Kids First Law Center, a nonprofit serving children in conflict, seeks a children’s attorney. The agency has flexibility so the position may be full-time or part-time, based on the hired candidate’s preference.
About Kids First: Kids First is a fifteen-year-old nonprofit children’s law center with a mission to give children a voice in divorce, custody and other conflicts by providing focused legal representation and services for kids. Kids First is one of the few law centers in the United States with a focus on providing legal advocacy for children in family law cases. Kids First follows the best practices standards in Iowa and its attorneys are enthusiastic about being part of an innovative model of advocacy. A team of ten in Cedar Rapids serve over 1,100 children annually. The overall goals for Kids First are to create stability for children, lessen the effect of conflict on kids, connect kids and families to support systems and needed resources, and make children’s voices heard. At the center of Kids First's work is a focus on conflict-resolution and changing patterns of behavior to create more positive relationships for kids.
Position Summary: The attorney will provide legal representation for children in high-conflict family law cases.
Reports to: Executive Director, Jenny Schulz
- Meet regularly with child clients
- Develop and implement creative problem-solving and non-litigation strategies to lessen conflict in families
- Initiate and participate in alternative dispute resolution practices
- Draft pleadings and advocate the child’s position in court proceedings
- Consult and collaborate with the child’s teacher, counselor and other professionals
- Coach parents to improve communication and conflict-resolution skills
- Acquire knowledge of community services and connect family members to needed resources
Qualifications: Kids First attorneys build a rapport with children and meet with them regularly, are comfortable interviewing children about sometimes difficult topics, and understand and advocate the child’s position. Attorneys should have excellent oral and written communication skills. They must be able to work constructively in high-conflict situations and help parents who reach an impasse by reframing conflict and focusing on resolution. Ideal qualifications include a demonstrated interest in child advocacy or family law and public interest work. Applicants must be licensed to practice law in Iowa. Family law and litigation experience are preferred.
Salary Information: Kids First has a committed team environment with an egalitarian pay scale. Annual salary for full-time employment is $61,440. Generous benefits include 6 weeks PTO, sabbatical leave, and IRA contributions. Medical, dental, and vision insurance plans are also available.
Application Process: Applicants should email Jenny Schulz at firstname.lastname@example.org or send a cover letter, resume, and list of references to:
Jenny Schulz, Executive Director
Kids First Law Center
420 6th Street SE, Suite 160
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
Kids First is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against employees or job applicants on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, or on any other basis prohibited by law.