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Our staff is made up of deeply committed, hard-working, and passionate advocates for youth. We welcome colleagues of all backgrounds to join our team!

Employment

We’re hiring a Director of Organizational Effectiveness. The Director of Organizational Effectiveness works closely with the Executive Director to create an employee-oriented organizational culture that emphasizes equity, quality, and continuous improvement. The overarching goal for the Director of Organizational Effectiveness is to develop strategies to create an inclusive organizational culture that is a positive work environment and promotes a high level of staff morale and motivation. The full job description is available here.

We’re hiring a Regional Mitigation Specialist. The Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights (LCCR) is seeking a mitigation specialist to serve as critical members of LCCR’s Miller defense teams. The Miller Mitigation Specialists will work as members of defense teams for children and adults convicted as children who face life without parole (LWOP) sentences in pretrial, sentencing, and re-sentencing litigation. The full job description is available here.

We’re hiring a Youth Advocate in East Baton Rouge! The Youth Advocate uses mentorship and case management to help clients reach their goals in court and in the community. The position works within a holistic defense team to advocate and support children at the juvenile public defender for Orleans Parish. The full job description is available here.

We’re hiring a Youth Advocate for the New Orleans area! The Youth Advocate uses mentorship and case management to help clients reach their goals in court and in the community. The position works within a holistic defense team to advocate and support children at the juvenile public defender for Orleans Parish. The full job description is available here.

We’re hiring a Staff Attorney! The Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights (LCCR) seeks an experienced and highly motivated staff attorney as a critical team member of LCCR’s Miller defense team. The JLWOP Staff Attorney will directly represent children and adults convicted as children who face life without parole sentences in pretrial, sentencing, and re-sentencing litigation. The full description is available here.

Internships

Investigative interns assist in finding and developing material for the defense of LCCR clients. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Law Clerkships

Law clerks will work closely under the supervision of staff attorneys in all aspects of
representing LCCR clients, including legal research, fact investigation, drafting memoranda and
motions, developing holistic service plans, preparing for adjudication hearings, and litigation
where children are facing life without parole.


Law clerks may also assist in systemic justice system reform projects through research,
education, investigation, and the preparation of briefs and position papers.
Law clerks are required to abide by LCCR’s confidentiality policy, and to act at all times according
to the expressed interests of our clients. LCCR’s summer clerkship program is ten weeks
long and commences on Tuesday, May 31, 2022. We are planning to host our summer 2022 law
clerks in person.

Application Instructions
Law clerk positions are, generally, unpaid, and students are encouraged to secure funding
through their schools. Where needed, we will help clerks with obtaining funding from schools,
outside sources, or through LCCR’s limited law clerk stipend fund. We will also assist students
with obtaining academic credit for their work, if possible.


Applications open on November 1 and will be accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are
filled. Early applications will be given preference.


To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to lawclerkjobs@lakidsrights.org. Please do
not call with inquiries.

A full description and application instructions are available here.

Fellowships

LEGAL FELLOWSHIP (FALL 2022)

The Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights (LCCR) invites applications from law students and new lawyers who are interested in partnering with our office to pursue external fellowship funding. In the past, LCCR has hosted fellows funded by their law schools and by organizations such as Equal Justice Works and Skadden.

LCCR welcomes applicants with their own proposals for projects that will increase our ability to provide meaningful support to our clients. However, a specific project proposal is not required to apply. We are equally interested in applicants who would like to work with us to develop ideas for the fellowship project.

Organizational Overview

The Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights (LCCR) is a non-profit law office that fights to keep children out of the justice system so they can thrive in their homes and communities. We both represent individual children in their court cases and address the systemic issues that trap mainly poor, Black youth in the justice system.

Juvenile Defense: As the juvenile public defender in New Orleans, our Children’s Defense Team represents over 90% of children in the city who come into contact with the juvenile justice system. We provide each child with a holistic team – a lawyer, social worker, investigator, and youth advocate – to address both the causes and consequences of an arrest.

Juvenile Life Without Parole: We represent the majority of Louisianans who are facing or serving life without parole sentences for crimes they committed as children, which the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled unconstitutional in all but the rarest cases. We know that children can and do change for the better, so we fight for their second chance.

State and Local Advocacy: We advocate for policies that reduce the number of children in the justice system and provide better alternatives to arrest and incarceration. For the kids who do enter the system, we support policies that keep them safe, protect their rights, and get them home as soon as possible.

To Indicate Your Interest

Please provide a resume, cover letter, and three references to Ariel Test, atest@lakidsrights.org, with the subject line “Fellowship Application.

In your cover letter, please include a description of the issues you are interested in addressing through a fellowship project and at least one potential funding source. The deadline to submit materials is July 16, 2021.

Ariel Test is available to discuss potential project ideas and the application process in advance of the application deadline. Interested candidates should submit a resume and request for meeting as soon as possible.

LCCR values diversity and is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. People of color, women, LGBT persons, people with disabilities, and those directly impacted by the justice system are encouraged to apply for all positions.


LCCR values diversity and is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. People of color, women, LGBT persons, people with disabilities, and those directly impacted by the justice system are encouraged to apply for all positions.