Right to a High-Quality Education for All (RHQEA) Initiative
The Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts, a legal advocacy and resource center for low-income children and youth, seeks an attorney to lead a new collaborative initiative designed to enforce the rights of indigent public school students to a high-quality education. The attorney will identify and target policies, practices and other barriers that systemically deny equitable educational opportunities to students within protected population groups (race, national origin, ethnicity, language status, disability, sex/gender/sexual preference/gender identity, socioeconomic status) from receiving optimal, content-rich curricula and instruction provided by qualified teachers and paraprofessionals, including bilingual and culturally competent personnel and service providers such as social workers, mental health counselors, school psychologists, and nurses.
In collaboration with other legal services offices and field attorneys across the state representing these youth and members of their school communities, the attorney will utilize strategies, including administrative advocacy and litigation, that rely upon disparate impact analysis to protect the adversely-affected classes of students.
Qualifications for the Position
- J.D. or LLM degree with admission to the Massachusetts state bar
- One to three years of experience in education law
- Experience representing low-income individuals and people from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds
- Robust legal research, writing and analytical skills
- Demonstrated commitment to addressing social justice concerns; familiarity with inequities in public education, in particular barriers confronting marginalized students who are disproportionately students of color, English learners, and students with disabilities
- Basic knowledge and understanding of Title I affecting economically
disadvantaged students, special education law, and federal civil rights laws
- Strong written and oral communication skills
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team.
Teaching or other experience working with students, multilingualism, and prior legal experience, particularly as it pertains to education law, litigation and administrative advocacy, are highly desirable.
Review of applications will begin immediately; position will be open until filled. Please submit a letter of interest, resume, writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org with Subject Line: CLCM RHQEA Education Attorney.
Compensation and Benefits
Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent health/other benefits.
CLCM is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity in the workplace, and encourages all applicants, regardless of age, race, national origin, religion, gender, disability or sexual orientation to apply. CLCM strives to foster a healthy, inclusive environment where all staff, clients, and community members are valued, empowered and recognized.