National Center for Youth Law

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Paralegal – Washington, DC

Deputy Director of Program, Policy and Litigation – Oakland, CA or Washington, DC

Law Clerk – Oakland

Law Clerk -Washington, D.C.


Paralegal

Position

The Paralegal will assist attorney(s) by providing clerical and research support services including document preparation and review; interviewing clients and witnesses; research, investigations, and fact checking; and trial preparation.  This position will include office management functions for the DC office.

Essential Functions

  • Prepare and edit legal pleadings, correspondence, reports, and other documents.
  • Finalize and file court documents, including generating tables of contents and tables of authorities.
  • Coordinate document productions.
  • Assist with administrative tasks, including copying, mailing, and data entry.
  • Organize, maintain, open, and close case and project files, including building and maintaining SharePoint sites and libraries.
  • Coordinate team meetings, including content management, resource distribution and logistics.
  • Conduct academic, legal, and factual research.
  • Assist with preparation for hearings, depositions, and trials, including set-up and logistics.
  • Assist with case and project management, including maintaining calendars and monitoring deadlines.
  • Review incoming and outgoing document productions using litigation support technology such as Relativity and Axcelerate.
  • Serve as a liaison with external parties including translation services, court reporters, witnesses, experts and co-counsel.
  • Provide technological support, including supporting the rollout of new technology systems.
  • Assist with grant applications and reports.
  • Support and participate in core activities of NCYL.
  • Oversee the daily operational needs of the DC office.

Required Qualifications

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Westlaw and/or LexisNexis.
  • At least two years of work experience serving in a litigation-focused capacity at a private law firm, nonprofit, or government agency.
  • Ability to prepare and edit legal citations according to the Bluebook.
  • Experience with online court filing systems, such as PACER and CM/ECF.

Other Qualifications

  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to learn new technology and software systems.
  • Paralegal certification or B.A.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize, meet deadlines, efficiently multi-task, and produce a high-quality work product in a fast-paced environment.
  • Creative problem-solving skills and ability to stay focused on the big picture.
  • Ability to work independently and intuitively.
  • Ability to represent NCYL in a courteous and professional manner.
  • Experience researching local court rules.
  • Commitment to NCYL’s mission and goals.

Physical Requirements:

  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times.

Salary & Benefits

This is a full-time, non-exempt, position. Salary is competitive at $68,765.00. NCYL provides health, dental, vision, life, short and long-term disability insurance, vacation and sick benefits, commuter benefits and employer contribution to a retirement plan.

Apply athttps://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Apply/248071/National-Center-For-Youth-Law/Paralegal—DC

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.  Applicants who will increase the diversity of NCYL are strongly encouraged to apply.


Deputy Director of Program, Policy and Litigation, Oakland CA or Washington, DC

The National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) advances justice by defending the rights of children and improving the systems impacting their lives. We focus on complex challenges that disproportionately impact children and communities of color and on solutions that require multiple public systems to change their policies, practices and culture.

NCYL is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion. We built our reputation and organizational success on embracing and encouraging the collective sum of individual differences among our staff.

Position

NCYL seeks a dynamic, strategic, Deputy Director of Program, Policy and Litigation, responsible for guiding the organization’s efforts on behalf of children and youth. This position will report to the Executive Director and be based out of either our Oakland or Washington D.C. office.

Essential Functions

  • Ensuring NCYL’s efforts are both responsive to changing conditions and planned strategically.
  • Partnering with the Executive Director to set the organization’s strategic priorities.
  • Increasing communication and collaboration within NCYL to deepen our impact.
  • Helping to lead efforts aimed at increasing organizational diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Leading a process through which our work on behalf of children and youth increasingly incorporates an explicit focus on racial equity.
  • Furthering our commitment to youth engagement.
  • Supervising and partnering with Senior Director level staff to guide, plan, and oversee impact litigation, policy development and advocacy, public agency partnerships, research, demonstration sites, communications, and coalition building, across a wide variety of children’s issues.

Required Qualifications

  • Passionate about the organization’s mission.
  • J.D. Degree, admitted to practice law.

Desired Qualifications

  • Knowledge of immigration, child welfare, education, juvenile justice, or children’s health care systems and policy.
  • Ability to identify how work at NCYL is interconnected and how our work intersects with deeply rooted structural inequities in our country.
  • Experience and success leading multi-strategy campaigns with deep and broad impact.
  • Significant experience in one or more of the following: policy development and advocacy; impact litigation; private-public partnerships; operating direct service programs; or research.
  • Experience helping to lead efforts aimed at improving internal diversity, equity and inclusion; and experience helping to lead system-change efforts aimed at dismantling structural racism and increasing racial equity.
  • Ability to supervise senior staff, including those working in other offices, in a way that is deferential to the expertise of staff and supports and furthers their leadership.
  • Ability and willingness to travel, especially to all of NCYL’s office locations.

Salary and Benefits

This is a full-time, exempt, position. Salary is competitive at $142,655, $156,966, or $172,651. NCYL provides health, dental, life, generous vacation and sick benefits, commuter benefits, employer contribution to a retirement plan and short-term and long-term disability insurance.

How to Apply   

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references through the link below. No phone calls or emails please. Apply at: https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Apply/184559/National-Center-For-Youth-Law/DeputyDirector-of-Policy-Litigation

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, gender expression, color, marital status, personal appearance, family responsibilities, matriculation, or genetic information. Applicants of color and those who will increase the diversity of NCYL are strongly encouraged to apply.


Law Clerk, Oakland

The National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) advances justice by defending the rights of children and improving the systems impacting their lives. We focus on complex challenges that disproportionately impact children and communities of color and on solutions that require multiple public systems to change their policies, practices and culture.

Our work encompasses policy advocacy, research, technical assistance, public awareness, and impact litigation in the areas of child welfare (foster care), education access and equity, commercial sexual exploitation of children, juvenile justice, the school-to-prison pipeline, adolescent health, reproductive justice, and immigration.

About the Law Clerkship

Law clerks work with NCYL attorneys on litigation and policy projects. Under the mentorship of their supervising attorneys, clerks research novel issues within youth law, write legal and policy memoranda, and assist in ongoing litigation, policy, and legislative efforts. NCYL offers a robust law and policy training program to all law clerks.

NCYL is headquartered in Oakland, CA, but also offers summer law clerk positions in its Washington, DC office. See our Washington, DC posting to apply specifically to that office, or note your interest in that location in this application, if you are open to working in either Oakland or DC.

Requirements

  • NCYL is interested in applicants with a strong commitment to social justice. In particular, applicants should demonstrate interest in protecting the rights of low-income children and youth.
  • Applicants must be current law students.
  • The required time commitment for Summer 2020 is 37.5 hours per week for ten weeks, from June to August. Start and end dates are somewhat flexible.

To Apply  

Click here to apply. Please submit the following application materials:

  • One-page cover letter (including a description of your commitment to social justice and your specific interests in NCYL’s work)
  • One-page resume
  • Short (4-6 pages) writing sample from law school or past law school internship

Applicants with promising applications are contacted for a 30-minute phone interview. NCYL anticipates hiring 6-9 summer law clerks for the Oakland office. Law clerks interested in working on commercial sexual exploitation of children and juvenile justice policy initiatives may be located in Los Angeles, CA and San Jose, CA, respectively.

Deadline

NCYL reviews applications and makes hiring decisions on a rolling basis. The final application deadline is January 17, 2020.

Financial Assistance

NCYL offers a $1,000 cost of living stipend to all law clerks. Please note that NCYL does not offer paid clerkships. However, NCYL is committed, subject to available resources, to assist those who require financial assistance in order to accept this position. NCYL encourages students to 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.

Commitments

The National Center for Youth Law is committed to hiring a group of students that 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 as a summer clerk.

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, disability, religion, age, personal appearance, size, marital status, family responsibilities, matriculation, or genetic information.


Law Clerk, Washington, DC

National Center for Youth Law 

The National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) advances justice by defending the rights of children and improving the systems impacting their lives. We focus on complex challenges that disproportionately impact children and communities of color and on solutions that require multiple public systems to change their policies, practices and culture.

Our work encompasses policy advocacy, research, technical assistance, public awareness, and impact litigation in the areas of child welfare, education access and equity, commercial sexual exploitation of children, juvenile justice, the school-to-prison pipeline and immigration

NCYL is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion. We built our reputation and organizational success on embracing and encouraging the collective sum of individual differences among our staff.

Requirements
  • The National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) seeks law students to work in its Oakland and Washington DC offices during Fall 2019, and Spring & Summer 2020. Law clerks will work closely with NCYL attorneys on projects impacting low-income children and youth.
  • NCYL is interested in applicants with a strong commitment to social justice. In particular, applicants should demonstrate interest in protecting the rights of low-income children and youth. Under the mentorship of their supervising attorneys, clerks will research novel issues within youth law, write legal and policy memoranda, and assist in ongoing litigation, policy, and legislative efforts.
  • The minimum required time commitment for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 is 10-15 hours per week; applicants for full-time externships will also be considered.
  • The required time commitment for Summer 2020 is 37.5 hours per week for ten weeks.

Education Civil Rights Alliance Clerkship

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. This law clerk will support aspects of the following ECRA projects:

  • Launching state and local campaigns aimed at eliminating illegal education inequity, harassment, and discrimination, including the inequitable distribution of resources, through legal action and other strategies;
  • Building the capacity of state Attorney General offices to protect and strengthen foundational education equity;
  • Developing, collecting, and disseminating resources to help local stakeholders ensure schools in their communities are safe, supportive, and educate students
  • Elevating the voice of educators and ensuring their lived experiences in the classroom is informing solutions; and
  • Raising public awareness of the challenges marginalized students experience, and of the potential for legal action.

Unless applicants indicate a preference to contribute to litigation or ECRA exclusively, the DC office will consider each applicant for both the litigation clerkship and the ECRA clerkship.  Applicants for the ECRA clerkship must be comfortable with legal research through WestLaw and/or LexisNexis.

To Apply 

Please submit the following application materials to the applicable links below:

  • Cover letter (including any specific interests in NCYL’s ongoing projects)
  • Resume
  • Short writing sample

NCYL anticipates hiring 2-4 fall law clerks, 2-4 spring law clerks and 2-4 summer law clerks for the DC office. Click here to apply.

Deadlines

NCYL recruits law students throughout the year and reviews applications on a rolling basis.  Application deadlines are as follows:

  • Fall 2019: August 30, 2019
  • Spring 2020: November 8, 2019
  • Summer 2020: January 17, 2020

NCYL offers a $1,000 cost of living stipend to all law clerks. Please note that NCYL does not offer paid clerkships. However, NCYL is committed, subject to available resources, to assist those who require financial assistance in order to accept this position. NCYL encourages students to 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 students that 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 as a summer clerk.

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, disability, religion, age, personal appearance, size, marital status, family responsibilities, matriculation, or genetic information.