The Children’s Law Center (CLC) represents children in custody/visitation, paternity, guardianship, domestic
violence and connected child protective cases. Under the leadership of the Executive Director, the Appeals
Attorney will work to effectuate the mission of CLC to provide children with a strong and effective voice in legal
Under the supervision of the Writing Unit Supervisor, the Appellate Attorney will prepare motions, summations
and other trial level documents in the Family Courts and IDV parts, as well as appellate briefs in the Appellate
Divisions. The Appellate Attorney will engage in extensive collaboration with trial attorneys and borough directors
in connection with motion practice in the trial courts and will appear in the Appellate Division of the New York
State Supreme Court.
• Prepare motions or appeals.
• Foster team work with the social work and paralegal staff to best represent clients.
• Foster team communication on cases being handled by both an appellate and a trial attorney, including
making appropriate efforts to meet and discuss the case with the trial attorney.
• Develop solid grasp of posture of case, procedural history, and what is at issue.
• Written work is clear, concise, accurate in citation form and persuasive, with all relevant authority in support.
• Work on routine, novel and emerging issues in family, matrimonial and child-protective proceedings.
• Able to identify themes and the “big picture” in a writing assignment and is capable and comfortable handling
• Approaches issues from a child oriented perspective that effectively conveys the child’s position or
appropriately exercises substituted judgment.
• Manage overall caseload and meets both internal and external deadlines to mitigate unnecessary
adjournments or extensions.
• Is able to self-edit and is open to being edited by others. Is able to do line editing of drafts prepared by
• Prepare thorough oral arguments and displays professional demeanor and effective/solid advocacy skills in
the courtroom with articulate arguments.
• Incorporate the use of technology into the practice for workload and management of court appearances.
• With supervisory support, evaluate conflicting demands and prioritize.
• Perform other duties as requested.
TRAINING AND QUALIFICATIONS
Admitted to practice law in New York State with three years relevant trial experience
Must possess excellent writing skills
Strong interpersonal, communication, computer and organizational skills
Skills in advocacy, cultural competence, mediation and interviewing
Ability to work in a team setting
Desire to work in a busy office representing children
Demonstrated commitment to public interest and policy
Ability to prioritize multiple tasks
Proficiency in languages other than English desired, but not required
Works productively under pressure
Proofreads carefully and is attentive to detail.
How to apply: Submit resume, writing sample and cover letter to Charles Simpson, Human Resources Manager,
via email@example.com or mail to 44 Court Street, Floor 11, Brooklyn, NY 11201.
Application deadline: Internal applicants: June 29, 2011; External Applicants: July 15, 2011
Salary and benefits: This position offers a competitive salary and benefits package.
The Children’s Law Center affords equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without discrimination on
the basis of the individual’s actual or perceived age, color, creed, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, genetic predisposition or
carrier status, marital status, national origin or citizenship status, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other
characteristic or status protected by federal, state or local law, ordinance, or regulation.