Thursday, December 13, 2012

Public Interest Job of the Week

Public Interest Job of the Week Children at Risk

Children at Risk is launching its 2013 Juvenile Justice Summer Institute, sponsored by the Texas Bar Foundation. During the 2013 Juvenile Justice Summer Institute, six law student fellows will conduct research on juvenile specialty courts throughout the State of Texas and across the nation. Research will include compiling an inventory of courts currently in existence, the juvenile population served, and the effectiveness of each court through recidivism and cost-savings analyses.

The fellows will also research specialty court models in other states, conduct analysis of current laws, and develop policy recommendations for the next legislative session. Fellows will attend meetings with public officials, judges, collaborative partners, and other key stakeholders, conduct personal interviews with experts in the field, and attend educational site visits of juvenile detention facilities, public schools, and juvenile specialty courts. In addition, fellows will participate in three Continuing Legal Education events to be held in Houston, Dallas, and Austin to educate legal professionals and other direct service practitioners in order to promote further involvement in these issues.

This 12-week summer program will culminate in the publication of a national report on juvenile specialty courts, which will be made available as a resource for attorneys, judges, public officials, and other community stakeholders across the state over the next year.

The program is open to 2Ls and offers a stipend of $1,500. Applicants should send cover letter, resume, writing sample, and transcript to the attention of Dawn Lew, Senior Staff Attorney, at