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Employment & Internship Opportunities

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Associate Attorney (Two-Year Grant Period)

TYPE: Full-Time, Temporary (2 years with benefits)                        DEADLINE: Open until filled

PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

CLC is seeking a full-time associate attorney for a two (2) year grant period starting August 1, 2018 to assist with CLC’s Direct Representation Program. The position is only funded for two years, but has a potential to be extended. Specific work may include:

  • Working with volunteer attorneys handling CLC client cases;
  • Assisting CLC supervising attorneys and volunteer attorneys with legal strategy, motions, hearings, and trials relating to CHIPS actions and post termination review hearings;
  • Working with CLC social worker and CLC supervising attorneys in identifying issues relating to CLC clients and assist them with identification of plans and proposals for volunteer attorneys in their client representation;
  • Drafting legal pleadings and assisting in developing resources for staff and volunteer attorneys including brief banks, research files on specific topics;
  • Working closely with CLC’s Paralegal and staff to ensure court appearances are provided, assist with managing client files including attorney referrals, file opening sheets, Interim File Reviews, File Closing Questionnaires, and communication with volunteer lawyers;
  • Assisting with the development and preparation of CLC training programs on specific legal issues of importance to volunteer lawyers.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Required: admission to the Minnesota State Bar; experience with or understanding of the child protection system and courtroom experience.  Must be available to start on August 1, 2018.

Preferred: juvenile courtroom experience, excellent communication and interpersonal/teamwork skills; strong organizational skills; ability to handle multiple tasks and meet timelines; excellent verbal and written advocacy skills;  ability to develop training materials for lawyers; ability to elicit cooperation from others in a positive, constructive manner.

TO APPLY: Send cover letter, resume, a writing sample, and references to: Lilia Panteleeva, Executive Director, Children’s Law Center of Minnesota, 450 N. Syndicate St., Suite 315, St. Paul, MN 55104 or via e-mail to info@clcmn.org.  Applications accepted through July 6, 2018.

Children’s Law Center is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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Social Worker (Part-Time)

TYPE: Part time, 20-24 hours, benefits included

DEADLINE: Open until filled

PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

CLC seeks a social worker to be part of its multidisciplinary team to represent children in foster care. The social worker works with staff and volunteer lawyers to represent children in court. The social worker’s role in the representation includes meeting with the child clients and volunteer lawyers; gathering and reviewing new client files and forwarding them to lawyers; outlining placement, education, health and other issues and concerns for the lawyer’s attention. The social worker is responsible for ensuring client summaries and interim file reviews are performed and relevant issues flagged for the lawyers; responding to lawyers’ requests for information, assistance or advice on the issues noted above; working with lawyers on social work matters for their clients; and responding to telephone requests for assistance or information. In addition, the social worker will assist with CLC training and education programs, stay abreast of community programs and services relevant to foster children, and help CLC proactively address trends in child protection and social work issues.  Some weekend and evening hours required.

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

  • BSW required, MSW preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience working directly with children and adults in Minnesota’s child protection and public adoption system.
  • Demonstrated experience with permanency planning for foster children, including a solid understanding of the multiple paths to permanency available under Minnesota law, as well as best practices and trends in permanency planning nationally.
  • Demonstrated experience assessing the range of out-of-home placement options available for Minnesota children, and experience in effective individual placement and treatment planning.
  • Knowledge and experience with family finding, kinship searches, file mining, child specific recruitment, child engagement, and other strategies for achieving permanency for foster children.
  • Knowledge of and experience with child welfare issues under the Indian Child Welfare Act.
  • Comfortable with, and effective at, communicating with a diverse population of children, primarily ages 8-20, that have experienced disruption and trauma.
  • Effective at team-building with all players in the child welfare system, including foster parents, county social workers, guardians ad litem, parents and kin, therapists, educators, and others.
  • Knowledge of, and experience with, researching and assessing options for foster children in the areas of placements, education, and medical and mental health care.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with all types of professionals.
  • Good organizational skills.

 

TO APPLY: Send cover letter, resume, and references to: Lilia Panteleeva, Executive Director, Children’s Law Center of Minnesota, 450 N. Syndicate St., Suite 315, St. Paul, MN 55104 or via e-mail to info@clcmn.org.

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Undergrad Internships

Summer and Fall 2018 Internships

Description: CLC will be accepts applications from law students, graduate students, and undergraduate students to fill several unpaid intern positions for five to twenty hours a week. Intern tasks will primarily focus on assisting with marketing/social media, fundraising, and other necessary projects for CLC’s 2018 Benefit, which will take place in early October. After the month of October, tasks will also include administrative projects and social media development. Reduced hours can be negotiated for the months of October, November, and December.

Qualifications: – Ability to assist with special events – Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite – Strong problem solving skills – Willingness to be a team player – Strong written and verbal communication skills – Social media proficiency.

Interns are needed immediately so please send your cover letter, resume, and a writing sample to info@clcmn.org. Please include a description of the length of time for which you would like to intern/volunteer, along with the number of hours per week you are available. If you need internship credit or credit for volunteer hours, be sure to include any requirements from your class or instructor. Applications are reviewed and selected candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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Law Student Internships

Full-Time Summer 2018, and Part-Time Fall 2018 internship positions available.

CLC has many internship and volunteer opportunities available for students throughout the year. Internship/volunteer positions are unpaid. Summer internships and summer law clerk positions may be paid through work-study or fellowships if funding is available. Internships for class credit, or volunteer hours for class credit can be arranged if needed. CLC also accepts Student Law Clerks through the Minnesota Justice Foundation Volunteer Program. If you are a law student in Minnesota interested in volunteering at CLC during the school year, please visit the MJF Website to learn about available opportunities.

  • SUMMER INTERNSHIPS: CLC accepts between 1-5 law student, graduate and undergraduate students for 10-12 week internships in the summer. Summer internships require a commitment of 30-40 hours per week. Applications for these positions are due March 1st of each year. CLC also will help selected intern candidates apply for fellowships and other funding such as P.I.C. or P.I.L.F. funding. Interviews for Summer candidates will take place every year in March and April.
  • FALL & SPRING SEMESTER INTERNSHIPS: CLC typically accepts between 1-5 students (law, undergraduate or graduate students), during both the Fall and Spring Semesters. Typically students volunteer for a minimum of 8-15 hours a week for a semester. Interviews for school semester positions usually take place in August and December each year.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letterresume, and two writing samples to info@clcmn.org. Please include a description of the length of time for which you would like to intern/volunteer, along with the number of hours per week you are available. If you need internship credit or credit for volunteer hours, be sure to include any requirements from your class or instructor. Applications are reviewed and selected candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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Paralegal Internships/Externships

Paralegals, or paralegal students who need to complete an internship or externship as part of their degree are also encouraged to apply for internships or volunteer hours at CLC. For a full internship description please click here. To apply, please follow application instructions and deadlines as outlined under Student Internships.