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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 Post-Graduate Child Law and Policy Fellowship.  The Fellowship is offered as a two-year position. with the possibility of renewal for an additional one-year term.


Fellowship Description:  The fellowship offers a unique opportunity for a recent law school graduate to gain experience in policy development, legislative advocacy, and clinical teaching in the field of child and family law. 


Fellowship Responsibilities: The fellow will work closely with Barton Center faculty and staff, and will report directly to the Executive Director of the Barton Center.  The fellow will assist with research, policy development, capacity-building, community partnerships, teaching and supervision of clinical students, and advocacy in furtherance of the Barton Center's mission.  The responsibilities of the Fellow will include, at a minimum:

  • Supervising students and providing skills instruction in the Center’s Policy and Legislative Advocacy Clinics, and occasional teaching in related child and family law classes
  • Researching and writing articles, policy papers, or other approved writing projects of publishable quality on topics relating to children involved with the juvenile court, child welfare, or juvenile justice systems
  • Providing legal, legislative, and social science research support for Center projects, trainings, and technical assistance
  • Leading and participating in ongoing advocacy efforts involving the Georgia General Assembly, state agencies, and organizational partners
  • Representing the Barton Center in advocacy coalitions, strategic partnerships, and community engagement events and activities
  • Developing independent areas of interest, consistent with the mission of the Barton Center


Qualifications:  Priority will be given to law school graduates within three years of law school graduation who have a demonstrated interest in the field of child and family law and policy, strong research and writing skills, and experience in public policy and/or legislative advocacy.  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; provide meaningful instruction to students; and complete assignments with minimal supervision. 


Salary:  This position is based in Atlanta, Georgia. 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

  • a letter of interest describing the candidate’s reasons for applying for the fellowship (not to exceed two pages),
  • a resume,
  • a sample of legal or scholarly written work,
  • a law school transcript, and
  • 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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