The ABA Rule of Law Initiative has a number of staff and consultant positions based in the U.S. and abroad.

Staff Opportunities

The ABA Rule of Law Initiative has a number of staff and consultant positions based in the U.S. and abroad.

Office of the Director

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Administration and Finance

Africa Division

Asia Division

Europe & Eurasia Division

Latin America and the Caribbean Division

Middle East and North Africa Division

Research and Assessments

  • No positions currently available

External Relations

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International Pro Bono Legal Specialist Positions

ABA ROLI is currently seeking experienced judges, attorneys, and law professors with a minimum of five years of relevant experience, a high level of energy and initiative, strong interpersonal skills, and expertise in the substantive areas required by the relevant position. International experience and foreign language skills are preferred, but not required.

All participants receive a generous support package. Click here to learn more about the program.

Access to Justice and Human Rights

Anti-Corruption and Public Integrity

  • No positions currently available

Criminal Law Reform and Anti-Human Trafficking

  • No positions currently available

Women’s Rights

Judicial Reform

Legal Education Reform and Civic Education

  • No positions currently available

Legal Profession Reform

  • No positions currently available

Consultant Opportunities

Apply for Positions at the ABA Rule of Law Initiative

  1. International Pro Bono Legal Specialist Program

To apply, fill out the Online Participant Registration Form. You may access the form directly at

Once you complete the online application, you will be prompted to upload an electronic version of your resume. Please note that your registration will not be processed if you do not complete this step of the application.

All registered participants remain active unless we are notified that you no longer wish to be considered for positions, or until several attempts to contact you have failed. Please contact us if any of your information changes. Please remember only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

  1. ROLI Domestic and Overseas Staff Positions

To apply, please follow the instructions for each description at

The Employment Justice Center (EJC) seeks an Advocacy Director as a critical component of our economic and racial justice mission to “secure, protect and promote workplace justice in the D.C. metropolitan area.” Through a combination of strategies, including legal services, education, policy advocacy and community organizing, the EJC works to protect the rights of low-wage workers, focusing on particularly vulnerable populations. The Advocacy Director will oversee and engage in the organization’s education, organizing, and advocacy campaigns designed to improve laws for low-wage workers and ensure their enforcement.

The Advocacy Director will be a part of the EJC management team and will report to the Executive Director.  The Advocacy Director will also work closely in collaboration with other legal and program staff and provide necessary advocacy program information to support the EJC’s fundraising efforts.  Limited evening and weekend hours are required.  The Advocacy Director’s primary responsibilities will include:

(1) setting annual goals for the program in consultation with the Executive Director and the advocacy team and ensuring that the goals are met;
(2) supervising the advocacy program staff and those engaged in advocacy and organizing activities;
(3) testifying before government bodies, overseeing any direct or indirect lobbying, and meeting with government and community officials on behalf of the EJC;
(4) providing technical assistance with campaign development and analysis to other service providers on workers’ rights issues;
(5) responding to media/press inquiries and drafting advocacy related EJC publications, testimony, and letters of support;
(6) representing the EJC at relevant coalition and community meetings;
(7) guiding grassroots organizing strategy in collaboration with the EJC’s organizers and workers’ committee.

The ideal candidate will possess a broad range of skills and experience needed to carry out these responsibilities. At a minimum, the Advocacy Director must be passionate and committed to workplace justice and workers’ rights. While no one candidate may have all of these, the ideal candidate will possess and/or have demonstrated aptitude and enthusiasm for the following attributes:

  • At least five years of substantive campaign and/or community organizing experience, with substantive policy or campaign work at the D.C. or federal government level a plus;
  • Experience with employment law issues either in a litigation or policy capacity;
  • Experience working with organizers and worker activists;
  • Supervisory and/or project management experience;
  • The ability to work with minimal supervision;
  • Well-developed people skills;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

In addition, a law degree and membership in the D.C., MD, and/or VA bar is preferred but not required. Proficiency or fluency in Spanish is also a plus.

Salary will be commensurate with experience.  A generous benefits package including health insurance, sick leave and six weeks annual paid vacation is provided.  To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample and at least three references to Barbra Kavanaugh at by December 30, 2014.

Children’s Law Center invites applications for summer 2015 law clerk internships to begin Tuesday, May 26, 2015.  Law clerks have a wide variety of responsibilities including conducting client intakes, completing court runs, researching and writing about legal issues, interviewing clients and witnesses, locating resources for clients, attending court hearings, and accompanying attorneys on home and school visits.  Law students who wish to intern with the Children’s Law Center will receive one-on-one supervision from an attorney throughout the summer.

The following projects within Children’s Law Center are accepting summer law clerks: Guardian ad litem Project (GAL), GAL Special Education Project, Families First (FF), Heathy Together (HT), and Policy Team.

Requirements and Qualifications

  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Excellent analytical ability
  • Strong writing skills
  • Solid academic background
  • Commitment to working with low-income populations
  • Willingness and enthusiasm to complete all tasks
  • Able to work for 10 weeks during the summer

Salary and Benefits

All law clerk positions are unpaid and can be taken for credit.

Go to website  for instructions.

First Shift Justice Project is a public interest organization with a mission to prevent
workplace discrimination against people with families by educating, empowering, and
representing workers in low-wage jobs who struggle to balance work and family obligations.
To accomplish this mission, we provide Know Your Rights trainings for the staff and
patients of organizations that provide prenatal care to pregnant women and infant care for
their babies, as well as for staff and clients of other social service organizations that support
low-income families. We also counsel women in low-wage jobs to help them communicate with
doctors and employers about their family-related workplace rights. Finally, we represent and
refer the cases of women whose family-related rights are violated.
We are happy to work with bright and motivated students and recent law grads who are
passionate about our issues! Our law clerks conduct legal research; draft legal memoranda;
meet with clients; and help us reach out to organizations and their clients who might benefit
from our services.
We are hiring a law clerk to work 10-15 hours per week in the spring and a law clerk to
work full-time in the summer. Our ideal candidate is someone who is fluent in Spanish; has
demonstrated strong writing skills; and has experience working directly with clients. Law clerk
positions at First Shift Justice Project are unfunded; however, we will work with our law clerks
to secure any funding available from other sources.
Interested students should send a cover letter and resume to Laura Brown, Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the positions are
filled. All decisions regarding recruiting, hiring, promotion, assignment, training, termination,
and other terms and conditions of employment will be made without unlawful discrimination
on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or
expression, religion, age, pregnancy, disability, work-related injury, covered veteran status,
political ideology, genetic information, marital status, or any other factor that the law protects
from employment discrimination.

The VISTA Affordable Housing Preservation Project (VAHPP) is a program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

During the first year, Equal Justice Works will manage 45 VISTA Members – 12 Legal Fellows and 33 Community Organizers – in the provision of community organizing and legal services work with the goal of preserving, maintaining, and improving project-based Section 8 affordable housing across the United States. Equal Justice Works will work closely with the National Alliance of HUD Tenants (NAHT) to accomplish this goal.

Legal Fellows and Community Organizers will serve a minimum of one year and have the opportunity to serve for two years at selected host sites. Legal Fellow host site locations include: Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, San Francisco, St. Paul, Washington D.C., and Worcester. Learn more here.

Apply directly to host sites now! VAHPP Members will begin their year of service between February and April of 2015.


Legal Fellows’ responsibilities include (can vary slightly based on host site):

  • Provide generalized support and legal information to VISTA organizers
  • Support VISTA organizers in developing formal by-laws and incorporating tenant associations of residents
  • Interview residents and conduct research to properly identify the legal challenges of each relevant building
  • Attend membership meetings and present “Know your Rights and Responsibilities” workshops
  • Facilitate meetings and/or mediations between tenant associations and HUD representatives
  • Draft correspondence to HUD on behalf of tenant associations
  • Document and file administrative complaints with HUD regarding environmental hazards, substandard management, and general quality of life issues
  • Represent tenants and tenant associations at administrative hearings
  • Recruit and assist pro bono attorneys to support the project
  • Advise tenant associations and organizing sites regarding the best course of action to build tenant associations and preserve affordable housing
  • Assist organizing groups to assemble technical assistance teams where tenant ownership or nonprofit financing is determined to be the best course of action
  • Provide litigation support to legal host site staff (can include legal research and writing, client interviews, assistance with administrative hearings, discovery and trial preparation) as it relates to VAHPP


Some requirements for this program are included below. Please see position descriptions through the host sites’ websites to learn more.

  • Legal Fellows must have a JD
  • Community Organizers must have relevant experience
  • All applicants must be a U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident alien of the U.S.
  • All applicants must be 18 years of age
  • Experience working in the field of affordable housing preservation preferred
  • Experience with community lawyering and/or law and organizing preferred
  • Spanish language proficiency a plus (not required)


Each applicant must apply directly with the host site. More information can be found here:

Applicants can also use the AmeriCorps VISTA application portal (required if they are selected by a host site):

Inquiries can be sent to:

Karamah is hiring a Virginia barred attorney in our Washington D.C. office
to represent domestic violence survivors in family law matters. Karamah also
maintains an additional office in Rockville, MD. Karamah is a nonprofit
organization committed to promoting human rights globally, especially
gender equity, religious freedom and civil rights in the United States. It
pursues its mission through education, legal outreach and advocacy. Karamah’s
family law division provides case management to victims of domestic
violence and sexual assault, as well as direct representation for victims
for cases in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.

Karamah’ Staff Attorney will represent survivors in family law cases,
including civil protective order hearings and other matters – such as child
custody, support, or divorce – arising out of an abusive situation. The
attorney’s duties will also involve coordinating and overseeing Karamah’s case
manager, networking with the domestic violence services community,
including local agencies and shelters, and representing Karamah at speaking
engagement and events.

· Virginia Bar membership in good standing required;
· D.C. bar membership is preferred, but not required;
· Strong communication, and organizational skills;
· Strong legal research and legal document drafting skills;
· Family law, legal aid, firm, or other non-profit experience
· Experience working with domestic violence survivors also strongly
· Familiarity with courts in Northern Virginia is preferred, but
not required;
· 1-2 years prior of litigation experience preferred.

Competitive nonprofit salary depends upon experience. To apply, please
submit a cover letter, resume, brief writing sample, and references to All application materials should be sent under the
subject line: Application Staff Attorney Position, and all documents should
be sent as a single attachment.

Karamah is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and candidates of diverse
backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. For hire immediately.
Applications received before December 22, 2014 will be given priority. Open
until filled.

Marium Durrani
Staff Attorney
Karamah: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights

The mission of University Legal Services’ Protection and Advocacy Program is to ensure that District of Columbia residents with disabilities have the legal rights to which they are entitled, including the right to be free from harm, the right to individual choice and the right to full inclusion in the community.

The job responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
* Providing direct legal representation and advocacy to mental health consumers and individuals with traumatic brain injury;
* Providing technical legal assistance, outreach, and training to providers, government agencies, consumer groups, and persons with disabilities;
* Conducting investigations of alleged abuse and neglect of individuals with disabilities; and
* Conducting outreach and community legal education workshops for individuals in psychiatric hospital.
Qualifications Required:
* A J.D. from an accredited school of law;
* Admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia or be eligible for admission;
Demonstrated effective written and oral communication and problem solving skills;
* Willingness and ability to travel to all areas of the District of Columbia, and to work evenings and weekends when necessary;
* The ability to work collaboratively and creatively with clients, other attorneys, non-lawyer advocates, and community organizations;
* Comfort working in psychiatric facilities, nursing facilities, shelters, and other similar facilities;
* Demonstrated commitment to recovery-based, self-directed mental health services.

Qualifications Preferred:
* Experience in civil rights and/or public benefits law;
* Three to five years of experience doing direct client representation;
* Familiarity with the District of Columbia, including local government agencies, public interest organizations and community resources; and
* Proficiency in Spanish or Amharic.
Generous legal services salary scale, depending on experience.

Interested applicants please email a resume, cover letter, three references, and a writing sample to:


Jennifer Lav
University Legal Services, Inc.
220 I Street, N.E., Suite 130
Washington, D.C. 20002


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