Who We AreAt the Childrens Law Center, everything we do is focused on one thing delivering better client outcomes for kids and families in DC. Our staff are empowered to open minds, shape decisions, and offer solutions. We encourage intellectual curiosity, innovation, diversity, and mutual respect.Our greatest assets are our people. We strive to attract and cultivate a vibrant, creative, and diverse community.We recognize that people with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives fuel our ability to provide the best outcomes for our clients. Our staff drive the Childrens Law Centers mission with their leadership, result-orientated mindset, and commitment to cultural humility and centering the needs of our clients.We are looking for an individual who enjoys working in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment, likes to be challenged, and values the opportunity to make a difference.Children Law Centers success depends on recruiting and retaining individuals who possess and value these attributes.Healthy Together is a medical-legal partnership for DCs children.Childrens Law Center partners with Childrens National Health System, Marys Center and Unity Health Care to provide legal services to children and their families who are experiencing health-harming legal needs by holding agencies, landlords, and schools accountable for inappropriate school programs, the failure to provide medically necessary services, and illegal, unhealthy housing conditions. Healthy Together works to reduce the health and racial disparities faced by many of our client families by focusing on these social determinants of health and working side by side in the community and with the community, along with our medical partners.Childrens Law Center is currently operating remotely. This position will work from a remote location until the organization returns to the office.Job SummaryThe Healthy Together Brief Service Staff Attorney will often be the first point of contact for many of the families seeking legal assistance from Childrens Law Centers Medical-Legal Partnership Healthy Together.The primary responsibility of this attorney is to conduct intakes with potential clients and to provide advice, counsel, brief service and referral information to parents and caregivers in need of legal assistance in the areas of education/special education, health care access, housing conditions, public benefits and other poverty law areas as needed.The Brief Service Staff Attorney is responsible for handling the majority of Healthy Together intakes.Childrens Law Centers model of intake is to provide some level of assistance for all callers; Brief Service Staff Attorney is responsible not only for screening for eligibility and recommending cases for extended representation, but also for providing legal advice, brief services, or referrals to potential clients for whom extended representation cases are not opened. The Brief Service Staff Attorney works from Childrens Law Centers main office (when staff returns to the office) and may also work from one of our medical or community settings as needed.The Brief Service Staff Attorney will receive information about potential clients from the other Healthy Together attorneys as well as directly from Childrens Law Centers medical partners. This role has an established career path with the potential for promotion to a Senior Attorney.The Brief Service Attorney reports to a Supervising Attorney in Healthy Together.Duties/ResponsibilitiesHealthy Together Legal IntakesServe as the point of contact for community members and receive referrals from the Healthy Together Program Director, attorneys, health care and other community partners.Conduct preliminary and subsequent interviews with potential clients to determine legal issue, and whether and how Childrens Law Center can assist the potential client and family.Enter intake information into our case management database and conduct intakes promptly and Childrens Law Center within guidelines.Independently assess whether potential clients need full representation, brief service, advice, referral, or information.Conduct legal research and/or identify other community resources for intakes.Referrals, Advice, and Brief Service to Parents and CaregiversProvide brief advice, counsel, and referral information to parents and caregivers in need of legal assistance in the areas of education/special education, health care, housing conditions, public benefits, and other poverty law areas.Provide brief service to parents and caregivers in need of legal assistance in the areas of education/special education, health care access, housing conditions, public benefits and other poverty law areas.Examples of brief service include but are not limited to:helping parents and caregivers with initial child Supplemental Security Income applications and requests for reconsideration; ghost-writing letters for parents requesting evaluations or other services from school; writing letters to landlords and/or property managers detailing housing conditions concerns, request remediation, and providing notice; providing troubleshooting assistance through phone calls or emails to agency personnel to try to resolve a legal problem.Recommend cases for extended representation.Revise and/or prepare outreach and education materials such as tip-sheets, referral sheets, know your rights flyers, etc. to improve the efficacy and timeliness of legal service delivery to parents and caregivers.Engage in Evaluation and Data Management ActivitiesMaintain accurate, timely data entry in Childrens Law Center intake/ case management system.Provide input and feedback on Healthy Together s intake process and guidelines.Participate in and Contribute to Learning and Coalition-Building Opportunities Attend and participate in all Healthy Together staff meetings, CLC attorney and staff meetings, and other internal committees and working groups as requested by the Program Director. Provide support to Childrens Law Center Policy Team in areas of expertise to address the systemic needs of the Childrens Law Center client community.Participate in community partner coalitions or external committees as needed and requested by the Program Director.Required Skills/AbilitiesStrong legal analysis and research, writing and oral advocacy skills.Excellent organizational and work management skills.Ability to multitask, prioritize, and meet deadlines.Demonstrated capacity to work independently and collaboratively.Effective interpersonal, communication and relationship-building skills.Cultural humility.Intellectual aptitude and curiosity.Bilingual English/Spanish communication skills strongly preferred. Education and ExperienceJD and DC Bar membership or immediate eligibility to waive in required.Experience in legal services or other community lawyering.
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