts.
  • Assist with ABA policy adoption and dissemination process.
  • Support Center efforts to secure outside funding; write grants; work collaboratively with funders.

Job Requirements 

EDUCATION:   Doctoral Degree (JD)

EXPERIENCE:  JD and admission to the bar in at least one jurisdiction. At least 8 years working in relevant specialized area of law. High level of skills at legal writing and research, oral and written communications, and organizational skills. Substantial experience in child welfare law and policy analysis. Grant administration and supplemental subject matter experience may be required.

Some travel required up to 50%.

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