Consumer Law Supervising Atty

April 18, 2016

The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia seeks a Supervising Attorney for its consumer 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. The largest part of our work consists of individual representation in housing, family law, public benefits, and consumer law matters. 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 consumer practice. We give priority to cases in which our lawyers can assist clients to avoid foreclosure and/or preserve homeownership or can protect clients against abusive debt collection practices. In addition to maintaining an active litigation docket, we engage in significant efforts to address issues of public policy. At full capacity, our unit is staffed by one supervising attorney, two staff attorneys, one full-time fellow, two part-time volunteer attorneys, and a legal assistant. In addition, we are seeking funding to expand the unit by at least one attorney.

Consumer attorneys work out of Legal Aid’s central office, its community office in Southeast DC, and its court-based offices in DC Superior Court. The unit handles a broad range of consumer law matters, with a focus on judicial and non-judicial foreclosures and debt collection defense actions. The Supervising Attorney will be expected to provide overall leadership and vision for Legal Aid’s consumer law practice; maintain his or her own caseload of consumer cases; supervise all of the staff attorneys, fellows, interns, and volunteer attorneys in the unit; oversee and manage Legal Aid’s two consumer court-based projects (the Court-based Foreclosure Prevention Project and the Consumer Court-based Legal Services Project); conduct and supervise initial client interviews; and engage in community outreach, policy advocacy, and systemic reform efforts.


The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Substantial experience in legal services, preferably with a background in consumer law;
  • Strong litigation, organizational, communication, and leadership skills;
  • Supervisory experience;
  • The ability to work collaboratively;
  • A demonstrated commitment to social and economic justice; and
  • Bilingual skills (in Spanish, Amharic, or another language prevalent in Legal Aid’s client community) 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 values an inclusive, diverse workplace and does not unlawfully discriminate on any basis prohibited by law. Legal Aid encourages applications from all interested persons 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. Interested persons are encouraged to apply immediately and should email a letter of interest and resume to:

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


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