Join our Team

We are lawyers, social workers, researchers, fundraisers, volunteer managers and much more. What we all have in common is a passion for protecting the rights and improving the lives of children.

In addition to staff positions, we are always looking for volunteers – attorneys and non-attorneys – to assist us in this work. Periodically, we offer a number of internships to qualified candidates. We are interested in hearing from smart, dedicated people who share our commitment and want to make a difference. Council for Children’s Rights is an equal opportunity employer.

Mental Health Attorney
Children’s Defense Team

The Council for Children’s Rights is seeking to hire a full-time Juvenile Mental Health Attorney to join its Children’s Defense Team. The Mental Health Attorney will represent children in civil commitment matters in Mecklenburg County Juvenile Court. To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume by July 2, 2021. Applications that do not include both a cover letter and a resume will not be considered.

Responsibilities:

  • Represent all children, less than 16 years of age, who are facing civil commitments in Mecklenburg County Juvenile Court.
  • Handle cases as distributed by the Director of Children’s Defense.
  • Meet with child clients to prepare for court hearings and educate children on issues related to the rights of children.
  • Communicate with professionals regarding a child’s case.
  • File motions as needed.
  • Maintain highly detailed notes and record keeping in the Council for Children’s Rights database for all children represented.
  • Be prompt and professional in all communications in and out of court.
  • Conduct practice in accordance with the Rules of Professional Conduct and North Carolina law.
  • Adhere to all Council for Children’s Rights policies and procedures.

Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctor degree must have been obtained prior to completing this application.
  • Must be licensed to practice law in North Carolina in good standing at the time of completing this application.
  • Knowledge of current North Carolina mental health and child welfare issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with children of all ages in a culturally appropriate manner.
  • Translate legal concepts to age-appropriate language for young clients.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Self-motivated.
  • Ability to set priorities and manage workloads with minimal supervision.
  • Highly professional.

No calls, emails, or visits please.

For immediate consideration, please formally apply online and provide a resume and cover letter.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned this job classification. They are not to be constructed as an all-inclusive list of all duties, skills, and responsibilities of people so assigned.

The Agency’s policy is to provide equal opportunity in all terms, conditions, and privileges of employment for all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability or veteran status.

Juvenile Defense Attorney
Children’s Defense Team

The Council for Children’s Rights is seeking to hire a full-time Juvenile Defense Attorney to join its Children’s Defense Team. The Juvenile Defense Attorney will represent children in delinquency and civil commitment matters in Mecklenburg County Juvenile Court. To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume by July 5, 2021. Applications that do not include both a cover letter and a resume will not be considered.

Responsibilities:

  • Represent all children, less than 18 years of age, who are facing delinquency charges or civil commitments in Mecklenburg County Juvenile Court.
  • Handle cases as distributed by the Director of Children’s Defense.
  • Meet with child clients and their families to prepare for court hearings and educate children and families on issues related to the rights of children.
  • Communicate with prosecutors, juvenile court counselors, and other professionals regarding a child’s case.
  • File motions as needed.
  • Maintain highly detailed notes and record keeping in the Council for Children’s Rights database for all children represented.
  • Be prompt and professional in all communications in and out of court.
  • Conduct practice in accordance with the Rules of Professional Conduct and North Carolina law.
  • Adhere to all Council for Children’s Rights policies and procedures.

Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctor degree must have been obtained prior to completing this application.
  • Must be licensed to practice law in North Carolina in good standing at the time of completing this application.
  • Demonstrated courtroom knowledge.
  • Knowledge of current North Carolina criminal law and procedure, juvenile law, and be familiar with mental health and child welfare issues.
  • Trial experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with children of all ages in a culturally appropriate manner.
  • Translate legal concepts to age-appropriate language for young clients.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Self-motivated.
  • Ability to set priorities and manage workloads with minimal supervision.
  • Highly professional.

No calls, emails, or visits please.

For immediate consideration, please formally apply online and provide a resume and cover letter.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned this job classification. They are not to be constructed as an all-inclusive list of all duties, skills, and responsibilities of people so assigned.

The Agency’s policy is to provide equal opportunity in all terms, conditions, and privileges of employment for all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability or veteran status.

Council for Children’s Rights is a non-profit organization providing holistic legal representation and advocacy for children, as well as addressing community-wide issues through research and policy work. The Children’s Defense Team at CFCR serves as the public defender for children in Mecklenburg County, giving a voice to children in court and ensuring that their constitutional and statutory rights are protected. 

The Children’s Defense Team seeks dedicated, enthusiastic, and high-performing individuals for summer legal internship positions. Our internship provides individuals with important professional experience and opportunities to effect change on behalf of youth who have come under juvenile court jurisdiction.  Legal interns work directly with attorneys in an inter-disciplinary team with social workers, an investigator and a legal assistant. Interns will assist our staff attorneys with the following aspects of client representation:

  • Client and caretaker interviews
  • Legal research and writing
  • Trial preparation
  • Trail advocacy
  • Attendance at court hearings
  • Engaging in advocacy and education efforts

 

Applicant Requirements:

  • Rising 3L with North Carolina Practice Certificate
  • Demonstrated interest in criminal and/or juvenile law
  • Ability to deal effectively with children, adolescents, and family members
  • Demonstrated commitment and interest in serving racially and socioeconomically diverse communities
  • Previous work or volunteer experience with public interest focus and/or working with children

All summer interns should be able to commit to 10 weeks, full-time participation. All internships are unpaid unless the applicant seeks external funding sources.

 

How to Apply

Please email a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to internship@cfcrights.org.  Interviews are conducted on a rolling basis until positions are filled. 

In your cover letter, please address why you are applying for an internship with Council for Children’s Rights. Please discuss your interest in working with CFCR; any personal, professional, or academic experience or interest in the juvenile justice or child welfare systems; and/or how you will support CFCR’s commitment to diversity.

The Agency’s policy is to provide equal opportunity in all terms, conditions, and privileges of employment for all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability or veteran status.

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