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Staff Attorney

The Youth Law Center in Des Moines, Iowa is accepting applications for the full-time position of Staff Attorney. The Youth Law Center is a 501(c) (3) organization that provides legal services to youth in the courts of Central Iowa, primarily in Polk County.

Staff Attorneys will work on legal matters impacting children in Central Iowa, and will represent youth in legal matters including but not limited to: Child in Need of Assistance Actions (Child Welfare), Delinquency, Involuntary Mental Health and Substance Abuse Committals, Minor Guardianships and Emancipations. Staff attorneys will also assist with policy work, trainings and other activities to support the goals of the Youth Law Center. Staff attorneys work a minimum of forty hours per week, but the time is flexed due to the need of staff attorneys to work evenings and weekends to visit with children and families in their homes.

Minimum Qualifications: A juris doctorate degree and admission to the Iowa Bar is required. Experience litigating juvenile law cases in Iowa preferred.

Compensation: Salary will be based upon applicant’s experience. The Youth Law Center offers paid holiday, sick and vacation time, health, dental, life and LTD insurance and retirement benefits.

Applications will be accepted until the close of business on January 31, 2024. Send letter of application and resume to:

Youth Law Center, C/O Jami Hagemeier, 300 Walnut Street, Ste. 295, Des Moines, IA 50309

For additional information contact Jami Hagemeier at:


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