National Center for Youth Law

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Attorney, Immigration, Oakland, CA

Position

NCYL seeks an Attorney join our Immigration team, focused on advocating for immigrant children, including unaccompanied children in federal immigration custody, and children involved in state child welfare and/or juvenile justice systems.  The Attorney will focus on litigating on behalf of immigrant children and supporting policy initiatives focused on improving outcomes for system-involved immigrant children.  In addition to being a member of NCYL’s Immigration team, the Attorney will be part of a dynamic and growing team of litigators.  The Attorney will report to the Director of Immigration.

Essential Functions

  • Supporting litigation efforts
  • Case development, including on-site interviews and investigations and analysis of potential legal claims
  • Legal research and analysis
  • Collaborating with other NCYL staff and co-counsel
  • Litigation, and post-litigation enforcement of judgments/settlements, including drafting complaints, motions, memoranda, and briefs; and engaging in discovery.
  • Drafting resources for judges, child welfare and juvenile justice professionals on a range of issues impacting immigrant children
  • Training juvenile court judges and other related professionals whose decisions regularly impact immigrant children
  • Tracking legislative and policy changes impacting immigrant children
  • Collaborating with immigrant children’s advocates throughout the country on litigation and policy efforts
  • Supporting fundraising efforts 

Required Qualifications

  • D. degree; admitted to practice law in California or willing to seek admission
  • Excellent analytic and writing skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Outstanding oral communication skills
  • Knowledge of the challenges facing vulnerable immigrant children
  • Creative problem solving and ability to stay focused on the big-picture
  • Commitment to NCYL’s overarching goals and objectives
  • Ability and willingness to travel
  • Skills and capacities associated with approximately two years’ experience at a public interest law firm or government agency OR approximately three years’ experience at a law firm with significant pro bono experience. 

Desired Qualifications

  • Significant substantive knowledge of immigration law
  • Direct experience with, or have been impacted by immigration issues;
  • Fluency in oral and written Spanish

Salary and Benefits and Location

This is a full-time position. Salary is competitive with a range of $60,000 – $75,000 annually. Current funding supports the position for 6 months, with the potential for the position to be extended based on current fundraising efforts.

NCYL provides health, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance, vacation and sick benefits, and an employer contribution to a retirement plan. Position will be located in Oakland, California.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume by August 24, 2018. No phone calls or emails please.

Apply at: https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Details/50835/National-Center-For-Youth-Law/Attorney-Immigration

NCYL is an affirmative action / equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, age, ethnic background, sex, disability, size, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

Applicants of color, those who will increase the diversity of NCYL, and those with personal experience with the immigration system are strongly encouraged to apply.


Senior Attorney, California Youth Justice Initiative

California Youth Justice Initiative
The California Youth Justice Initiative seeks to transform California’s juvenile justice system into a national model in which most youth in conflict with the law are diverted away from the system to community-based services, and all youth in the system receive developmentally appropriate treatment and rehabilitative services to improve life outcomes, community health and safety.

Position

The Senior Attorney will lead and facilitate a statewide collective impact effort in collaboration with community and justice system stakeholders to end the punishment of juveniles in the adult system; reduce youth incarceration and system involvement; expand community-based, trauma-informed, culturally-relevant youth services; and increase the capacity of system-impacted communities to advocate for reforms of the youth justice system. The Senior Attorney will also work with policy makers, system administrators, community organizations, and youth advocates to develop new policy proposals and guide implementation of ongoing efforts to reduce the harms of system involvement to youth in conflict with the law.

Essential Functions

  1. Developing and implementing youth justice law and policy;
  2. Building the capacity of community organizations serving vulnerable youth; and
  3. Supporting and developing youth justice impact litigation efforts. 

Core responsibilities include:

  • Identify effective and creative strategies for promoting youth justice;
  • Conduct legal research, policy analysis, and draft policy proposals;
  • Analyze, interpret, and present data from multiple systems;
  • Represent youths’ interests in the systems stakeholder meetings;
  • Facilitate meetings between diverse community and system stakeholders;
  • Track implementation and progress of youth justice laws and policies;
  • Participate in statewide coalition and stakeholder convenings;
  • Develop and provide law and policy presentations and trainings to system-involved youth, and impacted families and community members; and
  • Develop, support, and lead youth justice impact litigation.

Required Qualifications

  • Active member of the California State Bar;
  • At least 5 years of experience working in the juvenile and criminal justice fields;
  • Experience representing children and youth in delinquency court proceedings;
  • Excellent research, writing, analytical, and problem-solving skills;
  • Organized, self-motivated, detail oriented, and ability to work in a fast-paced environment;
  • Experience managing complex projects with a multitude of partners;
  • Ability to consider differing perspectives and respond professionally to conflict or disagreement; and
  • Ability and willingness to travel. 

Desired Qualifications

  • Direct experience with, or have been impacted by, the justice system;
  • Experience working with diverse coalitions including public and community leaders;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and high emotional intelligence;
  • Experience working directly with vulnerable children and communities;
  • Ability to distill and present complex information in a concise, understandable way;
  • Experience in justice system reform;
  • Experience with California’s child-serving systems, including education and child welfare;
  • Experience with federal, state, and local budgets and youth justice funding opportunities;
  • Experience with data systems, analysis, and research methods;
  • Experience with statistical software and/or Microsoft Excel;
  • Valid California driver’s license.

Salary and Benefits

This is a full-time position. Salary is competitive with a range of $75,000 – $91,000 annually. NCYL provides health, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance, vacation and sick benefits, and an employer contribution to a retirement plan.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume by August 16, 2018. No phone calls or emails please.

Apply at: https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Details/48911/National-Center-For-Youth-Law/Senior-Attorney-California-Youth-Justice-Initiative

NCYL is an affirmative action / equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, age, ethnic background, sex, disability, size, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

Applicants of color, those who will increase the diversity of NCYL, and those with personal experience with the justice system are strongly encouraged to apply.


Law Clerks – Fall 2018, Oakland, CA

Position Summary

NCYL’s mission includes advancing social, economic and racial justice, and we are committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion within. We embrace and encourage differences in age, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make those that work with us unique.

NCYL is interested in highly-qualified applicants with strong writing skills and a strong commitment to social justice. In particular, applicants should demonstrate interest in protecting the rights of low-income children and youth. NCYL is committed to hiring law students who reflect the diversity of our clients, including racial/ethnic diversity and diversity of lived experiences.
The minimum required time commitment for fall 2018 is 15 hours per week; applicants for full-time externships will also be considered.

How to Apply

Please submit the following application materials to: https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Details/47621/National-Center-For-Youth-Law/Law-Clerks-Fall-2018-Oakland-CA

  • Cover letter that includes ideal days/hours of availability
  • Resume
  • Short writing sample

Review of applications will occur on a rolling basis. NCYL anticipates hiring its law clerks for the Oakland office by the end of August 2018. No phone calls please.

Please note that this is an unpaid internship. Students should seek a clinical placement through their school or apply for outside funding to support their work. NCYL routinely works with law schools to secure academic credit for the student.

The National Center for Youth Law is committed to hiring a group of law students that reflects the racial and cultural diversity of our clients. NCYL is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic background, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, age, personal appearance, size, marital status, family responsibilities, matriculation, or genetic information.


Law Clerks – Fall 2018, Washington, DC

Position Summary

NCYL seeks law students to work in its Washington, D.C. office as law clerks during the fall of 2018. Under the mentorship of their supervising attorneys, law clerks in DC will research novel issues within youth law, write legal memoranda, and assist in ongoing and incipient litigation.

NCYL is a constantly growing organization. It opened a new office in Washington, D.C. in October 2017. The DC office is staffed by a highly experienced group of litigators with strong civil rights backgrounds, strengthening NCYL’s already formidable litigation team. Working seamlessly together with our litigators and subject-matter experts across the country, the DC office works on litigation projects intended to improve the lives of low-income children and youth.

NCYL works to ensure children and youth have the resources, support, and opportunities they need for a healthy and productive future. NCYL has a broad mandate, which includes engaging in work in the following areas, using system reform strategies such as impact litigation:

  • Child Welfare (including Medicaid)
  • Education for System-Involved Students
  • Adolescent Health, including Reproductive Freedom
  • Child Trafficking
  • Juvenile Justice
  • School-to-Prison Pipeline

NCYL is interested in highly-qualified applicants with strong writing skills and a strong commitment to social justice. In particular, applicants should demonstrate interest in protecting the rights of low-income children and youth. NCYL is committed to hiring a group of law students that reflects the racial and cultural diversity of our clients.

The minimum required time commitment for fall 2018 is 10-15 hours per week; applicants for full-time externships will also be considered.

How to Apply

Please submit the following application materials to: https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/List/1881/National-Center-For-Youth-Law

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Three academic or professional references
  • Short writing sample

Review of applications will occur on a rolling basis. NCYL anticipates hiring 2-4 fall law clerks for the DC office.

Please note that this is an unpaid internship. Students should seek a clinical placement through their school or apply for outside funding to support their work. NCYL routinely works with law schools to secure academic credit for the student.

How to Apply for Other NCYL Positions

If you are interested in being a law clerk in our DC office for spring 2019, applications will be accepted starting August 15, 2018. Spring law clerks are expected to work 10-15 hours per week; applicants for full-time externships will also be considered. No phone calls please. 

The National Center for Youth Law is committed to hiring a group of law students that reflects the racial and cultural diversity of our clients. NCYL is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic background, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, age, personal appearance, size, marital status, family responsibilities, matriculation, or genetic information.