The Gault Center is looking for an amazing advocate to join our team as Youth Defense Counsel.
The Gault Center is fully remote, so we’re looking for great team members from anywhere in the country. The posting will remain open until the position is filled.
ROLE & RESPONSIBILITIES
The Youth Defense Counsel works collaboratively with the Gault Center team, to support and grow the national community of youth defenders, strengthen youth defense practice and policy, and incorporate youth rights and racial justice throughout programmatic work.
ESSENTIAL ATTRIBUTES & SKILLS
- The Youth Defense Counsel must:
- Demonstrate commitment to advancing youth rights and interests through a developmental and racial justice lens.
- Possess excellent oral advocacy and presentation skills.
- Possess excellent legal and policy research and writing skills.
- Demonstrate outstanding attention to detail.
- Be able to independently lead projects with minimal supervision and to manage multiple projects.
- Be able to travel, considering travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Embody the Gault Center’s Values
The Youth Defense Counsel will be responsible for:
- Developing, coordinating, and facilitating training for youth defenders and other juvenile court professionals to strengthen youth defense and civil rights for young people.
- Drafting and editing publications and written materials to support the youth defender community and transformation of the juvenile legal system.
- Research and writing on legal issues that are the subject of amicus curiae briefs and other policy and litigation strategies.
- Supporting the youth defense community through direct contact with community members, updating content for the Gault Center’s website, and planning the Youth Defender Leadership Summit.
- Fulfilling technical assistance requests from youth defenders and other legal system professionals.
- Working with the Gault Center team to ensure that the Gault Center operates with a lens that pursues youth rights, racial justice, and justice for traditionally marginalized young people.
EDUCATIONAL & EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
- Demonstrated commitment to and passion for racial and youth justice.
- Licensed attorney with at least three years’ experience in direct representation of youth.
- A comprehensive understanding of the juvenile legal system and related policies and systems.
- Proven ability to work efficiently, timely, and with flexibility in high-pressure situations.
- Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills.
- Demonstrated accordance with the Gault Center’s Values
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