Legal Aid Society (DC) Housing Law Attorney position

June 12, 2012

The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia seeks an experienced 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 general civil legal services program in the District of Columbia.

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, six staff attorneys, three “loaned associates” from law firms, and a legal assistant.

Housing attorneys work at Legal Aid’s central office, its community office in Southeast DC, and its court-based office inside Landlord-Tenant Court.  The 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.

Qualifications:  The ideal candidate will have the following:

*   Two to three years of practice 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;

*   Bilingual skills strongly preferred but not required.

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

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 encourages all interested persons regardless of race, ethnicity, sex, gender, sexual orientation, religion or disability to apply.  Interested persons should email a letter of interest and resume to <>.  Interested persons are encouraged to apply immediately.  Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted.  Position remains open until filled.

Katherine L. Hays

Chief Operations Officer

Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia

1331 H Street, N.W., Suite 350

Washington, DC 20005

(202) 661-5959

(202) 727-2132 (fax)




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