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CDT Staff Attorney

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Louisiana Center for Children's Rights


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Published 10 days ago

March 29, 2021
$45,000 - $69,000

Position Responsibilities


The staff attorney’s primary responsibility is to provide high-quality, zealous, client-directed legal representation to children in all stages of delinquency and status offender proceedings in Orleans Parish Juvenile Court.


Specifically, the staff attorney’s responsibilities include:


Zealous, Client-Centered Representation

•         Advocate zealously for the expressed interests of clients and allow their expressed interest to guide advocacy on the client’s behalf;

•         Represent clients in line with the rules of professional responsibility, especially ethical standards related to confidentiality, diligence, and communication; 

•         Build strong relationships of trust with clients, visiting and communicating with clients regularly, keeping clients informed of case developments, consulting with clients on questions of strategy, and counseling clients fully to allow them to make informed decisions about their cases;

•         Communicate with clients in a respectful manner and treat them with dignity and respect;

•         Work respectfully and collaboratively with client families to achieve client goals;

•         Buy-in and support for the organization’s mission to ensure that children receive the support they need in their communities.


Litigation

•         Represent children continuously throughout every stage of juvenile delinquency and Families in Need of Services proceedings, advocating for client interests and goals in court appearances ranging from continued custody hearings through adjudication and revocation hearings;

•         Develop comprehensive case strategies, including a working theory of the case, from the very beginning of representation, planning carefully and preparing thoroughly for every proceeding;

•         Coordinate thorough fact investigation in every case;

•         Litigate legal and factual issues alike with skill and tenacity, maintaining a robust motions practice, seeking relief from appellate courts, and taking advantage of expert assistance wherever appropriate;

•         Pursue creative and innovative litigation strategies on behalf of clients to consistently push forward the practice at the Orleans Parish Juvenile Court;

•         Participate in office trainings and other trainings to continue enhancing litigation skill set;

•         Negotiate with state representatives and advocate with judges for favorable outcomes.


Holistic Advocacy

•         Coordinate a team of advocates – including an investigator, a case manager, and a social worker – to implement holistic and comprehensive advocacy plans designed to help clients achieve their legal and life goals;

•         Bring a collaborative spirit to the work and hold regular meetings with the client advocacy team;

•         Communicate regularly, respectfully, and effectively with team members, providing direction where appropriate while recognizing that every team member has a vital role to play in effective advocacy for clients;

•         Whenever appropriate, advocate and litigate on behalf of clients in forums outside of the courtroom, including in expulsion hearings and special education litigation.


Administration and Projects

·      Complete necessary administrative tasks for the efficient management and operation of the organization.



Required Qualifications

·        A commitment to advancing racial justice and reducing the harm the justice system does to Black children.

·        Previous juvenile defense experience and/or experience working with children.

·        Deep and demonstrated commitment to the defense of indigent youth as a specialized practice; to zealous, holistic, team-based, and client-centered defense; and to LCCR’s mission, vision, goals, and values;

·        At least two years of professional experience working as an attorney representing indigent and underserved populations;

·        Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to write persuasively and clearly and the ability to communicate effectively with diverse populations;

·        Demonstrated ability both to collaborate closely with colleagues and also to work independently when necessary;

·        Creativity and flexibility in solving problems and meeting challenges;

·        Strong work ethic and willingness to travel and to work late hours and/or weekends when circumstances demand it;

·        A J.D. with current good standing to practice law in Louisiana.


Preferred Qualifications


•         Experience as a practicing public defender;

•         Knowledge of substantive and procedural juvenile and criminal law and trial practice skills;

•         Expertise in special education law, adolescent psychology, and other areas of knowledge important for effective advocacy on behalf of youth in juvenile court;

•         Familiarity with the geography, history, and people of New Orleans and Louisiana



Position Responsibilities


The staff attorney’s primary responsibility is to provide high-quality, zealous, client-directed legal representation to children in all stages of delinquency and status offender proceedings in Orleans…

Details at a glance

  • Full Time Schedule
  • J.D. Required
  • Professional

Benefits

Salary and Compensation


The position offers a salary of $45,000-$69,000 depending on years of experience and based on an established pay scale. LCCR offers employee benefits that include generous paid time off and health insurance. The position is full-time, and no other compensated work is permitted.  

Salary and Compensation


The position offers a salary of $45,000-$69,000 depending on years of experience and based on an established pay scale. LCCR offers employee benefits that…

Location

On-site
1100 Milton Street, New Orleans, LA 70122

How to Apply


Please provide a resume, three professional references, and a cover letter explaining your interest in the position to jobs@lakidsrights.org. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and the position will remain open until filled.


Please provide a resume, three professional references, and a cover letter explaining your interest in the position to jobs@lakidsrights.org. Applications will be considered on a…

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