full time legal

Job Details

OVERVIEW

A Better Childhood fights for children who are abused, neglected, and irreversibly damaged while dependent on child welfare systems. Our work challenges existing structures to improve the lives of children, whether they are in state custody or reliant on the state for protection. We form powerful alliances with private law firms, community organizations, and child advocates who recognize that too many children are suffering needlessly and at public expense. Using the power of the courts, we develop new legal theories and apply existing law to reform the various states’ foster care and other child welfare systems. Then, we stay engaged, monitoring the states’ responses, until we produce results for children.

A Better Childhood is engaged in a major effort to more firmly establish a concrete body of law to improve child welfare systems. This position is full time.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Conduct factual and legal research, including analysis of children's records and available... data
  • Investigations (work with lawyers and travel to sites to determine whether case is viable)
  • Maintain contacts with local participants in different jurisdictions
  • Draft and finalize papers, letters, and other documents as needed
  • Serve as liaison for public contacts, expert witnesses, and other stakeholders
  • Develop and maintain processes for organizing discovery and document review

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Some knowledge of legal system and litigation process
  • Excellent research, writing, and organizational skills
  • Experience with legal research (LexisNexis experience a plus)
  • Interest in public interest work
  • Passion for ABC’s mission
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively, listen and learn from feedback, and make decisions in accordance with established policies
  • Attentiveness to detail and overarching goals
  • Ability to thrive in a busy, multi-tasking, and time-pressured environment
  • Accuracy, integrity, and discretion
  • Good sense of humor
  • Willingness to travel
  • Experience using Excel (PivotTables, VLOOKUPs, etc…)
  • Familiarity with discovery platforms (Relativity, etc…) are a bonus but not required

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