Who We Are
Children's Law Center fights so every child in DC can grow up with a stable family, good health, and a quality education. At Children’s Law Center, everything we do is focused on one thing – delivering better client outcomes for kids and families in DC. Our staff are empowered to open minds, shape decisions, and offer solutions. We encourage intellectual curiosity, innovation, diversity, and mutual respect.
Our greatest assets are our people. We strive to attract and cultivate a vibrant, creative, and diverse community. We recognize that people with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives fuel our ability to provide the best outcomes for our clients. Our staff drive Children’s Law Center’s mission with their leadership, result-orientated mindset, and commitment to cultural humility and centering the needs of our clients. We are looking for an individual who enjoys working in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment, likes to be challenged, and values the opportunity to make a difference.
Children Law Center’s success depends on recruiting and retaining individuals who possess and value these attributes.
Children’s Law Center’s Healthy Together program is a medical-legal partnership for DC’s children. Children’s Law Center partners with Children’s National Hospital, Mary’s Center and Unity Health Care to provide legal services to children and families who have health-harming legal needs. Through the partnership, Healthy Together advocates for landlords to fix housing conditions that harm a child’s health, ensures school systems provide appropriate educational programs to students with disabilities, and holds government agencies and health insurance providers accountable for providing medically-necessary services to children. By focusing on social determinants of health and working side-by-side with the community, Healthy Together reduces the health inequities and racial disparities that many of our client families face.
This position is part of our Healthy Together Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP). Attorneys in Healthy Together provide legal assistance to parents and caregivers with limited financial resources where legal solutions are required to address children’s health problems. Healthy Together Staff Attorneys also perform community and medical partner outreach activities.
The supervising attorney serves as the primary supervisor for Healthy Together attorneys and is responsible for the training, supervision, professional development, and evaluation of supervisees. The supervising attorney is responsible for ensuring that their supervisees provide high quality representation on behalf of client families referred to CLC to address health-harming legal needs, such as housing conditions, special education, access to health care (Medicaid-related matters), public benefits, guardianship of incapacitated adults and other substantive legal areas. Supervision tasks include being regularly available to supervisees, attending hearings, reviewing pleadings and other written material, actively participating in litigation preparation, providing guidance and feedback on informal advocacy, providing consistent and timely feedback on performance, and ensuring compliance with program and organizational policies. The supervising attorney will meet regularly with their supervisor to review case issues and trends, spot supervision and mentoring issues, assess plans for assisting in the professional development of their supervisees, and assist with innovation and evaluation efforts. In addition to supervising staff attorneys, the supervisor will maintain a partial caseload, provide brief advice and services, develop and conduct trainings for community stakeholders and medical partners, mentor and train volunteer pro bono attorneys, and lead specific projects as delegated by the Healthy Together Director or Legal Director.
The supervising attorney reports to the Healthy Together Program Director or Senior Supervising Attorney.
Supervision: Advocacy and Litigation
Supervision: CLC Policy and Protocol Adherence
Supervision: High Quality Supervision Meetings
Supervision: Professional Development
Supervision: Personnel Management
Supervision: Program Activities
Medical Partner Relationship-Building, Site Management and Community Outreach
Volunteer Pro Bono Support
Education and Experience
Salary and Benefits
The salary for this position ranges from $71,000 to $85,600 annually based on relevant experience plus a sign-on bonus. Children’s Law Center offers a generous benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, and short- and long-term disability insurance; employer-provided retirement contributions; flexible spending plans; and vacation, sick, holiday, family and medical leave. Children’s Law Center is a 501(c)(3) organization. Employees with federal student loan debt can apply for Public Service Loan Forgiveness. For more information, go to https://myfedloan.org/borrowers/special-programs/pslf.
Additionally, the DC Bar Foundation’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program provides renewable one-year, interest-free, forgivable loans up to $12,000 per year for qualified Children’s Law Center attorneys. For more information, see https:/dcbarfoundation.org/lrap/.
To apply, please submit the following materials in one PDF file: cover letter, resume, writing sample and 3 professional references. Apply here: https://childrenslawcenter.org/get-involved/careers/.
Children’s Law Center is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment. If you believe that you need accommodation to search for, or apply for, one of our positions please send an email to Jobs@ChildrensLawCenter.org. In your email, please include the accommodation you are requesting and the job title you are applying for. It may take up to three business days to receive a response to your request.
Hybrid Working Conditions
Children's Law Center is currently operating on a hybrid work schedule. All employees are expected spend time both working remotely and working in-person from Children's Law Center's office. Hybrid working expectations vary depending upon role and program responsibilities.
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has required that government employees receive the COVID-19 vaccine and all eligible booster shots or be granted medical or religious exemption from the mandate. Due to some of our grant funding and partnerships, Children’s Law Center must follow this mandate. Prior to beginning employment at Children's Law Center, all new employees must be fully vaccinated, including all eligible booster shots, and provide proof thereof as a condition of employment unless the candidate applies and is approved for an exemption as an accommodation due to a medical condition or a religious belief.
Candidates who receive a conditional offer of employment will be subject to a background check.
Children’s Law Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunities for all applicants and existing employees. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to ancestry, age, color, disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, military or veteran status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and any other basis protected by federal, state, or local law, ordinance, or regulation. We invite you to visit us here to learn more about our company and our career opportunities (https://childrenslawcenter.org/get-involved/careers/).
Children’s Law Center is dedicated to building a world that is inclusive in approach and has equal opportunities and equitable outcomes for all. Our organization is committed to developing and supporting a robustly diverse, equitable, inclusive and anti-racist community, where all members can create and feel a sense of belonging. Through our collective deliberate efforts, we work toward racial and social justice for children and families in DC.