Employment, Fellowships, Internships and Volunteer Opportunities

CCA is committed to an inclusive and diverse workplace, and seeks to hire staff that reflect racial, ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic identities of the children and youth we represent.

Project Attorney, Racial Justice Project

The Center for Children’s Advocacy (CCA), the largest children’s rights organization in New England, seeks a dynamic attorney for its Racial Justice Project. CCA is a non-profit organization dedicated to enforcing the legal rights of low-income children. 

Position Description:

The Racial Justice Project uses direct legal services, administrative advocacy, litigation, legislative advocacy and collaborative work with communities and agencies to increase educational equity for children and youth of color and defend the civil rights of children and youth of color who are subjected to policies and practices that result in racial disparities in educational opportunity and juvenile justice involvement. 

The Project Attorney will:

  • Lead Racial and Ethnic Disparities Reduction Committees in five Connecticut cities that have high rates of racial and ethnic disparities in chronic absenteeism and juvenile justice involvement. Facilitate work of Committee members, including school system, law enforcement, child welfare and juvenile court personnel, to analyze data and identify and reform local level policies and practices that result in youth of color being treated more harshly by the education and juvenile justice systems in those cities.
  • Represent individual children and youth of color in education matters, regarding harsh school discipline, illegal push-out, bullying and discrimination in school, and denial of adequate educational services. Legal representation in limited juvenile delinquency proceedings is optional.
  • Represent youth confined in or discharged from juvenile justice and correctional facilities to increase their access to appropriate education and other services and supports and reduce any barriers to reentry.
  • Provide training and legal consultation to parents, professionals and advocates regarding children’s legal rights and discrimination, to enable them to protect the civil rights of children and youth of color.
  • Collaborate with community partners and advocates to identify and address systemic policies and practices that contribute to inequities in education and the juvenile justice system, and engage in systemic advocacy to reform those policies and practices through strategies including administrative advocacy, participation on legislative task forces and litigation.
  • Collaborate with other CCA projects to analyze and address systemic problems in child welfare, youth homelessness and health through a racial equity lens.

The Project Attorney will be based in CCA’s office in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Qualifications:

Minimum of four years related legal experience is required.  Experience in education law is preferred.

Cultural competence, experience with children and youth of color and demonstrated deep commitment to racial justice is required. 

Strong organizational, interpersonal and communication skills necessary.  

Member of CT Bar or ability to waive in required.

Bilingual (Spanish) applicants are encouraged to apply.

Compensation:         

Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience. 

Application Process:

Please email a cover letter and resume to:  Martha Stone, Executive Director, at mstone@cca-ct.org. CCA intends to fill this position as soon as possible.

CCA is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to an inclusive and diverse workplace.

 

Post Graduate Fellowships

Center for Children’s Advocacy is interested in being the sponsoring organization for a post graduate fellowship application such as the Singer Connecticut Public Service Fellowship Program or law school specific fellowships.

The Center seeks 3L or law school graduates to apply for one or two years of fellowship funding from an outside source to work with CCA. If the applicant is interested in working on specific issues, we would be happy to discuss such projects. We are particularly interested in developing the following projects:

Racial Justice Project
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, and identifies and reforms policies and practices that lead to racial inequities in educational services, school discipline and treatment by the juvenile justice system. The Project provides legal services to youth of color who are subjected to harsh school discipline, illegal school pushout and juvenile justice involvement. The Project also co-chairs Racial and Ethnic Disparities (RED) Reduction Committees across CT to reduce overrepresentation of Black and Latino youth at various points of decision-making in juvenile justice involvement, and in educational services as they relate to juvenile justice involvement. The work is unique in that it provides an opportunity to both provide individual legal representation as well as advance policy and practice, including legislative advocacy and litigation. We are seeking a fellow to expand and invigorate the Project’s commitment to address racial disparities for youth throughout CT. 

Immigrant Children’s Justice Project
The Immigrant Children’s Justice Project (ICJP) 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. We are seeking a fellow to expand the Center’s representation of immigrant youth on Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, education, benefits, housing and immigration matters. Spanish speakers are encouraged to apply. 

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 Alice Rosenthal (arosenthal@cca-ct.org) by September 1, 2020.  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. 

 

 

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.

Summer Law Interns

The Center for Children’s Advocacy (CCA) seeks four law school interns each summer.  Legal interns work closely with CCA 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.  Interns will be given the opportunity to gain exposure to the work all of the Center’s attorneys do, including attending court, professional meetings, negotiations, trainings and other professional opportunities with them.  Background in these areas, either through experience and/or course work, is preferred but not required.  Individuals with a history of/commitment to public interest work and/or social justice are encouraged to apply. 

CCA 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; and two legal interns will work in our Hartford office. Candidates interested in either MLPP or our Bridgeport office should indicate this in their cover letter.

Applicants must have superior research and writing skills and excellent interpersonal skills.  Applications must include a cover letter and resume. 

Application Deadline
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, but must be received no later than February 15. 

To Apply
To apply for a summer internship in CCA’s Hartford office, please email cover letter and resume to Marisa Halm 
To apply for a summer internship in CCA’s Bridgeport office, please email cover letter and resume to Patricia Marealle

 

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 February 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: email Eileen Brennan.

 

 

Volunteer Opportunities

The Center is always looking for energetic volunteers!
Please email email Eileen Brennan 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 Eileen Brennan

 

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 email Eileen Brennan if you would like to help. Thank you!

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