Career Profiles

Taylor Dudley ‘10

Staff Attorney, Alliance for Children’s Rights

Taylor Dudley ‘10

What do you do?
My clients are abused and neglected children in Los Angeles county foster care. At the Alliance for Children’s Rights, I work to improve access to health care, mental health services and dental care for children in foster care. I also manage the medical-legal partnership where I run the legal clinic at a local hospital to help identify children who would benefit from the Alliance’s other services.

What excites you most about your job?
The children I work with inspire me with their courage and fill my days with gratitude. I love the work I do—it’s not just a job, it’s a joy everyday.

How did your experience at Whittier Law School prepare you for this position?
Whittier Law School laid the foundation for my career in child advocacy. I came to Whittier because of the Center for Children’s Rights. That program, and the mentoring and support I received from so many people at the law school helped me enter the field and find immediate opportunities to do the work I always wanted to do.

Do you have any advice for those seeking employment in your industry?
Experience with children from a variety of perspectives is important. Whether you were previously a teacher, coach, therapist or pediatric nurse, people who have a passion for helping kids achieve their potential understand that kids have many needs, many of which will be up to their lawyer to address. Additionally, familiarization with issues related to poverty, domestic violence, immigration, disability, education reform, local government and the legislative process can be very helpful.