Children’s Law Center of California – Attorney (For Youth & Children)

About The Company
Children’s Law Center of California (CLC) provides legal representation for children and youth impacted by abuse and neglect. We advocate for our clients by supporting families; fighting for reunification, permanence, educational opportunity, health, and mental health wellness; and empowering and strengthening children, families, and their communities. Our informed approach to advocacy makes us a powerful voice in local, statewide, and national child welfare system reform.

We are committed to the holistic representation of our clients – understanding that positive outcomes are not determined solely by a legal outcome but also by a child’s overall well-being and experience within the child welfare system. To realize our shared vision of achieving excellence in child advocacy, we uphold the following principles:

VOICE. We are respectful and responsive to the voice of the client and advocate for our clients’ active participation. We ensure our clients have a voice throughout the legal process.

RESPECT. We are dedicated to promoting equality, respect, and dignity among all people. This includes understanding family dynamics and family history. We view children within the context of their families. We promote a trauma-informed practice.

BELONGING. We strive to keep families together. We believe every child deserves loving and permanent relationships. Every child deserves to feel safe, wanted, loved, and heard, and we accept each child for who they are and honor their individuality. We celebrate the communities with which they identify and foster community connections.

ACCESS. Every child deserves meaningful access to education, safe housing, health, and mental health care. We advocate for justice, inclusion, and full community participation, removing barriers, real or perceived, to encourage the widest possible participation.

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION. We believe in racial justice and equity in the child welfare system. Through our practice, we strive to dismantle structural racism and implicit and explicit bias that leads to disproportionality and disparate outcomes for Black and Native American families in child welfare. We work to remedy structural inequities for Black, Latino, Native American, LGBTQ+, people with disabilities, those living in poverty, and other individuals and groups that have been traditionally unheard and historically devalued or excluded.

CULTURAL HUMILITY AND HONOR. We honor each child’s heritage, culture, and traditions, and are committed to learning from and lifting the voices of our clients. We encourage our employees to bring their unique, whole selves to the work. Our workplace strives to reflect the communities we serve, and we seek dedicated professionals with varied backgrounds and perspectives, including those with lived experience. We recognize the impact of continuous exposure to trauma on our staff and encourage employees to maintain a regular practice of self-care.

Job Description/Duties
Children’s Law Center of California (CLC) is an employee-focused organization looking to add passionate, skilled, and client-focused attorneys to join our Monterey Park team. We are a dynamic, non-profit organization that is consistently evolving and improving to ensure the well-being and future success of our clients through a multi-disciplinary, independent, and informed approach to advocacy. CLC attorneys provides high-quality legal representation and advocacy to children and youth impacted by abuse and neglect. With over 600 employees and serving over 25,000 children and youth in the Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Placer County foster care systems at any given time, CLC is the largest children’s legal service organization in the nation.

Job Criteria

The successful candidate will possess the following qualifications and characteristics:

Juris Doctor degree and a member in good standing of the State Bar of California.
Prior experience in dependency law or trial experience helpful but not required.
Ability to effectively and respectfully communicate with children, teens, their families and caregivers.
Maintain professional and effective relationships with court personnel, coworkers, and other CLC attorneys.
CLC values diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect for all individuals in the workplace. We recognize the importance of a culturally diverse workforce across all job classifications, and encourage candidates with diverse backgrounds, lived experiences, and perspectives to apply. CLC is committed to inclusive practices in recruitment, hiring, promotion, and retention.

A valid California driver’s license, reliable automobile, and auto insurance required while working for Children’s Law Center.

Salary Range/Hourly Rate
$88,510 to $137,889

Other Benefits and Perks
CLC will pay the current year’s mandatory bar dues for all attorneys employed as of January 31st or any new admittee who has not yet paid bar dues.

Incentives for employees who carpool or who use public transportation to work.

CLC employees who have been continuously employed for at least two years may elect to receive one cash
payment per fiscal year for a portion of their accrued vacation time.

Durfee Professional Development funds available for all employees, in good standing, who have been with CLC
for at least two years.

Additional employee perks include an onsite gym, gardening club, lactation room, “zen” room and funds for
employee driven team building activities.

Health and Welfare Benefits
• Medical & Dental – Up to $1600 monthly insurance allotment for employees depending on elected healthcare
• Flexible Spending Account (FSA) – WageWorks Medical and Dependent Care Options
• Employee Assistance Program – UNUM Retirement Plan
• 403(b) Retirement Plan with up to 6% employer match Group Life and Supplemental Insurance Options
• Group Basic Term Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) with $100,000 benefit
• Supplemental Life Insurance – Up to $500,000
• Long-Term/Short-Term Disability
• Supplemental Disability Insurance
• Vacation – 12 days initially; maximum 20 days per year
• Sick Time – 12 days per year
• Personal Time – 3 days per year
• 14 Paid Holidays
• Up to 7 months of job protected leave for eligible experiencing pregnancy and childbirth employees
• 16 weeks of job protected leave for medical matters, adoption/foster care placement/parent of a newborn
who was not the parent who went through childbirth
• Bar and CWLS dues/NACC Membership
• Carpool/Public Transportation Incentives
• Vacation Cash Out
• Professional Development Opportunities
• Employee Perks

Job Category: Public Service
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Lancaster Monterey Park