Housing Attorney -Legal Aid Society (DC)

February 13, 2017

The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia seeks a 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. 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. The Staff Attorney would be expected to handle a caseload of housing cases, staff and represent clients in our court-based office, perform intakes, and engage in community outreach, policy advocacy and systemic reform efforts. More experienced attorneys also might assist in supervising volunteer interns and law firm loaned associates and mentoring pro bono attorneys who handle housing cases.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Two to three years of 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, legal services partners, and pro bono attorneys;
  • 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.

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: housingattorneysearch@legalaiddc.org.

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

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