Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Dream Job for the Education Law Attorney

Education law job opportunities at places like the NAACP LDF, MALDEF, the Lawyers' Committee and the Southern Poverty Law Center don't come around that often.  The same is true of the Education Law Center, the nation's premier education funding and quality organization.  Yesterday, I received notice that the Education Law Center is hiring a staff attorney.  Below is the posting:


Education Law Center (ELC) seeks a full-time attorney to join ELC’s legal, research and communications team working across the country to enforce the education rights of public school students under state and federal law. Specific areas of focus include:

• Vouchers: ELC is building a docket of litigation and policy reform to oppose the proliferation of voucher programs and protect against the diversion of public funds to private education uses. The attorney will work to advance ELC’s litigation and advocacy, in partnership with other civil rights organizations, to challenge proposed and enacted voucher laws and implementation of voucher programs.
• School Funding, Education Equity and Special Education: ELC has an active docket of litigation and provides legal and research support to litigators on systemic issues related to school funding, education equity and special education in the states. ELC works with local and state advocates to develop proposals, then engages private law firms to undertake litigation in these areas pro bono. Using this model, ELC has brought litigation to challenge inadequate school funding in New York; to enforce the right to special education for Flint, Michigan children; and to enjoin the diversion of public funds to private schools in Nevada. The attorney will assist in the coordination of these efforts and provide technical assistance to firms engaged in pro bono work.

Founded in 1973, ELC serves as the leading voice for New Jersey’s public school children and has become one of the most effective advocates for equal educational opportunity and education justice in the United States. Widely recognized for groundbreaking court rulings on behalf of at-risk students, ELC also promotes educational equity through coalition building, litigation support, policy development, communications, and action-focused research in states nationwide and at the federal level.
ELC’s legal and policy advocacy has advanced the cause of fair school funding, high quality early education, safe and adequate school facilities, and protection of students’ civil rights, especially for low-income and at-risk students and students with disabilities and other special needs.

Job Responsibilities
The specific duties include but are not limited to:

• tracking and reviewing legislation and proposed rules and regulations for legal and equity impacts;
• monitoring relevant litigation, providing technical legal assistance, and preparing amicus briefs;
• assisting in civil trial and appellate litigation in state and federal courts;
• coordinating attorneys at ELC and other organizations on litigation and other advocacy activities;
• drafting tools for legislative advocacy;
• producing news articles, policy briefs and reports;
• outreach and network building with those engaged in related work;
• providing technical assistance and information to other advocacy organizations;
• supervising law fellows and students; and
• assisting in the preparation of grant reports.


• at least four years of legal practice experience beyond law school;
• experience in civil rights, education law and/or policy;
• excellent legal research and analytical skills;
• excellent written and verbal communications skills, including social and other media;
• licensed in New Jersey preferred;
• excellent organizational, networking, and relationship-building skills;
• demonstrated ability to work in collaboration across organizational boundaries to achieve
agreed-upon goals; and
• commitment to the mission of ELC.

Salary and Benefits
Salary will be commensurate with experience. Paid vacation and sick leave will be provided.
ELC’s benefit package includes medical, life, and dental insurance, as well as a retirement
savings program.

How to apply

To apply, send a resume, cover letter and two writing samples by email to:
Theresa Luhm, Esq.
Education Law Center
60 Park Place, #300
Newark, NJ 07102

The position will be open until filled.
ELC is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages persons with disabilities,
persons of color, women, and LGBTQI persons to apply.


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