Adult Services Program (ASP) Manager – Public Defender Service (DC) job opening

December 22, 2014

Division Description: As part of PDS’s holistic approach to public defense, the Community Defender Division provides services to adults and children, primarily those who are in the post-adjudication stage of a criminal or juvenile delinquency case in the District of Columbia Superior Court. In the context of evolving concepts of holistic public defense, PDS is seeking to identify and implement enhancements to CDD’s mission and operations. CDD is revising its programs to promote growth and expansion of its delivery of legal services to its clients. CDD currently provides its services through specialized programs for adult and juvenile clients. For adult clients, CDD responds to the legal and social services needs of newly released individuals and others with criminal records, assisting them in making a successful transition back into the community. Further, CDD serves as the PDS liaison to individuals convicted of District of Columbia Code offenses and serving sentences in Federal Bureau of Prisons facilities, to provide information to assist these individuals, monitor their conditions of incarceration, and assist them on parole and other release-related matters. For juvenile clients, CDD represents children at administrative due process hearings, provides in-person legal consultations for children at the District’s youth detention centers and works with community organizations to develop reentry programs that address the special needs of children.
Major Duties: The Adult Services Program (ASP) Manager reports directly to the CDD Chief and will serve as the primary supervisor for the ASP staff attorneys and law clerks. Responsibilities include:

1. Recruitment, training, supervision and evaluation of ASP staff attorney(s) and ASP law clerks, including monthly statistical reporting and program evaluation;
2. Representation of adult clients in administrative hearings and court proceedings, when applicable, and the training and supervision of ASP staff attorneys and law clerks who represent clients in administrative due process hearings and court proceedings;
3. Service as a resource to adult clients, family members and attorneys on policies, procedures and rights of incarcerated clients and clients transitioning into their communities following periods of incarceration, through direct client representation, the maintenance of relationships with stakeholders in the criminal justice system and serving on committees pertaining to criminal justice and reentry issues impacting DC Code offenders;
4. Participation in all CDD events, with an emphasis on community outreach, representation of CDD at community events, training and education related to the mission of CDD.
Qualifications Required: J.D. or equivalent degree from an accredited law school; membership in the District of Columbia Bar, or eligibility for reciprocity admission to the DC Bar; and excellent research, writing, computer and oral persuasion skills.
Qualifications Preferred: Five (5) years experience as an attorney, familiarity with Superior Court Criminal Division practice, administrative law practice, the laws and regulations governing criminal record sealing, parole and supervised release, as well as the rights of individuals who are sentenced and incarcerated pursuant to District of Columbia law.
How to Apply: Applicants must submit: (1) a cover letter; (2) a resume that includes a list of three references (name, address, telephone number, and a statement of how each reference is able to evaluate your skills); and (3) a legal writing sample, preferably a brief or other advocacy piece. Please submit your application materials as a consolidated PDF through the PDS website at


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