JOB SUMMARY:This is an entry-level position.AJE seeks a staff attorney to lead the assessment of requests for assistance, provide direct legal services to protect the civil and human rights of children in the District to an appropriate education based on family-led goals; to help to increase the knowledge and capacity of families to advocate through know your rights trainings; and to work collectively with families, coalition partners and other stakeholders to bring about systemic changes that will eliminate barriers and create equity in education.PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES:Assess client intakes for appropriate services (advice and counsel, brief services, or extended services); Provide direct advocacy on critical cases involving rights in accessing public education; Analyze and determine AJEs case strategy to ensure effective and successful negotiation and litigation.Work as a team with families to assess individualized needs and to set goals; Represent students and families in the disciplinary hearing process, in matters involving legal rights to special education services (from early intervention post-secondary transition), and other legal rights to accessing public education;maintain and update case records; prepare monthly reports and client files.Conduct training on legal rights to parents, youth, and community professionals and assist in providing in-service training to staff.Contribute to the monthly newsletter, websites, and other publications.Participate in groups or coalitions related to direct advocacy and support of families in educational and related matters.Participate in organizational outreach efforts and develop relationships within the community.QUALIFICATIONS:A member of the District of Columbia Bar or eligible to waive in with pending bar admission.Experience in family support advocacy, preferably with clinical experience or a combination of experience and education.A demonstrated commitment to public interest, social, racial, and education justice.Must exemplify positive leadership and independence.Must possess strong legal, organizational, oral, and written communication skills.Must have great interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively with families, staff, partners, and other community stakeholders.Must demonstrate an ability to handle multiple tasks and prioritize workload.Must have intermediate knowledge of standard software applications (including but not limited to MS Word, Excel, Access, Publisher, and Outlook)Tracking

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