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Staff Attorney 2

Staff Attorney 2

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Job Description for Staff Attorney 2

The ABA Center on Children and the Law seeking to fill one new Staff Attorney 2 position as part of our Capacity Building Center for Courts in the National Courts project area. These attorneys will conduct substantive child welfare legal work for the Center’s grant funded projects. The role will include provision of technical assistance with state courts to manage a structured approach to system improvement including the implementation and evaluation of child welfare legal system reform efforts throughout the country.

Principal Job Duties/Responsibilities

  • Advise on substantive child welfare law topics and make policy and practice recommendations as part of a national project. Includes contacts with government entities in state and federal government as well as extensive collaboration with other national legal organizations and partners.
  • Give presentations and trainings on child welfare law and public policy topics, facilitate stakeholder groups, design and deliver child welfare law content.
    -Manage substantive projects. Work directly with State and tribal Court Improvement Projects (CIP). Coordinate or support regional groups and constituency groups of CIP directors.
  • Analyze laws, regulations, court rules and policies/policy proposals; prepare memoranda of law; advise on public policy; provide legal guidance; provide and deliver content for online learning experiences.
  • Supervised by a Senior Attorney and may supervise more junior attorneys and/or other staff.


Juris Doctorate Degree (JD) and admission to the bar in at least one jurisdiction. At least 4 years working in relevant specialized area of law. High level of skills in legal writing and research, oral and written communications, and organizational skills. Substantial experience in child welfare law and policy analysis.

Applicants are encouraged to describe applicable experience in a cover letter.

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