Join Our Team

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 Culture. The Director of Organizational Culture works closely with the Executive Director to create an employee-oriented organizational culture that emphasizes equity, quality, and continuous improvement. A full job description and application instructions are available here

We’re hiring a Staff Attorney to join our Children’s Defense Team, which acts as the juvenile public defender in Orleans Parish. A full job description and application instructions are available here.

We’re hiring a staff investigator to assist in defending our clients against delinquency charges in Orleans Parish. A full job description and application instructions are 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

Applications for Summer 2021 are closed. Check back in the fall for information on 2022 clerkships.

Law clerks work closely with LCCR staff attorneys on all aspects of direct legal representation. Law clerks may also assist with systemic justice system reform projects through research, education, investigation, and the preparation of briefs and position papers.

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.