Staff Attorney

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    1315 Walnut Street, Suite 400 Philadelphia, PA 19107

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The Education Law Center-PA, a statewide nonprofit legal advocacy organization that has played a leading role on key issues of educational equity and civil rights since 1975, seeks an experienced litigation attorney for a full-time position in our Philadelphia office.

The mission of the Education Law Center is to ensure that all children in Pennsylvania have access to a quality public education. ELC accomplishes this mission through multiple strategies, including direct legal representation, impact litigation, educating parents and students about their legal rights, working in partnership with community-based groups, and policy advocacy. Our work focuses on issues of access and equity for students historically underserved by public education, including students of color, students with disabilities, English language learners, students experiencing homelessness, LGBTQ youth, and students involved in the foster care and juvenile justice systems. We work to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline, secure fair and adequate funding for public schools, and ensure that all children have access to the full range of opportunities.

ELC seeks an exceptionally talented candidate with the following skills and experience to work in a highly collaborative and supportive office:

• At least 6-10 years of legal experience
• Strong litigation skills, experience handling complex litigation/class action cases preferred
• Excellent research, writing, and analytical skills
• Excellent oral advocacy skills and public speaking experience
• Supervisory experience
• Experience doing policy work a plus
• Ability to work collaboratively with client families and with colleagues and community partners
• Initiative, vision, and a willingness to use multi-strategy approaches to advocacy
• Demonstrated interest in ELC’s mission and/or experience working with underserved clients or communities
• Prior experience on the staff or board of a nonprofit a plus
• Admission and good standing in the Pennsylvania bar or eligible for admission by reciprocity

Primary duties will focus on impact litigation and direct representation of clients.  To apply, please submit a letter of interest and a curriculum vitae by email to hrphl@elc-pa.org with “Staff Attorney Applicant” in the subject line. Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Competitive salary is commensurate with experience, and generous benefits are provided. The Education Law Center values a diverse and culturally competent workplace. The Education Law Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability and encourages people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply.

About Us

The Education Law Center-PA, a statewide nonprofit legal advocacy organization that has played a leading role on key issues of educational equity and civil rights since 1975.

The mission of the Education Law Center is to ensure that all children in Pennsylvania have access to a quality public education. ELC accomplishes this mission through multiple strategies, including direct legal representation, impact litigation, educating parents and students about their legal rights, working in partnership with community-based groups, and policy advocacy. Our work focuses on issues of access and equity for students historically underserved by public education, including students of color, students with disabilities, English language learners, students experiencing homelessness, LGBTQ youth, and students involved in the foster care and juvenile justice systems. We work to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline, secure fair and adequate funding for public schools, and ensure that all children have access to the full range of opportunities.

Apply for this job

To apply, please submit a letter of interest and a curriculum vitae by email to hrphl@elc-pa.org with “Staff Attorney Applicant” in the subject line. Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The Education Law Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability and encourages people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply.

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