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Junior Staff Attorney, Barton Center - School of Law

  • Job
    Entry Level
  • Legal
  • Atlanta

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  • You need a JD degree, GA bar membership, and 1 year of legal experience to join the Barton Center team at Emory University.
  • You will advise on child welfare law, develop advocacy strategies, give presentations, represent the center, teach students, and manage relationships with stakeholders.


  • JD degree and licensed to practice law in the State of Georgia.
  • One year of experience to include legal practice, experience working on legal matters affiliated with the center or clinic, experience managing a clinic, and/or experience supervising a new lawyer or law students is preferred.
  • Must be current members of the GA bar.


  • Advise on substantive child welfare law topics and making policy and practice recommendations as part of policy, advocacy, and system reform projects; formulate sophisticated advocacy strategies.
  • Give presentations and trainings on child welfare law and public policy topics, facilitate stakeholder groups and coalitions, design and deliver child welfare law content. Manage substantive projects.
  • Represent the Center in community settings and appear before the state legislature in a professional manner.
  • Develops and manages relationships with child welfare system stakeholders and advocates at and outside of Emory, at both the state and national levels.
  • Such participation in the community should be used to enhance the Senior Staff Attorney's independent professional development but is also expected to promote Emory and the clinic or center within the community.
  • Research and analyze laws, regulations, court rules, and policies; advise on policy development and advocacy strategies.
  • Alongside the clinic or center director, teach clinic students how to participate in policy development and advocacy and how to think about lawyering skills and challenges more generally.
  • Provides student attorneys with instruction, assignments, and written and oral feedback.
  • Shares responsibility with the clinic or center director for leading the weekly clinic meeting regarding the docket.
  • May supervise post-graduate fellows employed by the Barton Center.
  • Participate in decisions regarding which projects the Center will undertake, including how work will be allocated among faculty, students, and staff.
  • Assists the director with the operation of the clinic or center and administrative tasks as necessary.
  • Performs other duties as required.


What are the primary responsibilities of the Junior Staff Attorney at the Barton Center?

The primary responsibilities of the Junior Staff Attorney include advising on substantive child welfare law topics, giving presentations and trainings, representing the Center in community settings, developing relationships with stakeholders, researching laws and regulations, teaching clinic students, supervising post-graduate fellows, and assisting with administrative tasks.

What qualifications are required for the Junior Staff Attorney position at the Barton Center?

The minimum qualifications for the Junior Staff Attorney position include a JD degree, being licensed to practice law in the State of Georgia, and one year of relevant experience such as legal practice, working on legal matters affiliated with the center or clinic, managing a clinic, or supervising law students. Candidates must also be current members of the GA bar.


Mission & Purpose

Emory University, a top research university located in Atlanta, Georgia, is an inquiry-driven, ethically engaged and diverse community whose members work collaboratively for positive transformation in the world through courageous leadership in teaching, research, scholarship, health care and social action. The university is recognized internationally for its outstanding liberal arts college, superb professional schools and one of the Southeast's leading health care systems.