Job Details

Staff Attorney

Company name

Juvenile Law Center

Organization Type

Public Interest

Job Type


Date Last Verified

Oct 10,2019

Valid Through

Jan 23,2020

Posted on

Jul 01,2019

Years of Experience

Min 3 yrs required


Philadelphia, PA, United States

Employment Type



Practice Area
Family Law >> Family Law
Litigation >> Litigation - General/Commercial
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Staff Attorney
The candidate 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. 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, convening’s, and meetings. Provide technical assistance to lawyers, social workers, advocates, and other stakeholders on child welfare and youth justice issues.

Qualification and Experience

The candidate must have J.D. required. Must have 3+ years of experience in juvenile and criminal justice, child welfare, or a closely related field. Must have strong research, writing, oral communication, and legal skills. Must be 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. Must have 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. Must have previous experience with at least one of the following: impact litigation, appellate advocacy or policy analysis and advocacy. Must have 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. Must have demonstrated ability to think strategically about child welfare and justice systems that are developmentally appropriate, racially equitable, and supportive of youth, families and communities. Must have experience using multiple layering strategies, including litigation, appellate advocacy, and policy advocacy. Must have 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.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
Juvenile Law Center
The Philadelphia Building
4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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