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Senior Attorney/Chief Counsel - Children and the Law REQ 281

American Bar Association Washington, DC
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time

The ABA recruits employees seeking opportunities for challenging and substantive work defending liberty and pursuing justice in the U.S. and around the world. The ABA offers competitive employment benefits which include medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, a 401(k), commuter benefits, and more.

The Senior Attorney/Chief Counsel will work with our team to facilitate child welfare system change as part of our Permanency Barriers Project. Help manage a grant funded project and provide substantive legal guidance and support on other Center projects. Conduct legal research and writing, facilitate meetings with multiple child welfare stakeholders, speak and provide training and technical assistance on substantive child welfare topics including safety, permanency and well-being, legal representation, education, and kinship. Also work on grant development for new project areas. Supervised by the Center Director and may supervise more junior attorneys and/or other staff.


  • Guide legal system reforms and collaborative approaches to improving child welfare outcomes within states and counties.
  • Analyze laws, regulations, court rules and policies/policy proposals.
  • Develop policy and practice recommendations based on local engagement with child welfare legal system stakeholders.
  • Serve as principal ABA expert on a substantive area of law or public policy. Includes contacts with government entities.
  • Give presentations and trainings on legal and public policy issues.
  • Design substantive content of events, develop model documents, and conduct trainings.
  • Conduct research and prepare trainings, write memoranda and articles, frequently for publication.
  • Manage substantive legal projects.
  • Oversee research, report-writing, and publication. Coordinate or support sub-groups and coordinate with external constituencies.
  • Manage consultants, attorneys and interns on staff.
  • Research, draft, write and review legislative and regulatory texts.
  • Assist with ABA policy adoption and dissemination process.
  • Support Center efforts to secure outside funding; write grants; work collaboratively with funders.

JD and admission to the bar in at least one jurisdiction required. At least 8 years working in relevant specialized area of law. High level of skills at legal writing and research, oral and written communications, and organizational skills. Substantial experience in child welfare law and policy analysis. Grant administration and supplemental subject matter experience may be required. Some travel required up to 50%.

The American Bar Association is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for a position with the American Bar Association please call 312-988-5188.

Other details

  • Pay Type Salary
  • Min Hiring Rate $85,900.00
  • Max Hiring Rate $97,660.00
  • Travel Required Yes
  • Travel % 50
  • Required Education Doctorate

American Bar Association

The American Bar Association is one of the world’s largest voluntary professional organizations, with over 400,000 members and more than 3,500 entities. It is committed to doing what only a national association of attorneys can do: serving our members, improving the legal profession, eliminating bias and enhancing diversity, and advancing the rule of law throughout the United States and around the world.


1050 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036
Washington, DC

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