Staff Attorney

Job Type

Full Time


Details: We offer a competitive salary




44 Court Street
New York
United States


The Children's Law Center (CLC) represents children in custody/visitation, paternity, guardianship, domestic violence and connected child protective cases.  Under the leadership of the Executive Director, the staff attorney will work to effectuate the mission of CLC to provide children with a strong and effective voice in legal proceedings. 

Major Purpose of Position

The staff attorney must be able to handle a high volume of cases from intake through trial. Under the supervision of the borough director, the staff attorney will ensure that CLC maintains high standards of representation and client services. In this role the attorney will take a central role in the Reflective Advocacy Practice ( RAP) that looks at emerging issues surrounding CLC clients. 

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Conduct interviews with clients and other individuals;
  • Handle court appearances and part coverage;
  • Subpoena or otherwise obtain all necessary documentation in order to prepare cases;
  • Maintain comprehensive and well organized case files;
  • Regularly handle intake, comprehensively prepare cases for conference, negotiation or trial;  
  • Analyze legal issues, develop legal strategy and facilitate its implementation;
  • Properly evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of a case;
  • Explore alternatives to litigation and negotiate the best possible resolution for clients;
  • Collaborate with the Writing, Social Work, Paralegal and Client Services teams to best represent CLC clients;
  • Communicate with other disciplines in a timely manner, as necessary;
  • Ensures all required administrative case management tasks are completed and submitted by established deadlines;
  • Incorporate the use of technology both in substantive practice and in management of daily calendar;
  • With supervisory support, evaluate conflicting demands and prioritize workload;
  • Regularly respond to client, community and staff concerns;
  • Attend training sessions pertinent to practice;

Reflective Advocacy Duties could include

  • Developing presentations, training materials, resource guides, and advocacy documents that educate staff, pro bono volunteers, partner organizations, agencies, legislators, and the community
  • Working with various city and state agencies, organizations, and educational institutions to improve policies surrounding the emerging issues as identified in the RAP practice
  • Fielded BAP helpline questions from children and professionals
  • Work with the leadership and colleagues at CLC to shaped the substantive body of case law on emerging issues as identified in the RAP practice in New York Court and other forums.  
  • Other duties as requested

Key Qualifications and Competencies:

  • Admitted to practice law in New York State  
  • Demonstrated skills in advocacy, cultural competence and humility, mediation and interviewing
  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest and policy
  • Knowledge of family court, custody, domestic violence and child welfare
  • Experience or demonstrated interest in working on cases involving domestic violence
  • Demonstrated experience teaming with colleagues to find solutions to complex situations
  • Superb interpersonal skills, effective communication skills (written and verbal), time management, and organizational skills
  • Curiosity and eagerness to continue learning new skills and grow professionally and take an optimistic approach to new challenges
  • Demonstrated efficient, persistent and meticulous attention to detail along with outstanding initiative, analytical, critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Proven ability to work independently with excellent judgment, diplomacy, professionalism and able to prioritize requests, track and manage multiple tasks simultaneously, and meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated skills as a regular user, of software, technology, and online resources including knowledge of databases, Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook including calendaring, task, etc.), Internet searches, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise complete discretion when working with confidential and sensitive information
  • Desire to work in a busy organization that represents children


Excellent benefits package including four weeks vacation, medical, dental, vision and 40lk.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required


How To Apply

Please click here to apply for this position:on our the CLC careers website.