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ProfileStaff Attorney - Child Victims of Trauma & Violence The candidate will part of a statewide endeavor that will target children and/or family members who have experienced trauma as a result of abuse or criminal conduct. Provide advocacy and defense on education-related issues, from special education to school discipline, homelessness advocacy, and restraint/seclusion in school settings as well as advocacy around abuse & neglect matters. The service area is statewide but will focus primarily on the northeast and Greater Boston. Duties: (1) represent children with disabilities in special education disputes, including advocating at Team meetings and in litigation before the Bureau of Special Education Appeals to ensure delivery of appropriate services, and/or combat disparate treatment and unjust discipline; (2) represent students in school exclusion and other discipline matters; (3) engage in advocacy around enrollment, ELL, homelessness/McKinney-Vento, and other education rights of system-involved youth; and, (4) provide advocacy to victims of abuse and neglect. Engage in various non-case related activities including community outreach; training parents, attorneys and service providers on legal issues affecting children; task force/committee participation; and, systems reform work designed to enhance the effect of the agency’s direct service efforts. Will be responsible for working with/overseeing the agency’s intake line for these cases, supervising intake workers, and training and mentoring Pro Bono attorneys. Work closely with agency’s project office in Boston (EdLaw), staff of legal aid programs across the state, and staff of numerous youth-serving programs in the northeast region and Greater Boston. Admission to the Massachusetts Bar or licensed to practice law in Massachusetts required. Spanish language proficiency or fluency strongly preferred. Familiarity: with state and federal special education laws; with state child welfare law required. Excellent organizational, communication and leadership skills required. Experience working with urban school and state human service systems required. Experience in education, child welfare and related advocacy services to assist children and youth who are victims of trauma and/or crime, or whose family members have experienced same required.
Please submit a resume, cover letter, and references. The position is for one to two years.