Employment, Fellowships, Internships and Volunteer Opportunities

 

Post Graduate Fellowships

The Center for Children’s Advocacy is interested in being the sponsoring organization for a post graduate fellowship such as Skadden, Equal Justice Works and Liman. The Center seeks 3L or law school graduates to apply for one or two years of fellowship funding to work with any of the following CCA projects: 

Racial Justice Project (based in Bridgeport).  The Racial Justice Project protects the civil rights of youth of color who are subjected to policies and practices that result in racial disparities in educational outcomes and juvenile justice involvement.  The Project represents youth of color who are subjected to harsh school discipline, illegal school pushout and unconstitutional targeting by law enforcement.  In addition, through administrative advocacy, litigation, legislative advocacy and collaborative work with communities and agencies, the Project identifies and reforms policies and practices that lead to racial inequities in educational services, school discipline and treatment by the juvenile justice system. The Racial Justice Project is seeking to expand and enhance its direct advocacy work in Waterbury, CT which has the highest number of school based arrests and the highest suspension/expulsion rate of public school districts in the state. Contact Leon Smith, Director, Racial Justice Project.

Immigrant Children’s Justice Project / Medical-Legal Partnership Project (based in Bridgeport and/or New Haven).  The Immigrant Children’s Justice Project advocates for immigrant children to protect them from exploitation and deportation and help them access educational services. ICJP represents immigrant children on immigration and education-related matters, works with private attorneys to increase pro bono representation of undocumented children, advocates for education reforms to ensure schools meet the needs of immigrant youth and advocates for systemic reforms that increase protections for abused undocumented youth in state care.  The Medical-Legal Partnership Project works in collaboration with medical settings across CT to improve children’s health through direct representation, education and training, and systemic advocacy.  We are seeking a fellow to begin a Medical-Legal Partnership with a Federally Qualified Health Center to represent immigrant youth on education, benefits, housing and immigration matters. Contact Edwin Colon, Director, Immigrant Children’s Justice Project or Alice Rosenthal, Medical-Legal Partnership Project attorney.     

Homeless Youth Project (based in Hartford).  The Homeless Youth Project serves youth who are homeless and unaccompanied (without parents or guardians). Some groups of youth are disproportionately represented among homeless youth; many of those served are LGBT youth, youth with mental illnesses, victims of sex trafficking and youth who have spent time in child welfare or juvenile justice placements.  The Project brings legal services directly to homeless youth through the Project’s unique Mobile Legal Office, a professional office inside a customized van.  To address systemic failures to meet the needs of homeless youth, the Project chairs the Homeless Youth Workgroup of Opening Doors-CT, working with state agencies and community-based providers to develop and implement statewide systemic reforms that will provide an integrated response to the needs of homeless youth.  We are seeking a fellow to expand the project and represent youth on education, benefits, abuse/neglect and other matters. Contact Stacey Violante Cote, Director, Teen Legal Advocacy Project

Qualifications
We are seeking fellowship candidates with a demonstrated commitment to public interest. Knowledge of children’s issues or education systems is a plus but is not required. The position requires individual client representation, excellent legal research and writing skills, and the ability and interest to address public policy issues.

To Apply
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to the project attorney listed above. 

 

The Singer Connecticut Public Service Fellowship (application deadline Dec 1, 2017)

The Center for Children’s Advocacy is interested in being the sponsoring organization for a Singer Fellowship application.  The mission of the Singer Connecticut Public Service Fellowship program is to have a long-term impact on access to justice in Connecticut by funding and supporting the placement of talented new lawyers with legal services organizations within the state.  For more information about the program please go to: www.ctbarfdn.org/Singer 

The Center seeks 3L or recent law school graduates interested in partnering to develop a dynamic fellowship proposal.  We are seeking candidates with a demonstrated commitment to public interest.  Knowledge of children’s issues or education systems is a plus but is not required.   

To Apply
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to fellowships@cca-ct.org

 

 

Internship Opportunities

Please note that the Center does not have funding to pay for internships. Students must secure their own funding from their law school or another source, or be willing to volunteer their time for an internship with the Center.

 

 

Legal Internships
Summer

The Center is seeking four law school interns for its summer program. Legal interns will work closely with the Center’s attorneys on individual cases, research projects, and systemic advocacy.  They will work on issues related to improving outcomes for children in the child welfare, education, health care, and juvenile justice systems. Background in these areas, either through experience and/or course work, is preferred but not required.

Interns will have exposure to the work done by the Center’s attorneys, and attend court, professional meetings, negotiations, training and other professional opportunities.  

Individuals with a history of/commitment to public interest work are encouraged to apply.  The Center has offices in Bridgeport, New Haven and Hartford, CT.  One legal intern will work specifically with our Medical-Legal Partnership Project (MLPP); one legal intern will work in our Bridgeport office; two will work in our Hartford office. Candidates should indicate preference in their cover letter.

Applicants must have superior research and writing skills, and excellent interpersonal skills.  Applications must include a cover letter and resume.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, but must be received no later than March 15.  

Please email applications to Attorney Leon Smith or Attorney Sabrina Tavi.

 

Please note that the Center does not have funding to pay for internships. Students must secure their own funding from their law school or another source, or be willing to volunteer their time for an internship with the Center.

 

 

Legal Intern – Medical Legal Partnership
Fall, Spring

The Center’s Medical Legal Partnership is a collaborative project that provides on-site legal assistance, education, training, and policy advocacy to central Connecticut pediatric centers. We offer internships to one or two energetic and dedicated law students for the fall and spring semesters and each summer.

Applicants must have excellent writing and legal reasoning skills, and should be familiar with basic aspects of poverty and public interest law.

Interns must have access to a car, and will be expected to participate in client interviews, negotiations, litigation and legal research activities. In addition, students will participate in and assist attorneys on matters at the MLPP sites at Saint Francis Hospital, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Charter Oak Community Health Center, Community Health Services, and The Hospital of Central Connecticut.

More information about the Medical Legal Partnership Project is available here.

Application Deadlines
For fall must be received by June 1.
For spring must be received by November 1.
For summer must be received by March 15.

Please send cover letter and resume to broswig@cca-ct.org 

 

 

Marketing and Development Intern

The Center for Children’s Advocacy is seeking a volunteer marketing, communications and development intern to assist marketing and development staff.

Responsibilities include website updates; donor data management; planning and execution of  fundraising events; updates to social networking sites; assistance with press releases and media contacts; publication updates.

Please email cover letter and resume to: sstein@cca-ct.org

 

 

Volunteer Opportunities

The Center is always looking for energetic volunteers!
Please email sstein@cca-ct.org if you can help us with events, mailings, office support, donor research, or more!

 

Volunteer Interpreter – Spanish/English
Support attorneys who provide legal services to Spanish-speaking clients. This unpaid position may be filled by a college or graduate student and requires a commitment of at least one day per week.  The Center for Children’s Advocacy will assist volunteers with work-study applications, service learning or clinical credit that is available from their schools. 

Volunteer will provide interpretation during client intake calls, meetings, and telephone follow-up. May assist with document translation and other administrative tasks, will learn basic interviewing skills and become familiar with immigration law, education and juvenile law. 

Qualifications

  • Fluent in Spanish
  • College or graduate student
  • Good interpersonal and organizational skills, self-starter and highly motivated
  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently

Your application should include a resume, cover letter and two references. 
To apply, please email Attorney Leon Smith.  LSmith@cca-ct.org

 

Administrative
Filing and organizing, data management, development research 

Special Events
Planning, logistics, day of event

Community Outreach
Spread the word about the Center’s important work

Translators and Interpreters
Accompany attorneys on client interviews, translate documents and forms

Holiday Gift Committee
Organize wrapping and gift delivery, coordinate gift donation requests

Advocacy
Contact legislators and community on behalf of the Center

Please email sstein@cca-ct.org if you would like to help. Thank you!

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