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Barton Child Law and Policy Center Fellowship (Post Doctoral Fellow)
Emory University in ,
Date Posted 01/07/2022
Admin-Legal Affairs
Employment Type FullTime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Emory University is a leading research university that fosters excellence and attracts world-class talent to innovate today and prepare leaders for the future. We welcome candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community.




The Barton Child Law and Policy Center at Emory University School of Law ("Barton Center") is seeking applications for its 2022-2024 Preventive Legal Advocacy (“PLA”) Fellowship.  The Fellowship is offered as a two-year position.


Fellowship Description:  The fellowship offers unique opportunity to gain experience in state policymaking, program implementation, and movement-building within the child welfare legal and judicial community. 


Fellowship Responsibilities:  The fellow will lead an initiative to increase awareness, coordinate and support existing and emerging preventive legal advocacy programs, and create a movement infrastructure to support efficient targeting of resources and program sustainability.  The fellow will support provide child welfare system leaders in states with access to research expertise, build a network of experts to bridge policy and practice, and work on policy reform efforts to improve the child welfare system.  The fellow will report directly to the Executive Director of the Barton Center.


Preventive Legal Advocacy refers to a range of advocacy approaches that prevent unnecessary family separation by addressing social determinants of health.  Targeted legal and social work supports are provided to help families resolve legal issues that affect child safety and well-being as a strategy for preventing children from unnecessarily entering foster care. 


The PLA Fellow will provide support and technical assistance to PLA programs, including coordinating monthly meetings of national workgroups; collecting and creating resources; inventorying existing PLA programs; assessing the PLA movement and developing targeted growth strategies; working with researchers and PLA programs to establish metrics for program evaluation; and creating and maintaining a PLA website.


Qualifications:  Priority will be given to law school graduates with a demonstrated interest in the field of child and family law and policy, strong research and writing skills, and experience in policy research, program implementation, and advocacy at the state or federal level.  Candidates must be able to exercise independent judgment about the priority issues and critical relationships of central concern to the Barton Center; responsibly manage multiple projects; communicate effectively orally and in writing; and complete assignments with minimal supervision. 


Salary:  This position is based in Atlanta, Georgia.  The Barton Child Law and Policy Center is open to remote work possibilities for this position for the right candidate.  If an applicant intends to work outside of Atlanta, the city and state where the applicant proposes to complete the work should be disclosed in the letter of interest. Salary is competitive with other public interest fellowship opportunities. Emory University offers a generous benefits package.      


Selection Process: Review of applications will begin February 15, 2022, and continue until the position is filled. The position will begin on August 1, 2022. Applicants are asked to submit

  • (1) a letter of interest describing the candidate’s reasons for applying for the fellowship (not to exceed two pages),
  • (2) a resume,
  • (3) a sample of legal, scholarly, or other written work,
  • (4) a law school transcript,
  • (5) the names and contact information of three individuals prepared to provide professional references. 
  • Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed.   


    To apply:

    All applications must be submitted through this portal.


    Deadline: Applications are due by March 15, 2022.


    For additional information, contact: Denise Fowler, Administrative Assistant for the Barton Child Law & Policy Center, at denise.fowler@emory.edu.


    About the Barton Center:  The Barton Center is a multi-disciplinary child law program whose mission is to promote and protect the legal rights and interests of children who are involved with the courts, child welfare, or juvenile justice systems.  The Center’s work is directed by Emory Law faculty who are leading experts in juvenile law, and is performed by law and other graduate students enrolled in the Center’s four legal clinics.  Under faculty supervision, students provide holistic client representation in trial and appellate courts and in administrative proceedings, and collaborate with state leaders and community stakeholders to improve child-serving systems through research-based, data-informed policies and well-crafted laws.  In these ways, the Barton Center is meeting the urgent unmet legal needs of individual child- and youth clients while concurrently working to improve the conditions of state child-serving systems, and preparing the next generation of child advocacy professionals.

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