National Center for Youth Law

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Law Clerks, 2021 Bill Grimm Memorial Summer Clerk Program – Washington, DC or Oakland, CA

Policy Clerks, 2021 Bill Grimm Memorial Summer Clerk Program – Oakland, CA


Law Clerks, 2021 Bill Grimm Memorial Summer Clerk Program

William Lee “Bill” Grimm, Senior Director at the National Center for Youth Law, was a public impact attorney who worked for 43 years transforming and redeeming some of the most troubled child welfare systems in America. To honor him and his powerful legacy, in partnership with his family and friends, we have created the Bill Grimm Memorial Summer Clerk Program. Read more about Bill here.

Position

The National Center for Youth Law is committed to hiring clerks who reflect the racial and cultural diversity of our clients. Students of color, those who will increase the diversity of NCYL, and those with personal experience in our practice areas are strongly encouraged to apply. 

NCYL seeks 2-4 law students to support its Washington DC office, in addition to up to 8 law students to support its Oakland office during Summer 2021. Under the mentorship of their supervising legal or policy staff members, summer clerks will work on projects impacting low-income children and youth.

The Washington, DC Team

Litigation law clerks in the DC office will work with a highly experienced group of litigation attorneys with strong civil rights backgrounds. Working seamlessly together with our litigators and subject-matter experts across the country, the DC office works on impact litigation projects intended to improve the lives of low-income children. 

The DC office is also home to NCYL’s Education Civil Rights Alliance (ECRA), a diverse and experienced group of litigators, policy counsel, organizers, educator organizations, professional associations, and civil rights organizations that are committed to protecting the civil rights of marginalized students. The DC office intends to hire one law clerk to support the ECRA’s work.

Unless applicants indicate a preference to contribute to impact litigation or ECRA exclusively, the DC office will consider each applicant for both the litigation and ECRA law clerkships.

Essential Functions

Litigation

  • Research novel issues within youth law
  • Write legal memoranda
  • Assist in ongoing impact litigation efforts

Education Civil Rights Alliance

  • Launch state and local campaigns aimed at eliminating illegal education inequity, harassment, and discrimination
  • Build the capacity of state Attorneys General offices
  • Develop, collect, and disseminate resources for local stakeholders
  • Perform legal research through WestLaw and/or LexisNexis

The Oakland, CA Team

The Oakland office’s staff includes policy, legal, and direct services staff. Law clerks in the Oakland office will work with a highly experienced group of attorneys and staff with strong civil rights backgrounds. Policy and legal staff work on cases and campaigns in multiple states, including work focused on the foster care system, juvenile justice, education, immigration, commercial sexual exploitation of children, and health access and equity.

Essential Functions

  • Research novel issues within youth law
  • Write legal and policy memoranda
  • Assist in ongoing impact litigation efforts
  • Assist with administrative and legislative policy campaigns
  • Participate in community partnership work

Qualifications

  • Current law student
  • Knowledge and understanding of NCYL’s mission
  • 1 year experience with and or exposure to at least one of the following:
    • Communities of Color
    • Low Income Communities
    • Child or Youth Centered Activities
  • Ability to commit 37.5 hours per week for a minimum of 10 weeks, between June and August 2021

Stipend

Program participants will receive a stipend of $2000 to defray living expenses.

How To Apply

Applications will be reviewed until the positions are filled or until January 17, 2021. Applicants must submit the following:

  • Resume (not including GPA)
  • Cover letter describing your particular interest in working for NCYL and understanding of NCYL’s mission
  • 5-7 page writing sample that demonstrates legal analytical skills

NCYL will not participate in regional or school-based career fairs taking place after the January 17 deadline if all clerk spots have been filled. All students are encouraged to apply as early as they are permitted to do so by their schools.

Apply at:

https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Apply/359537/National-Center-For-Youth-Law/Summer-Law-Clerk 

NCYL is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, age, ethnic background, sex, disability, size, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, color, marital status, personal appearance, family responsibilities, matriculation, or genetic information.


Policy Clerks, 2021 Bill Grimm Memorial Summer Clerk Program

William Lee “Bill” Grimm, Senior Director at the National Center for Youth Law, was a public impact attorney who worked for 43 years transforming and redeeming some of the most troubled child welfare systems in America. To honor him and his powerful legacy, in partnership with his family and friends, we have created the Bill Grimm Memorial Summer Clerk Program. Read more about Bill here.

Position

The National Center for Youth Law is committed to hiring clerks who reflect the racial and cultural diversity of our clients. Students of color, those who will increase the diversity of NCYL, and those with personal experience in our practice areas are strongly encouraged to apply. 

NCYL seeks up to 2 policy-focused students to support its Oakland office during Summer 2021. Under the mentorship of their supervising legal or policy staff members, Policy Clerks will work on projects impacting low-income children and youth.

The Oakland office’s staff includes policy, legal, and direct services staff. Policy and legal staff work on cases and campaigns in multiple states, including work focused on the foster care system, juvenile justice, education, immigration, commercial sexual exploitation of children, and health access and equity.

Essential Functions

  • Research novel issues within youth law and policy
  • Analyze and interpret data related to youth systems
  • Support legislative policy and/or budget campaigns
  • Write policy briefs and other lobbying materials
  • Participate in state and local coalitions and provide technical assistance to community partners

Qualifications

  • Current graduate or undergraduate student preferred
  • Knowledge and understanding of NCYL’s mission
  • 1 year experience with and or exposure to at least one of the following:
    • Communities of Color
    • Low Income Communities
    • Child or Youth Centered Activities
  • Ability to commit 37.5 hours per week for a minimum of 10 weeks, between June and August 2021 

Stipend

  • Program participants will receive a stipend of $2000 to defray living expenses.

How to Apply

Applications will be reviewed until the positions are filled or until January 17, 2021. Applicants must submit the following:

  • Resume (not including GPA)
  • Cover letter describing your particular interest in working for NCYL and understanding of NCYL’s mission
  • 5-7 page writing sample that demonstrates legal analytical skills

NCYL will not participate in regional or school-based career fairs taking place after the January 17 deadline if all clerk spots have been filled. All students are encouraged to apply as early as they are permitted to do so by their schools.

Apply at:

https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Apply/359549/National-Center-For-Youth-Law/Summer-Policy-Clerk 

NCYL is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, age, ethnic background, sex, disability, size, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, color, marital status, personal appearance, family responsibilities, matriculation, or genetic information.