The Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative (TLPI) is a collaboration of HLS and Massachusetts Advocates for Children (MAC); its mission is to ensure that all children traumatized by exposure to family violence and other adverse childhood experiences are able to succeed in school. The Initiative uses multiple strategies to accomplish its goals, including individual case work, legislative and administrative advocacy, coalition building, cross disciplinary research and report writing, education of the public and outreach to the media. TLPI has been successful at many levels, from securing the adoption of laws and administrative policies to creating a coalition of schools in Massachusetts and other states devoted to trauma-sensitive approaches to education. TLPI's landmark publications, Helping Traumatized Children Learn, Volumes 1 and 2, have approximately 150,000 copies in print and are used in hundreds of schools and numerous university courses around the world.
The TLPI courses and clinics are integral to the Initiative. Law students learn to incorporate federal and state laws, education policy, and psychological and neurobiological research into their advocacy on behalf of vulnerable children. HLS students bring the lessons learned from their individual case work to the state legislature, executive offices, and the courts to pursue systemic changes. In addition to individual case representation, student work has included organizing legislative briefings, lobbying for passage of the Safe and Supportive Schools Framework statute and on budget issues at the state house, participating in administrative advocacy at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, presenting to psychologists on legal requirements in special education evaluations, presenting to parents on special education rights, and running a domestic violence outreach project.
Initially, the staff attorney will contribute holistically to TLPI's work across the following areas:
Client intake, case development, case consultations, brief advice, and limited client representation in special education matters; developing frameworks for law student writing projects; participation in TLPI's policy advocacy in administrative and legislative arenas; increasing the voices in policy of families and students, through providing legal trainings and building coalitions with community agencies, student organizations; conducting research and building substantive expertise to help TLPI develop policy positions on education reform issues that can guide its advocacy as part of TLPI's work to advocate for trauma-sensitive safe and supportive schools.
Please note, there is a strong internal candidate.
This is a term appointment currently expected to extend to June 30, 2019, subject to funding and departmental need.
All offers to be made by HLS Human Resources.
Salary Grade: 058
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
JD, admission to the MA bar and minimum 7 years of experience in related advocacy field.
Demonstrated research and writing skills suitable for publication and commitment to the needs of students at risk.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 45434BR
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