Public Counsel

Public Counsel’s Children’s Rights Project (CRP) serves children, youth, and their families on a variety of legal issues, including probate legal guardianship, public benefits, and adoption, and issues affecting transition age youth. The Transition Age Youth (TAY) team is part of the larger Children’s Rights Project. TAY is an interdisciplinary team of lawyers, social workers, and advocates engaged in the direct representation of young people as it relates to the collateral consequences of having system-involvement. We provide legal services in the areas of housing advocacy, traffic ticket cases, family law services, public benefits advocacy, juvenile record sealing, and name and gender changes. Our social workers help clients participate more meaningfully in the legal case by helping with system navigation; providing advocacy and information; and connecting clients to services that address adjacent social issues and needs. For our many clients who are expecting or parenting, we use a two-generation approach to build family well-being. Our direct representation guides our work at a local and statewide level to challenge and change systems that perpetuate intergenerational system-involvement.


Under the supervision of the TAY Supervising Senior Attorney, the TAY Staff Attorney has the following responsibilities:

  • Represent youth in court, in administrative proceedings, and through informal advocacy in the various areas in which we practice (e.g., housing, family law, public benefits, traffic tickets, name and gender change petitions, and sealing juvenile records, etc.)
  • Partner with social work team members to ensure youth have access to needed social service supports;
  • Engage in community education, develop Know Your Rights materials, and present to youth and partner agencies on a variety of legal issues around the Los Angeles County
  • Support the TAY program’s policy reform efforts by participating in workgroups addressing issues affecting our client population; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

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