The Juvenile Justice Clinic at the Center for Juvenile Law and Policy, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, is accepting applications for the position of Staff Attorney and Clinical Supervisor. The candidate will be expected to supervise and direct certified law students representing youth in Los Angeles juvenile delinquency courts. The position is open to be filled immediately and would ideally begin sometime in August, 2021.
The Center for Juvenile Law and Policy (CJLP) houses four live-client in-house clinics providing direct representation. As part of the CJLP, the Juvenile Justice Clinic provides free trial-level legal services to children in the Los Angeles delinquency courts while providing law students with a vital skill set and the opportunity to practice in the public interest. The JJC works collaboratively with the Youth Justice Education Clinic and staff social workers to holistically represent youth and ensure that each and every client has the opportunity to succeed in life.
JJC Mission Statement: The Juvenile Justice Clinic at Loyola Marymount Law School provides holistic, client-centered advocacy for youth involved in the juvenile justice system. We join with movements that challenge institutionalized racism on all levels and seek to dismantle the systems that perpetuate it. We unequivocally stand with the Black Lives Matter movement in the fight against all systems which continue to oppress Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. We continually hold ourselves accountable to our clients, to dismantling the unjust system, and to affirming the value of every individual we represent. In doing so, we are guided by three core principles:
• Providing holistic, client-centered representation. Our team of social workers, certified law students, and attorneys advocate for dignified solutions that meet our client’s stated interests.
• Being conscious of the community we are serving. Our understanding that kids are fundamentally different from adults and face hardships unique to their developmental stage drives how we represent our clients.
• Zealously advocate for every juvenile client. Every member of our team vows to decenter themselves and challenge their implicit biases. The clinic trains future generations of defenders to celebrate and honor young people and fight for our communities.
Candidates for the Staff Attorney position must possess tenacity and dedication, outstanding trial and lawyering skills, excellent written and oral communication abilities, a successful track record of working effectively with diverse and vulnerable client populations, and a demonstrated commitment to social justice. Strong organizational and time management skills are essential. Professionalism is paramount, including an ability to manage multiple tasks, work independently, and seek guidance when appropriate.
The ideal candidate should possess at least three to five years of relevant indigent defense and juvenile justice experience, including bench and jury trial experience. Candidates must also have a desire to mentor, supervise, and train law students in an in-house clinical program. Prior teaching and/or supervision experience is preferred, but not required. Spanish-speaking ability is desirable. Candidates must be licensed to practice law in the state of California for a minimum of two years to be eligible to supervise students. The Staff Attorney will work together with the JJC Clinic Director to supervise clinic students’ work representing clients and to build and foster relationships with the community. In the absence of the Clinic Director, the attorney will also cover the clinic docket and supervise student work on client matters. The attorney is responsible for working together with the Director to ensure the effective management of the JJC. During periods of student absence, the attorney will be entirely or partially responsible for client representation, including communication with clients, litigation, attendance at court hearings, and vigorous post-disposition advocacy. Some evening and occasional weekend hours will be required. The Staff Attorney may also co-teach clinical courses, including trial skills.
This position is a full-time, year-round position based in Los Angeles. The salary offered is competitive and based on experience. Loyola Law School also offers an attractive benefits package. The initial contract is for one year subject to renewal based on the availability of continued funding. As part of Loyola Marymount University, a Jesuit, Carnegie-classified R2 institution, LLS seeks outstanding applicants who share its commitment to inclusive excellence and the promotion of justice. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to providing an environment free from discrimination and harassment as defined by federal, state and local law. We welcome and invite all persons of diverse and intersectional identities, life experiences, and beliefs to apply.
Applicants should submit the following:
• A cover letter describing the applicant’s relevant experience, interest in clinical supervision and an explanation of how the position fits within the applicant’s professional goals;
• Writing sample of 10 – 15 pages;
• A list of three professional references.
To apply, please go to https://lmu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/Careers/job/Law-School?Campus/Staff-Attorney-and-Clinical-Supervisor_R173.
Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Preference will be given to complete applications received by August 1, 2021.
The Juvenile Justice Clinic at the Center for Juvenile Law and Policy, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, is accepting applications for the position of Staff Attorney and Clinical Supervisor. The candidate will be expected to supervise and…
Spanish-speaking ability is desirable.
Spanish-speaking ability is desirable.