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All Placements 2021

Emory Summer Child Advocacy Program 
All 2021 Placements (metro Atlanta and beyond)

NOTE: These placements, posted 11/6/20, are listed here for the applicants of the ESCAP only. See application instructions. Please do not contact placements regarding ESCAP without express permission from Professor Melissa Carter, melissa.d.carter(at)emory.edu. If you missed the application period (11/6/20-12/18/20), contact Professor Carter for further details.

Title:

The Amedu Law Firm - this placement is outside of metro Atlanta

Contact Person: Ahmeed Amedu
Address:

4915 Atlanta Highway, Suite 1964
Flowery Branch, GA  30542

Phone: (404) 345-6485
Email: ahmeed(at)amedulaw.com
Type Of Student: This placement requires a law student - rising 2L or 3L
Job Description:

The intern will perform draft motions and pleadings. They will also take part in client meetings and will prepare cases for trials and hearings in Hall County.


Intern must have own transportation. Some local travel may be required. Hall County Juvenile Court is currently conducting both virtual and in-court hearings.
Other:

Ideal candidate will be punctual and detail-oriented, willing to learn on the fly, and comfortable in a fast-paced working environment.  This placement is located in Hall County, GA, near Lake Lanier, approximately 40 miles from metro-Atlanta, and approximately 1 hour from the University of Georgia.

Research Project:

Placement is willing to supervise a research project.


Title:

Children's Adovcacy Center of Troup County

Contact Person: John Harrell
Address:

P.O. Box 1526
LaGrange, GA  30241

http://twincedars.org

This placement is located in Troup County, west Georgia, approximately 75 miles south of metro-Atlanta and about 15 miles from the Georgia/Alabama state line.

Phone: (706) 302-7546
Email: jharrell(at)twincedars.org
Type Of Student: This placement requires a law student - rising 2L or MSW
Job Description:

Direct Victim Advocacy through interaction with child victims' non-offending caregivers with the purpose of building adequate rapport and trust as to increase the likelihood of participation is available MH counseling.
Observation of forensic interviews followed by debriefing with investigating law enforcement and DFCS representatives.
Participation in monthly team case reviews in which a multidisciplinary team review all cases investigated in the previous month.
Participation in varying degrees in the ongoing prevention effort, Stewards of Children.


Intern must have own transportation.
Other:

A basic understanding of child advocacy centers and the clientele.
An understanding of the continued prevalence of CSA.
An understanding of the effects of trauma on individuals and communities.
An understanding of, and differentiation of, primary and secondary prevention.

Research Project:

Research projects must be discussed with placement to determine suitability.


Title:

Cobb County Juvenile Court - posted 11/13/20

Contact Person: Star Simmons
Address:

32 Waddell Street
Marietta, GA  30068

https://www.cobbcounty.org/

 

Phone: (770) 528-2224
Email: gayle.simmons(at)cobbcounty.org
Type Of Student: This placement requires a law student - rising 2L or MSW
Job Description:

Research and writing, observation, job shadow with attorneys, order drafting, creative thinking for programming and collaboration with other agencies.


No travel anticipated.
Other:

 

Research Project:

Placement is willing to supervise a research project.


Title: DeKalb County Child Advocacy Center
Contact Person: Charla Dean
Address:

4309 Memorial Drive
3rd Floor
Decatur, GA  30032
www.dekalbcountyga.gov

Phone:

(770) 241-9218

Email:

cdean(at)dekalbcountyga.gov

Type Of Student: This placement requires a law student - rising 2L or 3L
Job Description: Our intern will receive a research project that correlates to Child Welfare Law to complete over the course of the internship. The intern will be expected to present the project to the office before the end of the internship. There will also be a legal writing assignment assigned to be completed during the course of the internship. Our interns observe court, attend stakeholder's meetings, observe client interviews and participate in office wide trainings during the internship. If an intern is qualified to practice under the Student Practice Act, that intern may be able to present cases with supervision in court.


If the internship is virtual, our intern will be issued a DeKalb County laptop for the duration of the internship.

If the internship is in person, we are located walking distance from MARTA and there is a free parking lot attached to the building.

If our interns do have to use their personal vehicle, there is mileage reimbursement.
Qualities: This internship requires positive and self-motivated candidates who have a sincere desire to learn about Child Welfare Law. The work our office does can be emotional at times and also requires emotional intelligence. Other characteristics and skills that are very important in the internship role are outspoken, good legal research skills and common sense approaches to problem-solving.
Other: We are located in Decatur, GA, just off of Interstate 285 at the Memorial Drive exit. There is sufficient free parking in a covered parking garage. MARTA bus stops and the MARTA train station (Kensington) are conveniently close by.
Research Project:

Placement is willing to supervise a research project.


Title: DeKalb County CASA Program
Contact Person: Tara Daniels
Address: Gregory A. Adams Juvenile Justice Center
4309 Memorial Drive

Decatur, GA  30032
www.dekalbcountyga.gov
Phone:

(404) 378-0038

Email:

tara(at)dekalbcasa.org

Type Of Student: This placement requires a MSW student.
Job Description: Attend court hearings, home visits, and all other meetings on the assigned case or other cases as needed (either in addition to or in the absence of the CASA volunteer advocate, following up with volunteers on issues related to their cases); data entry of case information in the database; assisting with the recruitment and training of volunteers (processing volunteer paperwork, attending volunteer fairs and other outreach events, responding to inquiries about volunteering); attend volunteer training, continuing education training sessions, and other events; and general administrative tasks.
Qualities: Attention to detail, organized, proactive, communication skills, interpersonal skills, teamwork, professionalism, dependability, initiative, computer skills
Other: The DeKalb County CASA Program is located in DeKalb County on the MARTA bus line and about .25 miles from the Kensington MARTA rail station.
Research Project:

No.



Title:

Douglas County Juvenile Court

Contact Person: Debbie McDonald
Address:

8700 Hospital Drive
Douglasville, GA  30134

 

Phone: (770) 920-7245
Email: dmcdonald(at)co.douglas.ga.us
Type Of Student: This placement requires a law student -- rising  3L.
Job Description:

Interns will be engaged in research and writing memoranda of understanding on various topics pertaining to dependency and delinquency in juvenile court.

Qualities:

 

Other:
Research Project:

This placement is willing to supervise a research project.



Title: Family Law Office of Training and Education Services, LLC
Contact Person: Amber Walden
Address: 2870 Peachtree Road NW #877
Atlanta, GA  30305
Phone: (404) 735-5135
Email:

amber(at)floteservices.com

Type Of Student: This placement requires a law student - rising 3L.
Job Description: •    Administrative duties will include:  Responding to emails and phone calls from other attorneys and service providers; notating and organization documentation and information in the client's file; Assist with drafting Motions and responding to Motions and Petitions.
•    Information gathering:  Assist with requesting and following-up on obtaining documentation from all sources which will assist with the proper representation of the child.
•    Meeting, Sessions, and Visits:  Observe Family Team Meetings, case planning meetings, and visits with the child.  These may be via phone, in-person, or virtual.
•    Other communications:  Assist with making contact with the child's medical and mental health professionals; Maintain contact with other parties in the case, as well as the child's placement.
•    Court Hearings:  Assist attorney with preparing for each hearing by reviewing case files and drafting questions for witnesses; observe court hearings with the attorney; take notes during the hearing for our office's records.
•    Periodic case review:  Perform initial and periodic case analysis and provide input to the attorney, by reviewing documentation, interviews, and all notes that are in the file.
Qualities: •    Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other parties and attorneys involved in the case, as well as service providers, and school officials.
•    Ability to exercise patience with, and exhibit empathy for, the diverse populations with whom we work.
•    Strong organizational and writing skills; As well as pleasant interpersonal skills.
•    Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, MyCase (preferred, by not required), and Gmail.
Other: This placement currently practices in DeKalb and Douglas counties. Both counties are currently conducting virtual hearings. If courts are open for in-person hearings, intern must have own transportation for travel to both courthouse locations.
Research Project:

This placement is willing to supervise a research project.


Title: Fulton County Juvenile Court
The Honorable Coy Johnson
Contact Person: Elizabeth Higgins-Brooks
Address:

Romae T. Powell Juvenile Justice Center
395 Pryor Street SW
Suite 4079
Atlanta, GA  30312

www.fultonjuvenilecourt.org

Phone: (404) 613-4423
Email:

elizabeth.higgins-brooks(at)fultoncountyga.gov

Type Of Student: This placement requires law student--rising 2L.
Job Description: The intern will gain experience in and direct exposure to a legal work setting, opportunity to immerse themselves in exceptional judicial experience under the direct supervision of a highly experienced Judge. The intern will be asked to conduct legal research and writing, draft opinions, and participate in virtual trials or hearings.
Qualities:

The intern will work in the Judge's Chambers. The internships provide an opportunity for students to increase their knowledge of substantive areas of law, gain exposure to a real work environment, and provide valuable support to the Judge.

 

Other:
Research Project:

This placement is willing to supervise a research project.


Title:

Fulton County Juvenile Court
The Honorable Shalanda Miller

Contact Person: Sara Kelly
Address:

395 Pryor Street
Atlanta, GA  30312

www.fultonjuvenilecourt.org

Phone: (404) 613-4976
Email: sara.kelly(at)fultoncountyga.gov
Type Of Student: This placement requires law student - rising 2L or rising 3L
Job Description: The candidate will be expected to conduct legal research, draft memorandum, observe court, draft proposed orders, and prepare presentations of research.
Qualities: Must be a 2L with interest in juvenile law and/or social justice.
Other: Detail oriented, proficient in Microsoft Word, access to Westlaw or LexisNexis
Research Project:

Yes



Title: Fulton County Juvenile Court
The Honorable Juliette Scales, Chief Judge
Contact Person: Sara Kelly
Address:

Romae T. Powell Juvenile Justice Center
395 Pryor Street SW
Suite 4079
Atlanta, GA 30312

www.fultonjuvenilecourt.org

Phone: (404) 613-4976
Email:

sara.kelly(at)fultoncountyga.gov

Type Of Student: This placement requires law student--rising 2L or rising 3L
Job Description: The candidate will be expected to conduct legal research, draft memorandum, observe court, draft proposed orders, and prepare presentations of research.
Qualities:

Detail oriented, proficient in Microsoft Word, access to Westlaw or LexisNexis

 

Other:
Research Project:

This placement is willing to supervise a research project.


Title: Fulton County Juvenile Court
The Honorable Chris Yokom
Contact Person: Elizabeth Higgins-Brooks
Address:

Romae T. Powell Juvenile Justice Center
395 Pryor Street SW
Suite 4079
Atlanta, GA 30312

www.fultonjuvenilecourt.org

Phone: (404) 612-4423
Email:

elizabeth.brooks(at)fultoncountyga.gov

Type Of Student: This placement requires law student--rising 2L or rising 3L
Job Description: Assist the Judge with research projects.
Review any changes in applicable law and provide synopsis.
Qualities:

Passion for child welfare, openness to learning, good oral and written communication

 

Other:
Research Project:

This placement is willing to supervise a research project.


Title: Fulton County Office of the Child Attorney
Contact Person: Roberta Cooper
Address:

Romae T. Powell Juvenile Justice Center
395 Pryor Street SW
Suite 4098
Atlanta, GA 30312

www.fultonjuvenilecourt.org

Phone: (404) 613-4712
Email:

roberta.cooper(at)fultoncountyga.gov

Type Of Student: This placement requires law student--rising 2L or rising 3L
Job Description: Candidate will assist child attorneys to provide quality legal representation in a multidisciplinary child welfare law office. Duties and assignments will include handling and/or assisting with preliminary protective hearings; assist with trial preparation of adjudication hearings, handle review hearings and assist with other matters in preparation of dependency proceedings. Conduct legal research on current child welfare law matters.
Qualities:
Other:
Research Project:

This placement is willing to supervise a research project.


Title: Georgia Advocacy Office
Contact Person: Julie Kegley
Devon Orland
Address: One West Court Square, Suite 625
Decatur, GA  30030

http://www.thegao.org
Phone: (404) 885-1234
Email:

jkegley(at)thegao.org
dorland(at)thegao.org

Type Of Student: This placement requires a law student -- rising 2L or rising 3L.
Job Description: The intern will have the opportunity to support the attorneys on a variety of issues relating to children, including but not limited to, children who are entitled to EPSDT Medicaid benefits, children who are confined to psychiatric residential treatment facilities, and children in the custody of the Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS). A 3L law student is preferred, but 2L students will be considered.
Qualities:

We seek law students who have a sense of identification with children and adults with disabilities. Please submit a cover letter expressing your sense of identification, and a resume.

Other:
Research Project:

This placement is willing to supervise a research project.


Title:

Georgia Appleseed Center for Law and Justice

Contact Person: Caroline Durham
Address:

1600 Parkwood Circle SE
Suite 200
Atlanta, GA 30339

http://www.gaappleseed.org

Phone: (612) 272-9111
Email: cdurham(at)gaappleseed.org
Type Of Student: Law student - rising 2L or rising 3L, or MSW or MPH
Job Description:

Interns will be engaged in research, writing, and interview projects focused on dismantling-the-school-to-prison-pipeline and healthy housing issues impacting children, with a particular focus on children experiencing poverty, children with disabilities, and children who experience the effects of institutional bias and racism. Justice requires that every child has access to strong, nurturing schools and a healthy home. Some of the projects will address the intersectionality of healthy housing and education success.

Qualities:

A commitment to systems change work to empower children most impacted by education and housing system inequities. A desire to learn, share and engage with a team. Ability to work well independently. Takes initiative. Brings a positive, thoughtful approach to your work.

Other:

Fee-based parking on site.

Research Project:

This placement is willing to supervise a research project.



Title: Georgia Court Appointed Special Advocates
Contact Person: Angela Tyner
Address: 75 Marietta Street
Suite 404
Atlanta, GA  30303

http://www.gacasa.org
Phone: (404) 874-2888
Email:

atyner(at)gacasa.org

Type Of Student: This placement requires a law student - rising 2L or rising 3L
Job Description: Each summer, interns have the opportunity to shadow the Advocacy Director and the Georgia CASA team, attending child welfare and court improvement related meetings and trainings, observing dependency proceedings, visiting CASA affiliates, and participating in various CASA trainings. (It is expected that some of this could still be limited in 2021, but is really the highlight of the summer).

Projects vary, but center around improving the consistency or quality of advocacy provided to children and youth experiencing foster care. In the past, students have created standards for CASA's involvement in Family Treatment Court, surveyed other states' CASA advocacy for youth age 18-21, created in-service trainings, drafted template protocols, etc.

Topic areas likely to include education advocacy, placement stability, race equity and inclusion, and strengthening the quality of courtroom advocacy.

Students are welcome to come with a project in mind or focus on areas of interest and experience.
Qualities:

Interest in the practice area: child advocacy, quality legal representation and advocacy, nonprofit management, volunteerism

Other: Our office is located downtown, just a couple of blocks from both the Five Points MARTA station and Centennial Olympic Park. Parking is adjacent to the building.

To make the most out of the opportunity, some intra state travel is likely. Mileage is reimbursed and any travel-related costs are covered. (Having access to a vehicle is not a requirement; however, we have hosted students without personal transportation in the past.)

We're a small, dedicated, and fun team of 11 individuals with some of us working in the Atlanta office and others a hybrid of remote/teleworking.
Research Project:

This placement is willing to supervise a research project.


Title: Georgia Division of Family and Children Services
Contact Person: Chris Hempfling
Address: 2 Peachtree Street, NW
Suite 19-240
Atlanta, GA 30303

http://dfcs.georgia.gov
Phone: (404) 387-4758
Email:

chris.hempfling(at)dhs.ga.gov

Type Of Student: This placement requires a law student - rising 3L
Job Description: The Division of Family and Children Services currently has over 11,000 children in foster care. For older children in care, additional attention needs to be provided to them in order to ensure they have a smooth transition from foster care to being a young adult. This intern will work closely with agency attorneys and front-line staff to ensure that older youth have appropriate transition care and services. This will include the evaluation for social security and Medicaid benefits along with any other needed assistance.
Qualities: Strong research capabilities; understanding or willingness to learn about federal benefit programs; willingness to work with a variety of constituencies to achieve success for children in care, desire to create uniform practices to ensure appropriate benefits are provided to youth in the Division's temporary or permanent custody.
Other:
Research Project:

This placement is willing to supervise a research project.


Title: Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students (GEEARS)
Contact Person: Jessica Woltjen
Address:

3400 Peachtree Street NE
Suite 921
Atlanta, GA  30326

https://geears.org

Phone: (252) 675-0685
Email: jwoltjen(at)geears.org
Type Of Student: This placement seeks a law student - rising 2L or 3L or MSW or MPH
Job Description:

The intern will assist with the development of fact sheets and policy briefs for legislators, state agency staff, and our nonprofit partners. This is a chance to learn and grow with a dynamic, mission-oriented organization focused on policy and advocacy for children birth through age five.

Qualities:

1) Interest in policy and advocacy at the federal, state, and/or local levels
2) Passion for early childhood education, development, and/or health
3) Ability to write clearly and succinctly for specific audiences
4) Ability to understand complex policy material and communicate “wonky” and dense information to broader audiences

Other: GEEARS: Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students works throughout Georgia to improve public policy, increase public awareness, conduct and interpret research, and lead a movement to support high-quality early education and healthy development for children birth to five. Our vision is that by 2020, every child in Georgia will enter kindergarten prepared to succeed and on a path to read to learn by the end of the third grade.

GEEARS is located at 3400 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 921, Atlanta, GA 30326. For more information, visit www.geears.org.
Research Project:

This placement is willing to supervise a research project.


Title: Interfaith Children's Movement
Contact Person: Tara Hall
Address:

Interdenominational Theological Center
100 & 102 Classroom Building
700 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Atlanta, Georgia  30314

http://www.ICMGeorgia.org

Phone: (404) 689-5910
Email: tara.hall(at)icmgeorgia.org
Type Of Student: This placement requires a MSW, MPH or other graduate level student
Job Description:

Intern will assist ICM with its mission of improving the wellbeing of children and families in Georgia, which shall include but not limited to:
1) engaging partners and assisting with collaborative efforts immediate/priority action
2) assisting with planning and facilitating advocacy workshops on important issues
3) assist with the Youth Alliance and engagement of the youth as agents of change
This position does not require traveling.

Qualities:

Seeking an individual wanting to learn about advocacy in the nonprofit realm and focused on issues directly impacting children and families in Georgia. Self-motivated, service-driven and wanting to make a change for the beloved community.

Other:

Given the COVID-19 pandemic, all operations to date are remote.

Research Project:

This placement is willing to supervise a research project.


Title:

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 requires a Law student - rising 2L or rising 3L.
Job Description: Best-practice implementation and training for all stakeholders of GA juvenile courts.
Qualities:

Legal research & writing; interest in courtroom advocacy.

Other: Office located in Fulton County. When travel becomes practicable pursuant to public-health rules, some in-state travel is encouraged, but not required. Travel expenses, if any, are covered.
Research Project:

This placement is willing to supervise a research project.




Title:

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)

Contact Person: Maria Rodriguez
Address:

50 Hurt Plaza SE
Suite 740
Atlanta, GA 30303

http://www.supportkind.org

Phone: (404)334-9168 or
(404)334-9170
Email: mrodriguez(at)supportkind.org
Type Of Student: This placement requires a law student - rising 2L or rising 3L
Job Description: KIND’s Atlanta field office is seeking interns to assist in providing pro bono legal representation to unaccompanied children in immigration court proceedings. Essential functions include:

Supporting the representation of unaccompanied children: Prepare legal filings for unaccompanied children (direct representation) under the supervision of KIND attorneys, including asylum and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status petitions and state court filings and work card applications; prepare for hearings and interviews.

Legal Screening: Assist with the initial screening of unaccompanied children; communicate with clients, adult sponsors, and other agencies; and draft case referral memos.

Legal Research: Research current trends in immigration law and family law, country conditions, and other federal laws to assist in case preparation. Assisting with motions, affidavits, briefs, and memoranda of law.

Case Management: Update case summaries, track important court dates and deadlines, process referrals and communicate with clients.

Develop Sample Materials: Assist in preparing and organizing sample USCIS and immigration court filings, training materials, pro bono guides and practice advisories.
Qualities:

Must be currently enrolled in an accredited JD or LLM program.
Fluency in Spanish is preferred, though not required.

Other: Onsite parking fee.
Research Project:

This placement is willing to supervise a research project.



Title:

Park Place Outreach, Inc. (not a Metro Atlanta placement)

Contact Person: Cheri Dean
Address:

514 East Henry Street
Savannah, GA 31401

www.parkplaceyes.org

Phone:

(912) 349-3677 OR
(912) 234-4048

Email: cheri(at)parkplaceyes.org
Type Of Student: This placement requires a MPH student
Job Description:
Project
Task: Research positive and permanent connection best practices of transitional living programs.

How:
Primary Research: Develop and conduct an online surveys and interviews
Secondary Research: Conduct a literature review; Review agency and government websites; Explore other credible resources

Deliverable #1: Internal report, including a summary of the best practices, challenges sustaining these practices, insights from surveys and interviews, and recommendations.

Deliverable #2: Policy brief targeting local government leaders, policy influencers, and partner agencies.

Deliverable #3: Develop and deliver a presentation/training to Park Place partners and stakeholders
Qualities:

• Masters in Public Health student with an interest in advocacy of older youth

• Excellent communication skills (verbal and written)

• Experience with PowerPoint

Other: Park Place Outreach Youth Emergency Services ("PPO") has been sheltering, serving, and supporting runaway and homeless youth in the Savannah/Chatham County area since 1984 and is a long-time recipient of the Family and Youth Service Bureau, Runaway and Homeless Youth grants. Our mission is to provide services to at-risk youth and their families, increase their functional level, and reunify families whenever possible.

Savannah is on the coast of Georgia, 20 minutes from the beach and about 4 hours from Atlanta. Savannah includes three major universities, so summer housing is often available through subleases with students leaving for the summer.
Research Project:

This placement is willing to supervise a research project.



Title:

SR Law Group

Contact Person: Nicola Robinson
Address:

12461 Veterans Memorial Highway
Douglasville, GA 30134

Phone: (404) 410-6505
Email: nicola(at)srlawgrp.com
Type Of Student: This placement requires a law student - rising 3L
Job Description: Intern will participate in court observations, client interviews, legal research and motion drafting.
Qualities:

Applicant must be able to get along with a diverse population, excellent people skills, excellent research and writing skills. Applicant must have their own transportation and be willing to go to diverse communities.

Other:
Research Project:

This placement is willing to supervise a research project.



Title:

Voices for Georgia's Children

Contact Person: Camille Pendley
Address:

75 Marietta Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30303

georgiavoices.org

Phone: (404) 521-0311
Email: cpendley(at)georgiavoices.org
Type Of Student: This placement accepts a law student - rising 2L or 3L--or MSW or MPH student.
Job Description: This intern will support Voices' policy and advocacy work related to the child welfare system. They will conduct research for our external documents (e.g., factsheets found at georgiavoices.org/factsheets/) and other research related to longer term child welfare advocacy goals (e.g., see our COVID-19 Policy Recommendations dashboard from Summer 2020 here https://georgiavoices.org/covid-19-agency-response/). An example of a possible project is an assessment of adults in the criminal justice system who entered the juvenile justice system as youth who had been in foster care, and examining the relationship between the cause of entering foster care, experiences in foster care, and convictions in the juvenile justice system. No non-local travel will be required.
Qualities:

- Qualitative and/or quantitative research and data analysis skills and experience.
- Demonstrated interest in/knowledge of child welfare issue area.
- Demonstrated interest in/knowledge of juvenile justice preferred.
- Strong writing skills.
- Strong interpersonal and verbal communications skills for representation of the organization with external partners.
- Ability to anticipate workload and meet deadlines.
- Flexibility, high energy, and a strong team player. Willingness to change tasks on short notice and pitch in on team products when needed.

Other: Voices for Georgia's Children's main office is located in Downtown Atlanta, however this placement may be remote due to public health concerns related to COVID-19. The main office is very near a MARTA station and is accessible within the building via elevator.
Research Project:

This placement is willing to supervise a research project.