TAY Staff Attorney

POSITION SUMMARY

The Alliance for Children’s Rights is seeking a dedicated individual to join our Transition Age Youth Program as a Staff Attorney.

ABOUT THE ALLIANCE

The Alliance for Children’s Rights is a nonprofit organization that provides free holistic legal services and advocacy to youth and families impacted by child welfare and juvenile justice systems in Los Angeles County, and works to enact policy changes statewide. Our lawyers, advocates, and social workers, together with hundreds of pro bono attorneys and community volunteers, work to ensure that those we serve have the tools to overcome barriers to stability and success, and access to the education, healthcare, and financial supports that they need. Since 1992, we have helped over 150,000 children.

ABOUT THE TRANSITION AGE YOUTH (TAY) PROGRAM:

The TAY Program assists young adults transitioning out of the foster care or juvenile justice systems in Los Angeles County with removing barriers to independence and empowering young adults to advocate for themselves. Our team supports young adults, providing free consultation and legal services on a range of issues including housing, education, employment, resolving identity and consumer theft, re-entering foster care for youth between the ages of 18 and 21, clearing juvenile tickets and DMV holds, sealing juvenile court records, and requesting name changes from the court. In addition, the TAY team regularly participates on panels, webinars, and workshops internally and externally to educate young adults and community advocates about resources and legal issues and rights that impact TAY, and to teach young adults everyday living skills and how to become more effective self-advocates.  

WHAT YOUR IMPACT WILL BE

  • Provide legal services to current and former foster and probation youth as well as youth who cross over from foster care into the delinquency system.
  • Conduct legal research and draft legal memorandums, briefs, primers, and presentations.
  • Interview, screen, and assist transition age youth clients in need of legal services and other resources.
  • Prepare case summaries and files for pro-bono attorney placement and correspond and collaborate with pro bono attorneys following placement.
  • Provide trainings and technical assistance to transition age youth.
  • Provide trainings and technical assistance to pro bono attorneys, firms, local colleges and universities, and other community partners and advocates.
  • Train and supervise volunteers, undergraduate and graduate interns, MSW externs, and law clerks.
  • Develop and update materials on legal and transition age youth issues for clients, pro bono attorneys, and the community at large.
  • Stay abreast of trends and policies affecting transition age youth.
  • Assist with policy initiatives and impact litigation on issues relating to transition age youth.
  • Collaborate with other child welfare providers, non-profit organizations, and community, client, or other advocacy groups.
  • Conduct community outreach trainings.
  • Attend regular weekly and monthly internal and external meetings on transition age youth, housing, and policy initiatives, among other topics.
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE WILL POSSESS
  • A license to practice law in California.
  • A minimum of 3 years of legal experience.
  • 1-2 years’ experience working with transition age youth and/or child welfare.
  • Experience with law school clinical program preferred.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills – ability to communicate effectively with clients, staff, attorneys, child welfare agencies, community resource providers, the judiciary, and the public.
  • Excellent organizational and multi-tasking skills.
  • The ability to take initiative and be a self-starter.
  • The ability to speak, read, and write Spanish (helpful but not mandatory).

This job description is of a general nature and is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties of the position.

COVID-19 CONSIDERATIONS:

Vaccination Requirement:

The Alliance is committed to prioritizing and safeguarding the health and wellbeing of our employees, their families, our clients, and members of our community against the COVID-19 coronavirus above all else. In response toCOVID-19, and the increased transmissibility with recent variants, and to support a safe environment for everyone, all new Alliance employees must provide original documentation confirming they are fully vaccinated and/or an approved qualifying medical exemption or religious held belief exemption at the time of hire.

Other Considerations:

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, this position worked full time from our Los Angeles office. However, since thepandemic, this position has worked remotely from home. This position may be asked to return to work in the office at any time and at the employer’s discretion.

TO APPLY

To be considered, please send a resume and a cover letter that outlines your interest in joining the Alliance, relevant work experience, and how you heard of the position to Ashley Zometa at azometa@alliancecr.org. Responses will be sent only to individuals meeting the outlined qualifications of the position. Salary starts at $68,000-$78,000 and is commensurate with experience.  Benefits include paid holidays, vacation and sick leave policies, and health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans.

The Alliance for Children’s Rights is committed to building and supporting a culturally diverse and inclusive environment that values all staff members’ backgrounds and perspectives in our work. We strongly encourage individuals from all traditionally underrepresented communities to apply. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. We are an Equal Employment Opportunity employer, and prohibit discrimination against employees or applicants because of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, veteran status, or any other unlawful basis.

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