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 Guardian ad Litem Staff Attorney - Washington, District of Columbia, United States

Job information
Posted by: Children's Law Center 
Hiring entity type: Other 
Work authorization: Existing work authorization required for United States
Position type: Direct Hire, Full-Time 
Compensation: ******
Benefits: See below
Relocation: Not specified 
Position functions: Legal
Travel: Unspecified 
Accept candidates: in same country 
Languages: English - Fluent
Spanish - Fluent
Minimum education: Doctorate 
Minimum years experience: N/A 
Resumes accepted in: English
Cover letter: No cover letter requested
Job code: / Latpro-3730179 
Date posted: Feb-17-2020
State, Zip: District of Columbia, Zip not provided


Children’s Law Center (CLC) invites applications for full-time staff attorneys to work with the Guardian ad Litem program to begin Fall 2020. Start dates are subject to change. Staff Attorney salary is $50,000 + $1,000 per each year of post JD legal experience up to 3 years + comprehensive benefits package.

Children’s Law Center fights so every child in DC can grow up with a loving family, good health and a quality education. Judges, pediatricians and families turn to us to advocate for children who are abused or neglected, who aren’t learning in school, or who have health problems that can’t be solved by medicine alone. With nearly 100 staff and hundreds of pro bono lawyers, we reach 1 out of every 9 children in DC’s poorest neighborhoods – more than 5,000 children and families each year. And, we multiply this impact by advocating for city-wide solutions that benefit all children.

Lawyers in our Guardian ad Litem program represent children who are the subject of abuse and neglect cases in DC’s Family Court. CLC attorneys provide child-centered advocacy to ensure their clients achieve permanency, maintain family connections, and receive the services they need to overcome the trauma that first brought them into the child welfare system.

CLC is committed to providing high quality representation. To achieve this goal, new attorneys participate in an intensive training course before representing clients and receive close supervision during their first year of practice. In addition, CLC maintains reasonable caseloads and provides ongoing training opportunities for all attorneys.

Staff attorneys work closely with CLC social workers, investigators and special education attorneys to advocate, formally and informally, to advance the best interests of clients with regard to their safety, permanency, physical and mental health and education


Requirements and Qualifications
Bar admission in any jurisdiction required by start date or sat for July 2020 bar exam
Eligibility to waive into DC Bar required
DC Bar membership required within 360 days of start date
Valid Driver’s license
Spanish a plus
Commitment to working with low-income clients
Cultural humility
Ability to spot issues
Ability to problem solve and think creatively
Strong independent judgement and decision-making
Excellent interpersonal skills (building rapport, gathering information, teaming)
Ability to multi-task
Good time management and work/life balance
Self-reflective, open to feedback and supervision

Application Instructions:
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. No telephone calls please. Send resume, cover letter, three references and writing sample (see instructions below) via email to:

Guardian ad Litem Staff Attorney Search Committee

Children’s Law Center
501 3rd Street NW Suite 800
Washington, DC 20001

Children’s Law Center has a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and cultural humility. Our aim is to maintain an inclusive, respectful and equitable workplace and ensure all employees are culturally competent in order to most effectively achieve our mission and secure the best possible outcomes for our clients.

Children’s Law Center is an equal opportunity employer. We provide equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibility, matriculation, political affiliation, physical or mental disability, medication, status as a veteran, tobacco use, or other classification protected by law.


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