2022-2024 Zubrow Fellowship in Children’s Law

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    Philadelphia, PA (Temporarily Remote)

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Applicants for the 2022-2024 Zubrow Fellowship should have graduated or anticipate graduating law school or a dual degree program in law between 2020-2022. The Zubrow Fellowship is designed for emerging leaders; no prior post-graduate work experience is required. Applicants for the Zubrow Fellowship should have graduated or anticipate graduating law school or a dual degree program in law between 2020-2022. There is no restriction on what an applicant who has already graduated has chosen to do in the time since graduating. Questions about eligibility? Email us at zubrow@jlc.org.

All attorneys at Juvenile Law Center, including Fellows, engage in a wide range of advocacy activities across both the child welfare and justice systems, which may include:

  • Monitoring, analyzing, and advocating for federal and state legislative and administrative reform. Fellows push for legislative reform at the state and federal levels, write reports and fact sheets highlighting the need for reform, and help create resources to better implement existing laws.
  •  Contribute to local and national policy, academic, and advocacy communities. Fellows work closely with prominent national and local organizations, including youth advocacy and community groups most directly impacted by the child welfare and justice systems, to develop strategy and propose policy changes. Additionally, Fellows represent Juvenile Law Center at local, state, and federal advocacy committees. Past Fellows have contributed to academic and policy publications, served as guest lecturers for local law school courses taught by Juvenile Law Center attorneys, and presented at national conferences and Continuing Legal Education courses for attorneys.
  •  Contributing research and writing for litigation. Fellows often research legal issues, draft memos and prepare language for motions and briefs for ongoing Juvenile Law Center litigation.
  •  Working on amicus briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court and state and federal courts. Zubrow Fellows work on amicus briefs exploring a variety of legal issues, such as juvenile life without parole, the right to counsel for foster youth, and youth sex offender registration.

How to Apply

All application materials must be submitted electronically in one application packet to Juvenile Law Center by 5:00 P.M. EDT on January 14, 2022. Please include in your packet:

• Zubrow Fellowship Application Form

• Two essays on separate sheets

• Resume

• Law school transcript

• Three letters of recommendation, including from: One law school professor, One current or former employer, One recommender of the applicant’s choice

• Writing sample (no more than 10 double-spaced pages).

All materials, including the letters of recommendation, must be included with the application. Please send all application materials as a single PDF to zubrow@jlc.org.

The PDF file should be titled using the following format: LastName_FirstName_ZubrowApplication.

If your recommenders will not send the recommendation to you to include in your single submission, please direct them to email the file to zubrow@jlc.org and title the attachment using the following format: LastName_FirstName_ZubrowRecommendation

Work Location Expectation

Juvenile Law Center’s physical office in Philadelphia is closed through January 18, 2022. We anticipate a hybrid work schedule in the new year. Juvenile Law Center’s office is open to use only by employees who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19. This position may be remote or in person. Once the office reopens, individuals working remotely will be expected to travel to Philadelphia on a regular basis to be determined based on the needs of the position as identified by the individual’s supervisor and the needs of the organization. All remote working employees will be expected to travel to Philadelphia a minimum of once every other month.

Covid-19 Policy

At Juvenile Law Center, we believe that we must do all that we can to protect the safety, health, and well-being of employees, youth advocates, guests, our communities, and others with whom we interact. All offers of employment are contingent on the candidate showing proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to pass the pre-employment requirements. Individuals in need of an exemption from this policy due to medical reasons, or because of a sincerely held religious belief may request an exemption from this policy. Accommodations will be granted where they do not cause Juvenile Law Center undue hardship or pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others.

Equitable/Inclusionary Hiring Practices

Juvenile Law Center’s mission is to advocate for rights, dignity, equity, and opportunity in the child welfare and justice systems. The diversity of our staff is critical to fulfilling this mission.

Juvenile Law Center seeks to minimize bias and the impact of structural racism in the fields we work in within our hiring practices. To that end, we focus on relevant skills and experience, and aim to de-prioritize information that can allow for implicit bias.

Juvenile Law Center is committed to advancing equity both internally and in our advocacy work. We recognize the urgency and necessity of actively building and supporting diverse leadership at Juvenile Law Center and in the field more broadly. We are committed to actively recruiting and hiring from communities most impacted by our work. Applicants working to advance equity and who identify with these impacted communities are strongly encouraged to apply and self-identify during the application process.

Juvenile Law Center is committed to cultivating an inclusive space that affirms and celebrates the backgrounds, learned and lived expertise, whole identities, and individual perspectives of our staff. We are committed to the diversity of our staff as it pertains to race, color, ethnicity, class, sex, marital or parental status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, size, disability, religion, national origin, and/or child welfare or juvenile or criminal justice involvement, including prior record of arrest, adjudication, or conviction. Applicants of all backgrounds and experiences are encouraged to self-identify during the application process.

Juvenile Law Center is an equal opportunity employer.

About Us

Juvenile Law Center advocates for rights, dignity, equity and opportunity for youth in the child welfare and justice systems.

Founded in 1975, Juvenile Law Center is the first non-profit, public interest law firm for children in the country. Through litigation, appellate advocacy and submission of amicus (friend-of-the-court) briefs, policy reform, public education, training, consulting, and strategic communications, we fight for children who come into contact with the child welfare and justice systems. Widely published and internationally recognized as leaders in the field, Juvenile Law Center has substantially shaped the development of law and policy on behalf of youth. We strive to ensure that laws, policies, and practices affecting youth advance racial and economic equity and are rooted in research, consistent with children’s unique developmental characteristics, and reflective of international human rights values.

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