The DC Bar Pro Bono center is seeking a managing attorney for housing law matters.  You can see the full announcement here.

fall internship position

August 10, 2017

The Council for Court Excellence is seeking law school applicants for our Fall 2017 Law and Policy Intern position. This intern will have the opportunity to work on all aspects of CCE’s local justice reform research, policy, and advocacy work. This position may be paid, pending grant funding, for work on occupational licensing reform for people with criminal records. All interns receive SmarTrip stipends to cover the cost of their Metro commute. Please see the position description for further details.

Break the Cycle is a national organization whose mission is to inspire and support young people to build healthy relationships and create a culture without abuse. We have a dynamic and diverse team that believes all young people deserve to live in a world where they can thrive. Through a combination of youth engagement, technical assistance and training, legal services to youth in Washington, DC, and policy advocacy informed by the experiences of our clients, we aspire to end youth dating and domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and cyber-abuse.

Position Description

Break the Cycle seeks a staff attorney who shares our goal of centering our work in young people and their lived realities, leadership, and vision. The Staff Attorney will provide comprehensive legal services to our clients ages 12-24, engage in local and national policy work, and conduct trainings for young people, service providers, attorneys, and other adults who work with youth.

We are looking for an individual who:

  • is committed to and values diverse cultural perspectives;

  • understands systems of oppression and how they intersect with and impact our clients and their communities;

  • recognizes the importance of the voices of youth/clients in all our work;

  • is committed to young people and social change; and

  • is comfortable working in a small non-profit environment that values mentoring and coaching while promoting autonomy.

 

Responsibilities

  • Represent clients in civil protection order and family law cases in DC Superior Court;

  • Represent clients in Title IX matters related to dating violence, sexual assault and stalking at area secondary schools and universities;

  • Engage in criminal case advocacy, including accompanying clients to criminal hearings involving perpetrators when appropriate, keeping them abreast of their cases, and advocating for their desired outcomes;

  • Conduct onsite intake at specified locations;

  • Engage in legal research and writing and maintain a working knowledge of developments in relevant laws;

  • Provide training to a variety of adult service providers and young people on the laws that impact young victims of dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

  • Work collaboratively with the Senior Staff Attorney to support legal services program grant reporting, data tracking, and evaluation;

  • Engage in public policy advocacy locally and nationally to improve systemic responses to youth dating violence; and

  • Other tasks as assigned.

 

Qualifications

  • Juris Doctor and D.C. Bar membership or the ability to waive into DC;

  • 1-2 years litigation/direct legal services experience, preferably with youth or survivors of interpersonal violence. May substitute clerkship or relevant law school clinical work;

  • Patience, enthusiasm, creativity, and a positive attitude;

  • Experience working with young people ages 12-24;

  • Strong analytical and writing skills;

  • Understanding of issues related to domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking preferred; and

  • Proficiency in Spanish preferred.

 

Salary

DOE with excellent benefits including, but not limited to: health, dental and vision insurance, life insurance, flexible spending accounts, and vacation.

To apply, please email resume, cover letter, writing sample, and three references to jobs@breakthecycle.org.

 

The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia seeks a Supervising Attorney or Staff Attorney for its housing law unit. Legal Aid was formed in 1932 to “provide legal aid and counsel to indigent persons in civil law matters and to encourage measures by which the law may better protect and serve their needs.” Legal Aid is the oldest and largest general civil legal services program in the District of Columbia. The largest part of our work is comprised of individual representation in housing, family law, public benefits, and consumer law. From the experiences of our clients, we identify opportunities for law reform, public policy advocacy, and systemic reform litigation.

Tasks and Duties

Legal Aid has a broad and energetic housing practice. We give priority to cases that involve the prevention of an avoidable eviction, efforts to address dangerous or unhealthful housing conditions, and the preservation of affordable housing and public and assisted housing. In addition to an active litigation docket, we engage in significant efforts to address issues of public policy. Our unit is staffed by three supervising attorneys, nine senior staff attorneys and staff attorneys, three “loaned associates” from law firms, and a legal assistant.

Housing attorneys work at Legal Aid’s central office and its community office in Southeast DC. Attorneys also work on two projects: our Court-Based Legal Services Project, which sites a legal services office in Landlord-Tenant Court to provide same-day representation, and our Housing Right to Counsel Pilot Project, which seeks to reduce eviction of low-income tenants living in subsidized housing by significantly expanding their access to legal services.

A Staff Attorney would be expected to handle a caseload of housing cases, perform intakes, and engage in community outreach, policy advocacy and systemic reform efforts. An experienced attorney also might assist in supervising volunteer interns and law firm loaned associates. A Supervising Attorney would co-supervise the housing unit staff (including senior staff attorneys, staff attorneys, and “loaned associates” from law firms and volunteer interns). In addition, she or he will handle a modest individual caseload, provide management assistance, work on policy advocacy, conduct intakes, and help shape the direction of Legal Aid’s housing law unit.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Experience in legal services, preferably with a background in housing law;
  • Strong litigation, organizational, communication, and leadership skills;
  • The ability to work collaboratively with other staff;
  • A demonstrated commitment to social and economic justice; and
  • Bilingual skills strongly preferred but not required.

Membership or eligibility for membership in the DC bar is required.

The ideal Staff Attorney candidate will have practiced for two to three years in legal services, with a background in housing law. The ideal Supervising Attorney candidate will have significant experience in a legal services housing practice and prior supervisory experience.

Salary and Benefits

The attorney will be paid in accordance with Legal Aid’s attorney salary scale. Legal Aid also offers a competitive benefits package.

To Apply

Legal Aid values an inclusive, diverse workplace and encourages applications from interested persons from diverse backgrounds of any race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, personal appearance, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, or any other legally protected status. We strongly encourage applications from people with personal experience with the criminal justice system and/or with lived experiences in the communities we serve. Please submit a letter of interest and resume to:  https://legalaiddc.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=2.

Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. Position remains open until filled.

Legal Aid is currently accepting applications for the following positions:

Staff Attorney, Family Unit

Staff Attorney, Public Benefits

If you’re contemplating a new job, you can find over 25 employment listings for public-interest lawyers in the August 2017 issue of the Washington Council of Lawyers Public Interest Jobs Clearinghouse

The District of Columbia Office of the Attorney General (OAG) seeks a trial
attorney for its Office of Consumer Protection.  See the full announcement here.