Join Our Team

Join Our Team

Join us in making a difference in the lives of children. KidsVoice offers a unique opportunity to work in a team environment in which the education, experience and skills of attorneys and child advocacy specialists complement each other to provide nationally recognized, top-quality advocacy for children of abuse and neglect.

KidsVoice offers competitive salaries and an excellent benefit package. We are committed to diversity and an Equal Opportunity Employer.

We have the following positions available:

  • Staff Attorney

    Please see our posting and apply via this link: KidsVoice Staff Attorney Opening.

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  • Education Attorney

    Please see our posting and apply via this link: KidsVoice Education Attorney Opening.

    You will be asked to create an account with an email and password. Please attach both a cover letter and resume! Thank you!

     

Staff Attorney

KidsVoice provides a voice of hope, a voice for rights and a voice of experience for abused, neglected and at-risk children who otherwise cannot speak for themselves.  KidsVoice vigilantly guides each child through the court process and ensures that every agency involved meets the full range of the child’s needs.

We currently have a Staff Attorney position available on our team that provides expanded support for all KidsVoice clients, but with a focus on transition-age youth who are moving on to adulthood. One of the primary responsibilities for this Staff Attorney will be to represent clients who have low-level summary criminal charges pending before local magisterial district judges (MDJs). KidsVoice clients with these low-level charges often do not understand the serious collateral consequences of the charges, and are not entitled to court-appointed counsel, which makes our representation of our clients critical.

In addition, the Staff Attorney in this unit would be responsible for assisting with the following:

  • Drafting and filing expungement motions for juvenile and adult cases, and working with outside pro-bono counsel to do the same
  • Working cooperatively with the team to run the weekly legal clinic at the 412 Youth Zone, where you will help identify and resolve a variety of legal issues for current and former KidsVoice clients (for example, landlord-tenant issues; social security issues; name changes; credit issues; health insurance disputes; guardianship issues; public benefits issues)
  • Working cooperatively with the team to provide general training (internal and external) on topics including those listed above
  • Providing coverage and assistance to other teams within the office for all of the above plus educational disputes and dependency hearings
  • Other duties as assigned

Required qualifications include:

  • JD degree and current license to practice law in the state of Pennsyvania
  • Preference will be given to candidates with experience handling MDJ hearings, dependency hearings, or with other related experience
  • Knowledge of education law, health care law, social security helpful
  • Knowledge of child development/welfare issues preferred

Education Attorney

The Education Attorney works with all of the regional teams in the office to address educational matters for clients, including school enrollment, discipline and special education issues. This position primarily handles cases in which KidsVoice is appointed educational decision maker. The Education attorney will:

  • Act as educational decision maker for clients when KidsVoice is appointed
  • Advocate for clients in court and other forums to address educational needs of clients
  • Participate in education related and other client planning meetings
  • Visit clients as needed
  • Provide legal representation to clients in educational matters, including discipline and special education
  • Train and consult with KidsVoice staff and other stakeholders regarding education matters

Required qualifications include:

  • JD degree and current license to practice law in the state of Pennsyvania
  • 1-2 years legal experience
  • Experience in education, child development, and child welfare preferred

Internship Opportunities

KidsVoice has both a Legal Intern Program for law students and a Child Advocacy Specialist (CAS) Intern Program for graduate students in human services fields. Both programs are competitive and are designed for students who are seriously considering a career in child advocacy.

  • Legal Intern Program

    The Legal Intern Program begins with a training program designed to ensure that interns have the tools, knowledge and resources to successfully advocate on behalf of our clients. Upon completion of training, each intern will be paired with an experienced mentor attorney.  The mentor attorney will provide the intern with regular guidance and opportunities to: shadow the mentor in court and in the field on visits and at meetings; help prepare cases for court; work with CASs; do legal research and writing; and handle hearings in court.  The mentor will gradually increase intern case responsibilities as the intern develops during the course of the internship.  

    REQUIREMENTS: Students must meet the following requirements to apply for and remain in the program.

    1. Students should be considering a career in child advocacy.
    2. Time Commitment/Schedule Availability – To participate in the KidsVoice Legal Intern Program, students attending local law schools must commit either to a two semester long internship or to one semester and one summer.  This time commitment is necessary because the objective of the internship is to provide a comprehensive child advocacy experience with the potential for successful interns to be considered for future employment opportunities with KidsVoice. For the semester long internship, students must commit to 16 hours per week, including having a schedule of one day per week with at least six consecutive hours of availability for court.  Any day of the week can be accommodated but the student must have the same day of the week available for court throughout the semester.   

      The summer internship is a ten to twelve week full-time commitment. Students who attend law schools outside of Pittsburgh may apply just for the summer internship as long as they meet the other requirements.  There may be funding sources that can provide payment to students in the KidsVoice summer internship program, including through the law schools, the Allegheny County Bar Foundation and other sources.
    3. Student Practice Eligibility: To participate in the KidsVoice Legal Intern Program, students must be qualified for admission under the Pennsylvania student practice rule.  This means that students must successfully complete a class in Evidence before participating in the internship. For more information about admission under the student practice act, also known as Pennsylvania Bar Admission Rule 321, please see: http://www.pabarexam.org/bar_admission_rules/321.htm. 

    If you are interested in applying for our legal intern program, please email a letter of interest and resume to interns@kidsvoice.org or email any questions regarding our legal intern program to the same address.  Applications for summer internships are due by March 15th.  Fall internship applications are due by May 1st and spring internship applications are due by November 1st.

  • CAS Intern Program

    The CAS Intern Program also begins with a training program designed to ensure that interns have the tools, knowledge and resources to successfully advocate on behalf of our clients. Upon completion of training, each intern will be paired with an experienced mentor CAS.  The mentor CAS will provide the intern with regular guidance and opportunities to work directly on cases including: attending client visits and meetings; helping prepare cases for court; working with attorneys; and observing cases in court.  The mentor will gradually increase intern case responsibilities as the intern develops during the course of the internship. 

    REQUIREMENTS:  Students must meet the following requirements to apply for and remain in the program.

    1. Students must be graduate students and should be considering a career in child advocacy.
    2. Time Commitment/Schedule Availability – To participate in the KidsVoice CAS InternProgram, students must commit either to a two semester long internship or to one semester and one summer.  This time commitment is necessary because the objective of the internship is to provide a comprehensive child advocacy experience with the potential for successful interns to be considered for future employment opportunities with KidsVoice. For the semester long internship, students must commit to at least 20  hours per week.  The summer internship is a ten to twelve week full-time commitment.

    If you are interested in applying for our CAS intern program, please send a letter of interest and resume to interns@kidsvoice.org or email any questions regarding our CAS intern program to the same address.  Applications for summer internships are due by March 15th.  Fall internship applications are due by June 7th and spring internship applications are due by November 1st.

ProBono Opportunities

KidsVoice is a member organization of the Allegheny Bar Association’s Pro Bono Center. Attorneys interested in providing pro bono support to KidsVoice may contact the Pro Bono center to register as a volunteer.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Attorneys experienced in juvenile law occasionally are needed to assist us as volunteers. If you have a background in juvenile law and are interested in volunteering with KidsVoice, please contact us.

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