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Emory Summer Child Advocacy Program 2019
2019 Placements for the Atlanta Area

NOTE: These placements, posted 11/21/18, are listed here for the applicants of the ESCAP only. Please do not contact placements outside of the application process regarding ESCAP without express permission from Michele Papotto (404) 712-8367. If you missed the application period, contact Michele Papotto for further details.

Title:

Dekalb County Child Advocacy Center

Contact Person: Charla Dean
Address:

4309 Memorial Drive
Decatur, GA  30032

Phone: (404) 294-2655
Email: cdean(at)dekalbcountyga.gov
Type Of Student: This placement requires a law student - rising 2L or 3L or MSW
Job Description:

The intern will be working with multiple staff members doing legal research, observing in court, accompanying investigators and social workers on client visits and stakeholders' meetings. Those that can do third year practice have the opportunity to practice in court with supervision. There will be administrative tasks and projects mixed in as well. Personal Transportation is a plus, but not required. Travel (with exceptions) in a personal vehicle may be reimbursed according to DeKalb County guidelines. Transportation to and from the office is the responsibility of the intern.

Legal research skills are required. Our office uses Lexis legal research provider. The ideal candidate will be able to go beyond legal research to provide additional information on mental health, medical and social issues. Good legal writing and general writing skills are required. The intern will have to draft memos, professional emails as well as various writing to turn in assignments from staff. Previous experience working with children and teenagers is a bonus but not required.
Other:

Our office is accessible by public transportation. We are walking distance from the Kensington MARTA train station and are on a MARTA bus route.

Research Project:

Yes.


Title: DeKalb County Court Appointed Special Advocates
Contact Person: Tara Daniels
Address:

Gregory A. Adams Juvenile Justice Center
4309 Memorial Drive
Decatur, GA 30032
www.dekalbcasa.org

Phone:

(404) 378-0038

Email:

tara(at)dekalbcasa.org

Type Of Student: This placement is open to MPH and MSW students.
Job Description: Become knowledgeable about child abuse and neglect-statistics, contributing factors, prevention and intervention resources; shadow and assist Advocacy Coordinators by attending court hearings/panel reviews/home visits; documenting updated information in case files, and entering updates in database; providing support at DeKalb CASA events: Community Outreach, Volunteer Orientation Sessions, Volunteer Training Sessions, Lunch and Learns and other In-Service Training, Fundraising events, etc.
Qualities: Attention to detail, desire to learn, organized, excellent communication skills, ability to maintain confidentiality,and proactive.
Other: The DeKalb County CASA Program is conveniently located on Memorial Drive in Decatur, GA. right by I-285. The office is also within walking distance off the Kennsington MARTA Train Station and is on the MARTA Bus Line.
Research Project:

No



Title:

Fulton County Office of the Child Attorney

Contact Person: Roberta Cooper
Address: 395 Pryor Street SW
Suite 4098
Atlanta, GA  30312
Phone: (404) 613-4712
Email: roberta.cooper(at)fultoncountyga.gov
Type Of Student: This placement requires a law student -- rising 2L or 3L.
Job Description: Interns will assist Child Attorneys in preparing for all stages of litigation and follow-up on behalf of children who are the subject of dependency proceedings brought by the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) or by private individuals. Interns will work on both new and ongoing cases at various stages, from the preliminary protective hearings to termination of parental rights reviews. This is internship is volunteer or for academic credit only. Interns who have met the requirements of Georgia's Law Student Practice Act will be assigned a small caseload and make court appearances under the supervision of a Child Attorney. The duties and responsibilities of the interns will also include: (1) interviewing clients, parents, case managers and other persons with relevant case information; (2) assisting with the drafting of pleadings, motions, appeal briefs and other trial and post-trial preparatory documents; (3) initiating and following up on investigation requests; (4) reviewing case files, Citizen Panel reports, CASA reports, medical records and other relevant documents and summarizing pertinent information from said documents; (5) conducting legal research and keeping up with the latest case law applicable to dependency issues; (6) locating and recommending appropriate support services to children and their families; (7) performing child placement visits; (8) attending specialized meetings and reviews including, but not limited to Family Drug Court, Panel Reviews and School hearings; (9) assisting administrative staff with pre-court file preparation and management including, but not limited to inputting case and hearing information into the Office's case management reporting system (JCATS); and (10) observing and documenting dependency proceedings at Fulton County Juvenile Court.
Qualities:

1) Excellent legal research , writing, and communications skills
2) Submit a sample brief, order, or legal memorandum
3) Certification under Georgia Law Student Practice Act prior to placement would be very helpful for in-court practical experience. However, certification is not required.

Other: Applicant will be required obtain temporary Fulton County ID badge and must have valid State ID or passport for fingerprints due to nature and sensitivity of the abuse and neglect cases we handle in the Fulton County Office of the Child Attorney. This is separate and in addition to any onboarding requirements for employment through ESCAP.

Free parking available and conveniently located at a Marta bus stop.
Research Project:

No



Title: Fulton County Juvenile Court
The Honorable Renata Turner
Contact Person: Bessie DeBowles
Address: 395 Pryor Street SW
Suite 4079
Atlanta, GA  30312
Phone: (404) 612-4530
Email:

bessie.debowles(at)fultoncountyga.gov

Type Of Student: This placement accepts law student--rising 2L.
Job Description: Intern will participate in court observations, review and draft court orders, and research topics as needed.
Qualities:

 

 

Other:
Research Project:

No


Title:

Fulton County Juvenile Court
The Honorable Bradley Boyd

Contact Person: Elizabeth Higgins-Brooks or
Dana McClure
Address: 395 Pryor Street
Atlanta, GA  30312
Phone: (404) 612-4423 (Ms. Higgins-Brooks)
(404) 612-4422 (Ms. McClure)
Email: elizabeth.brooks(at)fultoncountyga.gov or dana.mcclure@fultoncountyga.gov
Type Of Student: This placement requires law student - rising 3L
Job Description: The intern would be working on a research project for Judge Bradley J. Boyd regarding children's constitutional rights, especially in cases where parental rights are being terminated. This will include reviewing current GA Court of Appeals cases where a TPR was overturned and developing arguments about why the TPR should stand if it were to be argued at the GA Supreme Court. No travel requirements. Student will be working at the Fulton County Juvenile Court.
Qualities: Strong interest in child welfare and dependency
Strong research and writing skills
Ability to work independently
Other:

 


Research Project:

Yes.



Title:

Georgia Court Appointed Special Advocate

Contact Person: Angela Tyner
Address:

75 Marietta Street, NW
Suite 404
Atlanta, GA 30303

Phone: (770) 874-2888
Email: atyner(at)gacasa.org
Type Of Student: Law student - rising 2L or rising 3L
Job Description:

The intern can expect to participate in the following activities:
* Develop resources and practice guidance for affiliates on various advocacy/court-related and nonprofit/legal topics;
* Explore issues facing children in foster care, such as kinship care, transitioning to adulthood, and placement stability;
* Work closely with the Affiliate Services and Advocacy teams on timely, relevant initiatives benefiting the CASA network in GA;
* Shadow the Advocacy Director and other team members by attending meetings and participating in trainings throughout internship;
* Observe juvenile court dependency proceedings in various counties

Qualities:

Interest in child advocacy and improving the quality of GAL/best interest advocacy for children in foster care, supporting and empowering volunteers, legislative advocacy, and/or nonprofit management.

Other:

We're an inclusive, fun team that shares a passion for improving children's experiences while in foster care. We support a network of community-based organizations that are comprised of compassionate volunteers who tirelessly advocate for the best interests of children across Georgia.

Our office is located in downtown Atlanta within walking distance from MARTA transit. Some intra-state day travel is expected, and personal transportation would be strongly preferred. Mileage reimbursement will be provided.

Research Project:

Yes.



Title: Georgia Supreme Court Committee on Justice for Children
Contact Person: Jerry Bruce
Address:

244 Washington Street
Suite 300
Atlanta, GA  30334

Phone: (706) 892-8865
Email: jerry.bruce(at)georgiacourts.gov
Type Of Student: This placement seeks a law student - rising 2L or 3L.
Job Description:

The Georgia Supreme Court Committee on Justice for Children is Georgia's Court Improvement Program - a (mostly) federally-funded initiative to improve policy, practice, and procedure in Georgia's Juvenile Courts. Our primary emphasis is on court observations and trainings for judges, attorneys, DFCS workers, volunteer CASAs, and foster parents.

Qualities:

Rising 2- or 3L with an interest in child welfare law and practice.

Other:

Our office is located downtown, near the Capitol, but our work carries us all over the State. Ability to travel is a necessity (J4C either covers travel expenses up-front or by reimbursement, depending upon the type of event or training).

Research Project:

Yes.


Title:

Gwinnett County Juvenile Court Guardian Ad Litem Office

Contact Person: Tara-Anne Canada or Donald Lee
Address: 115 Stone Mountain Street
Lawrenceville, GA  30046
Phone: (770) 619-6064 (Ms. Canada)
(770) 619-6060 (Mr. Lee)
Email: tara-anne.canada(at)gwinnettcounty.com or donald.lee(at)gwinnettcounty.com
Type Of Student: This position requires a law student--rising 2L or rising 3L
Job Description:

The second or third year law student intern may participate in projects/work including, but not limited to, practicing under the Student Practice Rule; research, legal analysis, and memo writing; home visits/evaluations; interviewing clients, parents, and collaterals; and assist in preparing for mediations and hearings. This officce handles dependency, custody, and guardianship cases in the Juvenile Court. There will be little to no travel required.

Qualities:

Applicant should be a second or third year law student with exceptional writing and research skills, possess the ability to work independently and take initiative when appropriate, have a passion for working with children, and ability to work under pressure.

Other:

Our office is located in Lawrenceville in Gwinnett County, Georgia. We are approximately thirty minutes from downtown Atlanta. There is limited public transportation available. There is no fee for parking on the premises.

Research Project:

Yes.


Title:

Law Office of LaShanda Lennon

Contact Person: LaShanda Lennon
Address:

132 Stanley Court
Suite E
Lawrenceville, GA  30046

Phone: (404) 819-1302
Email: lennonmosbylaw(at)gmail.com
Type Of Student: This placement requires a law student -- rising 2L or rising 3L
Job DDescription:

Client contact, interviews, draft motions, agency and opposing counsel contact, subpoena, court observstions, legal research, accompany attorney to home visits, school visits, jail visits.

Qualities:

Ability to excel in fast paced, high conflict practice area, compassion for helping others, desire to practice juvenile law, professional, research and shepardize applicable law.

Other:

Office is about 20 mins from metro Atlanta in Lawrenceville. No public transportation is accessible.
It is a plus if applicant has transportation. The nature of the practice area requires a lot of travel in metro Atlanta area.

Research Project:

No.


Title:

Prevent Child Abuse Georgia

Contact Person: Jyll Walsh
Julia Neighbors
Address: 14 Marietta Street NW
Suite 100, Room 129
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: (404) 413-1296 (Ms. Walsh)
(404) 413-1419 (Ms. Neighbors)
Email: jwalsh10(at)gsu.edu
jneighbors(at)gsu.edu
Type Of Student: This placement accepts a Law student - rising 2L, MSW or MPH student.
Job Description: -Updating training curriculum to reflect any updated legislative policies from the 2019 session.
-Participation in committee work of CDC's GA Essentials for Early Childhood team
- Research and possible evaluation of SB401, pertaining to it's applied use and recommendations for continued support.
- Supporting work to develop PCA Council specific advocacy documents/ tools.
Qualities:

We prefer someone who is fairly tech savvy in regards to document creation and has an interest in promoting early child development through partner and policy work.

Other:
Research Project:

Yes.