August 21, 2014
The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia was formed in 1932 to provide civil legal aid to individuals, families and communities in the District who cannot otherwise afford to hire a lawyer. For more than 80 years, Legal Aid has helped tens of thousands of District residents obtain meaningful access to justice.
The majority of Legal Aid’s work involves direct client representation. We also help clients prevent legal problems through outreach and education and assist clients in resolving their own disputes with advice and other brief assistance. In addition, when issues that have an impact beyond an individual client are identified, we often seek a structural solution, a change in the law, or a reform of government practice.
Academic year interns (Fall or Spring term) are expected to work a minimum of 12 hours per week throughout the semester, to be arranged according to their class schedules.
Legal Aid is divided into four substantive practice units — housing law, domestic violence/family law, public benefits, and consumer law. Law student interns are assigned to one of Legal Aid’s practice units. Accordingly, applicants should express in their cover letter a preference to work with one or more of these practice units:
Housing/Landlord and Tenant – preventing eviction, addressing housing code violations, and preserving affordable housing
Public Benefits – obtaining access to health care, Social Security Disability Insurance/Supplemental Security Income, and other available public benefits
Domestic Violence and Family Law – securing safety from domestic violence and achieving family stability through custody arrangements and support orders
Consumer Law – preventing foreclosure and abusive debt collection practices
Interns work with Legal Aid attorneys representing clients in matters pending in the D.C. Superior Court, the D.C. Office of Administrative Hearings, and before public agencies. They have the opportunity to interact with clients and may attend client meetings, hearings, trials and administrative proceedings. Typical assignments include factual investigation, legal research and writing, drafting of pleadings, and hearing/trial preparation. Interns also participate in internal meetings and are responsible for some administrative duties.
Please email a cover letter, resume, writing sample and transcript (can be unofficial) to Jodi Feldman, Supervising Attorney, at email@example.com.
The law clerk positions would involve supporting attorneys in our general unit, which handles housing, consumer, domestic and public benefits matters. There will be opportunities for client interviews, gathering facts and information about cases, conducting legal research, assisting with discovery and litigation, and possibly handling an administrative hearing (if the timing works out).
We can be flexible in terms of days/hours to accommodate class schedules. Pay is $13/hour for 1L and 2L students, $15/hour for 3Ls.
The positions are not available for those who have graduated from law school or are licensed to practice law. Applications can be sent to me directly, preferably by Tuesday September 2nd.
Contact: Sabrina B. Wear
Elder Law/Public Benefits Unit
Maryland Legal Aid Bureau, Inc.
Metropolitan Maryland Office
6811 Kenilworth Ave.
Riverdale, MD 20737
fax (301) 927-4258
Criminal defense attorney and CUA adjunct professor of law is representing a defendant charged in Maryland with attempted first degree murder and conspiracy to commit first degree murder. Looking for 2Ls, 3Ls, or 2014 graduates with a creative intellect and very strong interest in criminal law to assist with investigation, motions, strategy and general litigation support. You will become an integral part of the defense and be heavily involved. The case will be indicted in August 2014 and likely go to trial no later than February 2015. Time commitment will vary. Some weeks there will be no work and some weeks you will be working up to 20 hours or more. Candidates must (a) have a car, (b) live in DC or Maryland and (c) not be presently working with any prosecutorial agency.
If interested, please send a resume and brief statement of interest to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
University Legal Services, Inc., Protection and Advocacy Program (ULS) has an immediate opening for a part-time (20 hours a week) employment law attorney. The attorney will join our new Employment Law Project, dedicated to removing barriers to employment for individuals with disabilities.
The job responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
* Represent Social Security beneficiaries to remove barriers to work, including assisting beneficiaries with disabilities in accessing training, employment accommodations, and Social Security work incentive programs;
* Represent individuals to challenge employment discrimination that serves as a barrier to work for beneficiaries with disabilities by providing direct representation, outreach and education, and alternative dispute resolution;
* Advocate for access to employment-related programs that lead to competitive employment at competitive wages; and
* Provide information, referral, and advocacy services regarding services and supports that may impact a beneficiary’s ability to obtain, maintain, or retain employment, including but not limited to transportation services, personal care assistants, childcare, assistive technology, and healthcare.
* A J.D. from an accredited school of law;
* Admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia or be eligible for immediate admission;
* Demonstrated effective written and oral communication and problem solving skills;
* At least three years litigation experience;
* 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 other attorneys, non-lawyer advocates, and community organizations;
* Commitment to combating unemployment and underemployment of people with disabilities, and ensuring that District residents with disabilities have access to desegregated, paying jobs.
* Experience in employment discrimination law;
* Familiarity with the District of Columbia, including local government agencies, public interest organizations and community resources;
* Familiarity with employment law;
* Proficiency in Spanish, Amharic, or American Sign Language.
Generous legal services salary scale, depending on experience. Health insurance available.
ULS is a private, non-profit organization that serves as the District of Columbia’s federally mandated protection and advocacy system for the human, legal and service rights of people with disabilities. We are an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, political belief, creed, national origin, marital status, or disability. Individuals with disabilities, people of color, LGBT individuals and others who contribute to staff diversity are especially encouraged to apply.
Position will remain open until filled. Priority will be given to applications received by 9/8/14. Interested applicants please email resume, cover letter, three references, and a writing sample to:
University Legal Services, Inc.
220 I Street, N.E., Suite 130
Washington, D.C. 20002
August 8, 2014
CLC’s Healthy Together is a medical-legal partnership for DC’s children. CLC partners with Children’s National Health System and Mary’s Center to help vulnerable children and their families overcome barriers to good health by holding agencies, landlords, and schools accountable for inappropriate school programs, the failure to provide medically necessary services, and illegal, unhealthy housing conditions.
The Staff Attorney will represent parents and caregivers in education/special education, health care access and housing matters. Given that many clients are Spanish-speaking, the Staff Attorney must be proficient in both written and spoken Spanish. The Staff Attorney will also be responsible for conducting intakes with potential clients, providing advice and referral information, and conducting trainings for medical partners and parents/caregivers. The Staff Attorney will work out of CLC as well as within a medical clinic setting.
Requirements and Qualifications
Spanish-speaking and writing proficiency required
Intellectual aptitude and curiosity
Excellent analytical ability
Strong writing ability
Commitment to working with low-income clients
Excellent interpersonal skills
DC Bar membership or eligibility to waive into the DC Bar required
Car, driver’s license and auto insurance required
Applications should include a cover letter, current resume, Spanish writing sample, legal writing sample and list of three references. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Interviews will be scheduled during August 2014. No phone calls. Applications should be submitted to:
Healthy Together Staff Attorney Selection Committee
Children’s Law Center
616 H Street NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20001
(fax) (202) 467-4949
On behalf of the National Advisory Committee for Equal Justice Works, we want to help spread the word about the 2015 Equal Justice Works Fellowship application process, which is now open. You and your students may now access the application through the EJW website at http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/post-grad/equal-justice-works-fellowships/apply.
Applications must be submitted no later than September 17th at 5:00 p.m. EDT.
Equal Justice Works has recently posted some information about their sponsors, who will consider top-quality projects in locations all across the country addressing the full range of civil legal issues faced by low-income and other vulnerable populations. There are certain geographic and subject areas in which they expect particularly strong sponsor interest:
Geographic Areas: Atlanta; Boston; California (Central Valley, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay Area); Chicago; Florida; Minnesota (Twin Cities); New Jersey (especially Newark); Ohio; Texas; and Washington, D.C .
Issue Areas: Veterans’ Rights; Immigration, Human Trafficking; Healthcare and Medical-Legal Partnerships; Children’s Rights and Education; Consumer Protection; and Mortgage Fraud
In addition, there will almost certainly be funding available for fellowships hosted at the following Host Organizations:
* D.C. Access to Justice Foundation organizations (Raise the Bar) (www.dcaccesstojustice.org/files/Raising_the_bar_-_List_of_Eligible_Orgs_2013.doc) — Washington, D.C.
* Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) (www.supportkind.org) — Nationwide
* National Women’s Law Center (employment discrimination projects) (www.nwlc.org/) — Washington, D.C.
* Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation grantees (www.olaf.org/legal-aid-support/legal-aid-programs/ ) — Ohio
* Texas Access to Justice Foundation grantees (www.teajf.org/news/releases/Grants 2013-14.aspx) – Texas
Equal Justice Works will be posting updated information about sponsor preferences on its website throughout the summer at http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/post-grad/equal-justice-works-fellowships/apply/sponsorship. You can learn more about the program and Equal Justice Works Fellows, and sign up for a free webinar on tips for applying, at http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/post-grad/equal-justice-works-fellowships.
Any questions about the program can be emailed to email@example.com.