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Staff Attorney


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 Attorney will work to effectuate the mission of CLC to provide children with a strong and effective voice in legal proceedings. 

Major Purpose of the 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.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Conduct interviews with clients and other individuals;
  • Handle court appearances and part coverage;
  • Subpoena or otherwise obtain all necessary documents in order to prepare cases;
  • Maintain comprehensive and well organized case files;
  • Regularly handle intake, comprehensively prepare cases for conference, mediation or trial;  
  • Analyze legal issues, develop legal strategy and facilitate its implementation;
  • Properly evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of a case;
  • Explore non-trial/non-litigation dispositions and negotiate best possible resolution for clients;
  • Collaborate with the Writing Unit, Social Work and Paralegal teams to best represent CLC clients;
  • Ongoing communication with other disciplines, as necessary;
  • 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; and
  • Perform other duties as requested.




Key Qualifications and Competencies:

  • Admitted to practice law in New York State  
  • Demonstrated skills in advocacy, cultural competence, mediation and interviewing
  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest and policy
  • Knowledge of family court, custody, domestic violence and child welfare
  • Demonstrated experience teaming with colleagues to find solutions to complex situations
  • Superb people, 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 and tasking), 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


Submission Deadline: 
April 5, 2020
Organization Information: 
The Children's Law Center
44 Court Street FL11
Brooklyn, NY 11201
United States
Phone: 718-522-3333